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Author: Tom Wilemon

Health disparity for blacks exists within lung screening guidelines

Jun. 27, 2019—  by Tom Wilemon The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines that determine which smokers qualify for CT scans exclude significant numbers of African Americans who develop lung cancer, a health disparity that merits modifications to lung cancer screening criteria, according to a study from Vanderbilt researchers. “Among smokers diagnosed with lung cancer, 32%...

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Biomarkers of DNA methylation can be a predictor of breast cancer risk

Jun. 26, 2019—Biomarkers of DNA methylation, which regulate gene expression, can be a predictor of breast cancer risk.

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Study identifies critical regulator of tumor-specific T cell differentiation

Jun. 18, 2019—A study published June 17 in Nature offers clues as to why blocking inhibitory receptors on tumor-infiltrating T cells may not always work

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Cardiac toxicity risk factors identified with relapsed multiple myeloma therapy

Jun. 13, 2019—More than half of patients with relapsed multiple myeloma treated with carfilzomib experienced cardiac issues during treatment, according to a multi-institutional study published June 12 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Eng named to GI cancer leadership position at VICC

Jun. 13, 2019—Cathy Eng, MD, a national and international leader in gastrointestinal medical oncology, is joining Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC).

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Treatment approved for patients with acute graft-versus-host disease

Jun. 13, 2019—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved ruxolitinib, the first drug for patients with acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) who have an inadequate response to steroid treatment. VUMC's Madan Jagasia, MBBS, MS, MMHC, was a lead investigator of the REACH1 trial that was the basis for the FDA approval.

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Immunotherapy helping 87-year-old man stay on the job

Jun. 6, 2019—Nine years after being diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, Roszell Mack Jr., 87, still goes into the office every day thanks to a durable response to the immunotherapy pembrolizumab.

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Bioimpedance spectroscopy better than tape measure for identifying lymphedema risk

May. 3, 2019—Bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) is better than a tape measure for assessing a woman’s risk for developing lymphedema.

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Cancer Center’s annual scientific retreat set for May 1

Apr. 22, 2019—The varying roles that signaling molecules play in progression of cancer is the focus of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 20th Annual Scientific Retreat when some of the nation’s top experts will speak about “Signal Transduction in Cancer Initiation, Progression and Treatment.”

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Asian nations in early tobacco epidemic: study

Apr. 18, 2019—Asian countries are in the early stages of a tobacco smoking epidemic with habits mirroring those of the United States from past decades, setting the stage for a spike in future deaths from smoking-related diseases.

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Team explores fungal infection quandary in lung cancer screenings

Apr. 18, 2019—Serving a region that lies within the tobacco belt, clinicians at Vanderbilt Health face challenges distinguishing lung cancer from histoplasmosis, a fungal infection that creates cancer-mimicking lesions in the lungs.

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Study reframes approach to targeted therapy resistance

Apr. 11, 2019—When a tumor mutates and develops resistance to a targeted therapy, researchers often focus on the acquisition of new mutations within the drug target as they seek an alternative treatment, but a team of Vanderbilt scientists has shown this may not be sufficient.

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