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What’s on the menu?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Does an apple a day keep the oncologist away? While eating more fruit is certainly part of a healthy lifestyle, the research remains inconclusive on whether eating apples, or any one specific food for that matter, can reduce the risk of cancer. So-called “superfoods,” such as blueberries, kale and garlic, are often promoted because they [...]

News from Around the Cancer Center

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

T.J. Martell Foundation lauds Hiebert’s research Scott Hiebert, Ph.D., associate director of Basic Research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, was celebrated for his contributions to cancer research during the 6th Annual Nashville Honors Gala benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation. This year’s event at Nashville’s Omni Hotel honored five Nashville community leaders who work diligently to make [...]

Recent Publications by VICC Researchers

Thursday, December 18th, 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 2014:   Gene study focuses on breast cancer in East Asian [...]

E-Cigarettes: A safe alternative to smoking?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Little is known about electronic cigarettes, the newest smoking device on the market. What is certain—the recent phenomenon is sparking a lot of controversy. The battery-operated gadget, also called a personal vaporizer and electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), simulates tobacco smoking. While the device holds promise, there are aspects which greatly concern Hilary Tindle, M.D., [...]

Ayers family support drives proteomic discoveries

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Philanthropists and researchers of the Jim Ayers Institute for Precancer Detection and Diagnosis at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center gathered in April to celebrate the acceptance of a landmark paper by the prominent science journal Nature. The report describes protein “signatures” of genetic mutations that drive colorectal cancer, a first-of-its-kind technological achievement that the researchers said will [...]

Cancer Prevention Facts

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

CANCER PREVENTION FACTS These are proven ways to lower your cancer risk: Stop smoking and using other tobacco products Maintain a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet Exercise 30 minutes per day Get immunized Protect your skin from the sun     CANCER PREVENTION MYTHS According to the NCI, research shows that the following [...]

EB Jackson: In Her Own Words

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

In the summer of 2013, my 39-year-old husband, Todd Jackson, our 4-month-old daughter, Allie, and I were living the life we had dreamed of and worked hard to achieve, when our bliss was interrupted by Todd’s strange speech symptoms. Brain surgery and a diagnosis of glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, followed over [...]

Preventing Cancer

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

When I was a postdoctoral fellow in the early 1990s, two large epidemiologic studies showed that a select group of human papilloma virus (HPV) types is responsible for premalignant lesions found in Pap smear screening and for the development of most cervical cancers. Later studies showed that nearly all cervical cancers are caused by HPV. [...]

Smart Choices

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The barrage of cancer prevention messages is a near constant in our Facebook feeds and on news broadcasts. Eliminate sugar from your diet. Eat more blueberries. Don’t grill your meat. Use only organic household cleaners. Filter your tap water. Stop using deodorant with aluminum. Get more sun exposure because vitamin D is good. Get less [...]

High Stakes

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Music has always filled Andrew Leahey’s mind and his heart. With a mom who taught music classes, Leahey spent his early years in Richmond, Virginia, plinking on the keys of the family piano, listening to melodies and singing along. “I thought it was just normal, that everybody walked around the house singing all the time. [...]