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Cancer Gene Hunters

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Twelve months after James Bradford Jr.’s, initial diagnosis of melanoma, his tumor had spread to other organs. While the 75-year-old Nashville banking magnate died 13 days later, his legacy lives on. Early on in his disease course, Bradford’s cancer tissue had been tested for the most common melanoma-associated mutations. These mutations – in genes called [...]

Opening Pandora’s Box

Friday, June 29th, 2012

It’s been two years since Joan Meredith’s stem cell transplant for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Although she is now “100 percent donor” and her new immune system appears to be functioning well, she remains vigilant against the health complications related to her transplant – like infections, for example. “I hated wearing the mask because I [...]

Forecast Positive

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The best meteorologists can seem akin to conjurers – mixing scientific information about pressure gradients and wind patterns with a dollop of gut instinct to create weather forecasts that often appear magically accurate. As a meteorologist for WKRN Channel 2 in Nashville, Davis Nolan, 57, is an expert at diagnosing weather patterns that can create [...]

Home Away From Home

Friday, June 29th, 2012

A few personal touches – a “Good Luck” balloon tied to a chair and Easter cards on the mantle – make Debbie and Danny Nally’s temporary housing at the Villages at Vanderbilt feel a little more like “home.” The Nallys, who are from Bardstown, Ky., are staying in a well-appointed apartment across 21st Avenue from [...]

The Path to Recovery

Friday, June 29th, 2012

It took only 45 minutes for leukemia patient Joe Lawrence to receive the stem cells donated by his brother Kevin, but the procedure itself was just the beginning of his quest to bounce back from a life-threatening form of blood cancer. To help him on his path to recovery, Joe volunteered to be one of [...]

Weighing the Odds

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Although obesity is strongly associated with several types of cancer, public awareness of this link is still lacking. Researchers are investigating how obesity influences cancer risk.

Shape the Future

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Gifts received as part of the university-wide Shape the Future campaign are driving progress at Vanderbilt-Ingram

War On: Melanoma

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Just over 40 years ago, President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act into law. The act expanded federal cancer research efforts and marked the beginning of the “War on Cancer,” a war that has lasted four decades and is still going strong. One of the most promising developments to come out of this “war” [...]

From Good to Great

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

“You have cancer” are three of the most difficult words any patient will ever hear. A diagnosis of cancer sends patients into a bewildering, emotion-laden world filled with unusual tests, unpronounceable medical terms, and the need to make a number of decisions, including where to get care and how to ensure that the care is [...]

Decision Tree

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Kort Nygard opted to wait until his prostate cancer needed treatment. Then he decided to have open surgery. Jim Davidson chose radiation therapy, the external beam type. Sam Dick selected robotic surgery. Three different patients with prostate cancer, three different treatment choices. The decision that faces a man diagnosed with localized prostate cancer is daunting. [...]