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Tindle to lead Tobacco Research and Treatment

Friday, November 21st, 2014

November is well-known as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It is also the month that highlights awareness of less publicized forms of cancer including pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer. All three of these diseases share a common risk factor — cigarette smoking. “Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death and it is claiming […]

Protein “pockets” help ID cancer genes

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Somatic mutations, which can occur in any cell except sperm or egg, are not inheritable. Several recent studies have demonstrated that disease-causing mutations commonly alter protein folding, protein stability and protein-protein interactions. It has been difficult, however, to determine which somatic mutations identified in tumor samples “drive” the cancer development and which are just “along […]

Accuracy of Lung Imaging Varies by Region

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

FDG-PET technology is less accurate in diagnosing lung cancer versus benign disease in regions where infections like histoplasmosis or tuberculosis are common, a recent study has found.

Grant Spurs Lung Cancer Surgery Research

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Joe B. (Bill) Putnam Jr., M.D., Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and chair of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, and colleague Felix Fernandez, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, have received a grant to investigate the most effective forms of surgery to treat lung cancer patients.

Lung Cancer Study Reveals New Drug Targets

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Lung cancer patients with specific gene alterations may benefit from combination therapy that targets two different cancer pathways, a recent study suggests.

Rising Tobacco Epidemic in Asia

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

A new study estimates that tobacco smoking has been linked to approximately 2 million deaths among adult men and women in Asia in recent years and predicts a rising death toll. The study, published in PLOS Medicine, was led by Wei Zheng, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, professor of Medicine and director of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, […]

VICC Offers Lung Cancer Screens

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has launched a new lung cancer screening program to provide low-dose CT scans for patients at high risk for the deadly disease. Current or former smokers ages 55 to 74 who have a history of 30 or more pack years of smoking are eligible for the scans. A pack year is defined […]

Lovly earns Damon Runyon Cancer Research Award

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Christine Lovly, M.D., Ph.D., instructor in Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has earned the 2013 Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award, which supports young physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research. The three-year award will provide $450,000 for Lovly’s research efforts in lung cancer. “I am so honored to receive this prestigious and competitive award […]

Regional variations in benign lung disease

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

By Dagny Stuart A study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators found that rates of benign lung disease diagnosis varied widely by state following surgery for lung cancer. The results could have an impact on clinical guidelines and health policy for lung cancer screening. The study was presented by Stephen A. Deppen, M.A., M.S., […]

Lung Cancer Research Gets Boost from Breathe Deep Events

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

More Tennesseans are expected to die this year from lung cancer than any other form of cancer. Yet, lung cancer research receives far less funding than other forms of the disease. To address this funding disparity, the LUNGevity Foundation will host the second annual Breathe Deep 5-K race/walk event, Saturday, Nov. 17, in Nashville’s Centennial […]