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A Closer Look

From a young age, Scott Sobecki had two loves: medicine and computers. His career path began with the former and gravitated to the latter. Vanderbilt brought them together in one job. Sobecki is the director of the Research Informatics Core at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, leading a 25-person team that develops software to aid researchers in [...]

A Closer Look

There are two computer screens on the desk of Christine Micheel, Ph.D., one constantly monitoring the Web traffic on MyCancerGenome.org. “I can see how many people are on the website right now and where they are in the world. We get about 1,000 visits every day, and less than half are from the U.S. International [...]

A Closer Look

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 [...]

A Closer Look

Administrator Susan Mills manages the mountains of paperwork generated by VICC’s programs and grants.

A Closer Look

When Kate McReynolds, MSC, MSN, ANP-BC, teaches cancer genetics to nursing students, she uses the analogy of a library. A human cell’s nucleus is the physical building, filled with shelves we call chromosomes. On each shelf are hundreds of books called genes. Each book, or gene, contains a recipe for a protein, and together those [...]

SPOTLIGHT ON

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. [...]

SPOTLIGHT ON

Myth: Ovarian cancer does not have symptoms. Fact: It does. Cheri Barrow knows this all too well. In 2007, after months of struggling with severe bloating, reduced appetite, lower pelvic pain and hot flashes, the Elkton, Ky., school teacher went to the doctor and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She is currently on her fifth [...]

SPOTLIGHT ON

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

SPOTLIGHT ON

Kim Brewer is off and running after two treatments for bladder cancer, which often recurs, making it the most expensive cancer to treat.

SPOTLIGHT ON

With her husband stationed overseas in Korea and an active 1-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter in tow, Erin Allmon decided she was way too busy to have any further complications in life. So when she went to be tested for a familial gene mutation that might cause pancreatic cancer, she was determined that there was [...]

STORIES OF SURVIVAL

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 [...]


STORIES OF SURVIVAL

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 [...]


STORIES OF SURVIVAL

M y cancer story is not unique, not special in any way. But telling my story is a form of therapy for me—a way to exorcise some of the less pleasant details of an unexpected journey and exalt some important things I learned along the way.


STORIES OF SURVIVAL

As a sports-crazy 14-year-old, Matt Bulow had his leg amputated below the knee. After Paralympics bronze medals and a world record in long jump, he is now helping others reach their mobility goals as a prosthetist.


STORIES OF SURVIVAL

The phrase “breast cancer” has been part of my lexicon for as far back as I can remember. As a young child, I heard the phrase when my mom told stories about my great-grandmother. I remember hearing that Mama Jacobs “nursed with only one breast.” I gleaned from the adults around me that “nursing with [...]


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Director’s Letter

A word from Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.

Director’s Letter

A word from Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.

Director’s Letter

A word from Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.

Director’s Letter

A word from Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.

Director’s Letter

A word from Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.

Director’s Letter

A word from Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.

Quick Takes

News from around the Cancer Center

Quick Takes

News from around the Cancer Center

Quick Takes

News from around the Cancer Center

Quick Takes

News from around the Cancer Center

Journal Watch

Highlights of recent publications.

Journal Watch

Highlights of recent publications.

Journal Watch

Highlights of recent publications.

Journal Watch

Highlights of recent publications.

Journal Watch

Highlights of recent publications.