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Combo therapy may help fight melanoma

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Two therapies already in clinical development as single agents may work in combination to treat many subtypes of melanoma, a recent study suggests.

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 […]

Indiana Couple Supports Melanoma Research

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) melanoma patient Gerald (Jerry) Schreiber and wife Phyllis organized and hosted the first annual Melanoma Research Golf Classic in Evansville, Indiana. The golf scramble raised $19,000 for VICC melanoma research spearheaded by Igor Puzanov, M.D., MSCI, associate professor of Medicine and director of Melanoma Clinical Research.

Bradfords’ Support Boosts Melanoma Research

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

When something attacks you, you want to attack it back. That’s how Lillian “Tooty” Bradford views her late husband James “Jimmy” Bradford Jr.’s decision to make an initial gift to fund melanoma research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC). The goal: to attack cancerous melanoma with the help of some of the greatest minds and researchers […]

Uncommon BRAF Melanoma Mutation

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

An uncommon mutation of the BRAF gene in melanoma patients has been found to respond to MEK inhibitor drugs, providing a rationale for routine screening and therapy in melanoma patients who harbor the BRAF L597 mutation. The new study by co-first-authors Kimberly Brown Dahlman, Ph.D., Junfeng Xia, Ph.D., and Katherine Hutchinson, B.S., Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center […]

New Drug Mutes More Melanomas

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Therapies targeted to a specific mutation in the BRAF gene can significantly reduce tumor burden in metastatic melanoma. But these therapies are not suitable for melanomas lacking the mutation, and even tumors carrying the BRAF mutation eventually become resistant to those therapies. Using human melanoma tumors implanted into mice, Ann Richmond, Ph.D., and colleagues assessed […]

Going for the Gold

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center cordially invites you and your guests to join us for Going for the Gold: Living Well through Cancer! Due to an overwhelming response, we have closed registration. We are thrilled to have so many people attend! Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012 Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Where: Vanderbilt University Student Life Center 310 […]

Melanoma Drug Risks Studied

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Melanoma patients who are treated with new oral drugs inhibiting the BRAF gene are at increased risk for developing secondary skin cancers. A new study co-authored by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators and researchers from 12 other cancer centers discovered clues that may explain what is triggering these secondary cancers. VICC’s Igor Puzanov, M.D., assistant professor […]

Symposium set for Melanoma Survivors

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center melanoma experts will hold a patient education symposium for melanoma survivors and caregivers on Saturday, March 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Preston Research Building, Room 898J. The free symposium, co-sponsored by the Melanoma Research Foundation, is open to all melanoma patients, no matter where they received their treatment. […]

Melanoma Drug Nearly Doubles Survival

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and 12 other centers in the United States and Australia have found that a new drug for patients with metastatic melanoma nearly doubled median overall survival. More than half of patients who were treated with the novel drug vemurafenib, known commercially as Zelboraf, responded to treatment and experienced an impressive […]