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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 [...]

Wade Hayes: In His Own Words

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

My name is Wade Hayes. I am a singer/songwriter/ musician here in Nashville. I can now add colon cancer survivor to my resume. I started this journey back in 2011. I had been experiencing symptoms for a few years such as minor bleeding and lethargy. I attributed my symptoms to heavy weightlifting and a hectic and [...]

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 [...]


Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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 [...]

Finding a New Voice

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Lori Stegner has spent most of her life entertaining audiences, starting with family and friends during her childhood.

Our Mission

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

We’re strong and we’re advancing in our fight against cancer. That’s the feeling permeating Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, even as the health care industry faces unprecedented financial concerns and we proactively tighten our budgets here at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. I’m reminded of the name of this magazine—Momentum. Every day I can feel the movement and [...]

A Closer Look

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

This fall, Anne Washburn and her sister Rachel ran a half marathon in memory of their mother Sharon, who died from pancreatic cancer 25 years ago. “I know 25 years is just a number, but it’s a time of reflection. I’m turning 46 and that’s as long as her life was. I think how thankful [...]