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Moving On

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Susan Hahn is moving again – into a new home and into a new stage of life after cancer. The Chicago native had moved to Nashville in January 2009. She was engaged by that July and quickly began planning a big wedding. She and her fiancé had also just begun plans to tear down and […]

Successes and Challenges in Prostate Cancer

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The nearly 100 percent five-year survival rate for localized prostate cancer is one of the great success stories in the field. But when a man is told he has prostate cancer, it quickly becomes clear just how frightening and confusing that diagnosis can be. Fortunately, there are many treatment options. But for early stage, localized […]

Lady and the Tramp

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Sitting next to the biology and medical tomes on a shelf in Robert Matusik’s office are two stuffed animals: Lady and the Tramp. They are there in homage to the mouse models of prostate cancer – fondly called lady and tramp models – that Matusik and his colleagues have generated. “We are all waiting for […]

Sam Dick: Robotic Surgery

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Sam Dick, 54, a television news anchor in Lexington, Ky., had just watched his father die from prostate cancer when he got the news last fall that he had the disease. He and his wife wanted a cure and decided that surgery was the best option. They learned from online research and conversations with physicians […]

Jim Davidson: Radiation

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Jim Davidson, Ph.D., 68, a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt, talked to a couple of friends and colleagues after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. One had radiation therapy in the 1970s; the other had surgery about 15 years ago. “So from my huge statistical sampling of two, I had a […]

Kort Nygard: Surveillance, Then Surgery

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Kort Nygard, Ph.D., 69, a clinical psychologist, considers himself a “skilled practitioner in the art of denial.” He was happy to defer treatment when his first biopsy showed he had prostate cancer. On a second biopsy though, his cancer had spread. His physician, David Penson, M.D., said it was time to treat and laid out […]

Taming the Tiger

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

About a third of patients who are treated for localized prostate cancer will have a recurrence, says David Penson, M.D., MPH. A small percentage of patients already have metastatic prostate cancer – cancer that has spread beyond the prostate gland – when they are first diagnosed. “Metastatic prostate cancer is a tiger that’s out of […]

Cancer Survivors’ Day Highlights

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

More than 350 cancer survivors, caregivers, advocates and health professionals gathered at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center last Saturday (June 18, 2011) to learn, connect and celebrate. Cancer GPS: Navigating Your Journey included remarks from keynote speaker Linda Armstrong Kelly (author and mother of champion cyclist and survivor Lance Armstrong), music and stories from survivor, […]

Magnesium Affects Prostate Cancer Risk

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Several studies suggest that calcium intake or higher blood calcium increases prostate cancer risk; however, others do not agree. Magnesium plays an important role in counteracting the effect of calcium, including effects on cell proliferation and inflammation. Qi Dai, M.D., Ph.D., Jay Fowke, Ph.D., and colleagues investigated the importance of serum magnesium and calcium levels […]

Vanderbilt Opens New Lymphedema Clinic

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

For the first time, Vanderbilt is providing specialized services for patients who are experiencing lymphedema, a chronic debilitating condition which is the result of an accumulation of protein-rich fluid in tissues. The fluid retention can cause severe swelling, pain, skin ulcerations and impaired mobility, and once present, the condition continues to progress. The new Vanderbilt […]