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A Hopeful Path

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Myth: Ovarian cancer does not have symptoms. Fact: It does. Cheri Barrow knows this all too well. In 2007, after months of struggling with severe bloating, reduced appetite, lower pelvic pain and hot flashes, the Elkton, Ky., school teacher went to the doctor and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She is currently on her fifth [...]

An Exciting Time

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

We know that half of all cancer cases are preventable or detectable early, and imaging plays a big role in early detection of tumors. For example, our new lung cancer screening program, just launched in January, provides low-dose CT scans for patients at high risk for lung cancer, one of the deadliest cancers. Ninety percent [...]

Women’s Final Four brings ovarian cancer support to Nashville

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

When the NCAA Women’s Final Four came to Nashville in April, it brought great basketball action, plus extra support for ovarian cancer. Annually, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund supports a cancer research grant to an institution based in the host city of the NCAA Women’s Final Four. This year’s $100,000 grant was awarded to Vanderbilt-Ingram [...]

A Closer Look

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

There are two computer screens on the desk of Christine Micheel, Ph.D., one constantly monitoring the Web traffic on MyCancerGenome.org. “I can see how many people are on the website right now and where they are in the world. We get about 1,000 visits every day, and less than half are from the U.S. International [...]

Screening Advances

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Finding cancer early may make it easier to treat—and possibly cure. Imaging plays a role in screening to detect breast cancer (mammography) and lung cancer (CT). Vanderbilt has made recent advances in both areas, with the implementation of powerful new breast imaging technology and the launch of a lung cancer screening program. The Vanderbilt Breast [...]

Visualizing Data

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

      These graphs, called Circos plots, help researchers visualize genomic data. Each plot shows a tumor’s complete genetic sequence. The outer ring represents the genome’s 22 chromosomes plus sex chromosomes X and Y. The middle rings plot where single bases of DNA mutate or where larger sections of DNA are inserted or deleted [...]

Brock family supports promising young researchers

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Young cancer researchers at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center have a new champion in the Brock family. John F. Brock III, chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, his wife, Mary, and their three children, Rebecca, John IV and Major, have established the Brock Family Fellowship, an endowment that supports physicians, postdoctoral students and researchers furthering their training. [...]

Is It Already Time

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

We’ll know something Thursday That’s what the doctors said We’ll see what we’re dealing with We’ll see how far it spread Now just go home And try to get some rest I made it to the truck Staring in the rear view How are you supposed to take it When you get that kind of [...]

Recent Publications by VICC Researchers

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is committed to conducting innovative, high-impact, basic, translational and clinical research with the greatest potential for making a difference for cancer patients, today and in the future. Here’s a sampling of work published in peer-reviewed journals by Cancer Center investigators in 2013-2014:   Study sheds light on DNA replication During the more [...]

News from Around the Cancer Center

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Breast SPORE lands NCI renewal Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Breast Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) has been awarded a third round of funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The SPORE grant renewal will provide more than $11.3 million in funding support over the next five years for breast cancer research. “It is becoming uncommon for a [...]