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Bringing Cancer to Light

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

It all started with a faint glow. It was November 1895, and the German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen was experimenting with an early cathode ray tube—a vacuum tube with a contained electric current. During his experiments he noticed an odd fluorescence in crystals on a nearby table. Surprisingly, the glow continued even when he covered the tube with [...]

First in Line

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Signing up as the first person to test a new cancer drug had never crossed Debbie Grider’s mind, even though she knew she might be at risk for breast cancer. Her mother, sisters and several aunts on her father’s side of the family had already been diagnosed years earlier. The 61-year-old Hendersonville, Tenn., wife, mother [...]

Genetic Explorers

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

  The human genome encompasses 3.3 billion base pairs in 25,000 genes, sequenced over 13 years in a $3 billion international effort. Like the moon landing or cloning Dolly the sheep, the Human Genome Project—the mission to map a human’s complete set of DNA—captured the public’s attention and blew open the genetics field. In the [...]

Behind the Scenes: Chemotherapy

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

From the Greek root meaning “chemical,” chemotherapy is the process of using drugs to destroy rapidly dividing cells, a hallmark of most cancer cells. As one of the pillars of cancer treatment, chemotherapy can come in pill form or a liquid given through the vein. Some patients have one treatment every few months, while others [...]

Global Impact

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

From the bustling streets of Shanghai and Lusaka, to the dairy and potato farms of Túquerres, on Colombia’s high Andean plateau, Vanderbilt University researchers are scouring the world to reveal the secrets of cancer. Aided by the latest genomic technologies as well as tried-and-true, door-to-hut epidemiology, these modern-day explorers are mapping out a previously unimagined [...]

Melanoma Tissue Repository

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

You have signed on the dotted line, giving Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center permission to keep whatever tissue is left over from the biopsy of your melanoma tumor. What happens next? You obviously don’t want these cells gone wild, but VICC researchers are clamoring for the tissue to use it for the next discoveries in genetics and [...]

Untangling RAS

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

An “undruggable” cancer-causing protein, 30 years of research and the national initiative that aims to finally make the connections

Center of Attention

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Prostate cancer survivors step into the spotlight to take outcomes research in a new direction.

The Data Revolution

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

When Vanderbilt’s Cancer Center was founded in 1993, the computer age was booming like never before. According to the Census Bureau, 28 percent of U.S. households had a computer and 46 percent of adults used a computer at work. At that time, IBM, Gateway and Apple computers were most popular, and Microsoft Windows became the [...]

20 Years

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Over its 20 years, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has grown and multiplied and grown some more, spreading into all parts of the University. It introduced new programs and resources, involving more and more scientists and clinicians and cultivating the highest level patient care, research and education. So much has changed in 20 years—mapping the human genome, [...]