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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Blood cancer progression

Aug. 29, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers used single-cell technologies to explore the accumulation of mutations during blood cancer progression, which could help identify strategies for preventing leukemia before it occurs.

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Studies combine genetic testing, electronic health records to find undiagnosed diseases

Apr. 28, 2022—Combining genetic testing with information from electronic health records revealed undiagnosed heart rhythm disorders and new conditions associated with inherited cancer gene mutations.

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Financial impact of prior authorization

Apr. 12, 2022—Prior authorization — health insurer approval of a medical intervention prior to treatment — costs more than $40 million for U.S. academic radiation oncology practices, with questionable value added to patient care.

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Medicare beneficiaries without low-income subsidies were less likely to fill important prescriptions, new study finds

Apr. 4, 2022—Vanderbilt research shows that Medicare Part D beneficiaries who did not receive federal subsidies to lower their out-of-pocket costs were nearly twice as likely as others to not fill prescriptions for serious health conditions like cancer or hepatitis C treatment.

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Stress in young adult cancer patients and caregivers

Mar. 24, 2022—Adolescent and young adult oncology patients and caregivers experience psychosocial impairment and financial toxicity at the time of cancer diagnosis, findings that will inform interventions to support patient and caregiver well-being.

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Bots boost liver cancer outcome

Mar. 10, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers report that robotic-assisted surgery is comparable, if not superior, to laparoscopic surgery for early-stage liver cancer patients.

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