Study shows palliative care provided at point of oncology surgery does not improve patient outcomes
May. 11, 2023—New Vanderbilt research provides evidence that the addition of palliative care services earlier in the disease process, specifically to patients having surgery for cancer, does not demonstrate benefits to the patients.
Better adenoma detection
May. 4, 2023—Fluorescent nanoparticles clearly identified colonic adenomas — precursors to colorectal cancer — in mice, and the formulation should translate to clinical use in humans.
Decoding cell division machinery
Mar. 23, 2023—Phosphate modification regulates the cell localization of Cdc15, one of the main controllers of cell division, to fine tune the assembly of cell division machinery.
Breast cancer genetics: new insights
Feb. 16, 2023—Largest genetic study of breast cancer to date identifies 222 genetic risk loci, 137 genes and multiple signaling pathways associated with risk, providing important new insights.
Targeted therapy for neuroendocrine tumors
Feb. 16, 2023—Cancer therapies that target VEGF receptor appear safe and effective for patients with pancreatic and non-pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, meta-analysis of phase 2/3 clinical trials demonstrates.
Nobel laureate Nurse set for year’s first Discovery Lecture
Jan. 26, 2023—Nobel Prize-winning geneticist and cell biologist Sir Paul Nurse, PhD, will be at Vanderbilt Thursday, Feb. 9, to deliver the year's first Discovery Lecture.
Surgery for hereditary breast cancer
Nov. 17, 2022—Similar rates of bilateral mastectomy in women with inherited mutations in high- and moderate-penetrance genes raises concerns about possible overtreatment of some patients, Vanderbilt researchers report.
Policy, resources crucial for lung cancer screening: study
Sep. 29, 2022—Vanderbilt reseach shows that resources for lung cancer screening programs increased the number of veterans screened.
Multisite project seeks to use patients’ voices to help diagnose disease
Sep. 22, 2022—Vanderbilt University Medical Center is partnering with 11 institutions on a $14 million NIH-funded project that aims to establish voice as a biomarker used in clinical care.
Nerve cells and cancer progression
Sep. 22, 2022—Immature nerves and neural precursor cells increase in density as a type of premalignant tumor in the pancreas progresses to invasive disease, suggesting that blocking these cells may arrest malignant progression.
Cancer registries and sarcoma research
Sep. 13, 2022—The number of sarcoma research studies that use the two largest U.S. cancer registries is increasing, but over one-third of studies that asked the same research question reported conflicting findings.
Study tests drug to illuminate cancer during surgery
Sep. 8, 2022—A Vanderbilt study is testing drugs that provide a targeted fluorescent dye that clings to and illuminates cancer.