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Easy on the Eyes

Monday, June 15th, 2015

  Jude Kee’s amber eyes are framed with brown glasses—the better to see his favorite “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” show, which he requests over and over again, or to read his favorite books, like “The Little Engine That Could” and “Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop.” Since he was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer in 2014, [...]

Generation Next

Monday, June 15th, 2015

R01. One letter and two numbers, often considered the holy grail of grant funding. It is the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) original grant mechanism, typically offering $1 million or more over five years, with the possibility of competitive renewal for years afterward. But it can take years of research and reams of data to [...]

Diane King: In Her Own Words

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Isn’t it interesting how one remembers the date? Mine was Jan. 11, 2011. I hadn’t been feeling well for a few months, and a lymph node in my neck was continually swelling. On that date, however, I had a CT scan for a suspected kidney stone. My doctor called with the results. When I answered [...]

Recent Publications by VICC Researchers

Monday, June 15th, 2015

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 2014-2015:   Study in East Asians identifies genes tied to colon [...]

News from Around the Cancer Center

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Program focuses on heart health of cancer patients The Vanderbilt Cardio-Oncology program has fostered a special collaborative relationship combining the expertise of cardiologists and oncologists to understand the effects of cancer therapy on the heart. This type of collaboration is now helping to define the cardiovascular health of more than 14 million cancer survivors in [...]

The Evolution of Aspirin

Monday, June 15th, 2015

A cancer cell is an evolutionary marvel, built for survival—and speed. Born of genes gone bad, it hijacks normal parts of its environment to survive and divide until it is not one, but many cells, a mushroom cloud of danger called a tumor. Sporting camouflage when it travels, a cancer cell can hide from the [...]

A Full Life

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Colon cancer, when it came, tiptoed into Jeanetta Fargo’s life. “I felt great. I was working out all the time…I never felt better in my life.” There had been abdominal spasms a year earlier—discounted when an ultrasound revealed nothing. Even an abnormal screening test during her annual physical exam, and a recommendation from her doctor [...]

Cancer Killers

Monday, June 15th, 2015

  T cells. Killer T cells. They’re on the prowl inside you right now, these “hit men” of the immune system. Their surfaces are armed with receptors that have the dossiers of their “marks”—virus-infected cells, cancer cells or other damaged cells. When they recognize a target, they have the power to kill. But they aren’t always effective. [...]

The Promise of Cancer Immunotherapy

Monday, June 15th, 2015

The idea of using immune cells to treat cancer isn’t new; however, recently basic scientists and clinical investigators have garnered enough mechanistic insight and clinical data to realize the promise of cancer immunotherapy. New immunotherapy drugs were approved late last year, and in trials we saw that more patients were responding to the drugs and [...]

A Closer Look

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Lauren Hackett doesn’t consider her personal experience with cancer unique. Throughout her life, the disease has touched the lives of friends, relatives and colleagues. Hackett’s mother won a fight against breast cancer two decades ago, but lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia in 2010. “We all have similar stories,” she said. Hackett joined Vanderbilt-Ingram [...]