childhood cancers

Multi-institutional study of Wilms tumor facilitates enrollment, optimizes treatment

Multi-institutional study finds that enrollment and outcomes were similar across racial and ethnic groups for children participating in therapeutic trials for Wilms tumor — the most common pediatric kidney cancer worldwide.

Debra Friedman named deputy director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Internationally recognized cancer survivorship expert Debra Friedman, MD, MS, has been named deputy director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Debra Friedman, MD, MS, center, with representatives from Hyundai Motor America and local dealerships. (photo by Donn Jones)

Debra Friedman receives Hyundai Hope On Wheels Impact Award

Debra Friedman, MD, MS, has been awarded a $100,000 Hyundai Hope On Wheels Impact Award to examine outcomes in pediatric, adolescent and young adult sarcoma patients and survivors.

Child ambassador Brody Reiner drops the puck at the Hockey Fights Cancer game March 25. Brody, a patient of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, is joined on the ice by retired goalie Pekka Rinne, Predators player Colton Sissons, left, and Seattle Kraken player Yanni Gourde.

Predators’ support in battling childhood cancer stays strong

The Nashville Predators, including retired goalie Pekka Rinne, recently visited Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to present hospital leaders with the proceeds raised throughout the year from the team’s 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily.

On hand for a recent celebration of the new research fund were Debra Friedman, MD, MS, left, and Brianna Smith, MD, MS, (holding the plaque) and, from right, Larisa and Phillip Featherstone with their daughters Lily, Sophie and Sophia, and Carol and Ron Johnston.

Family’s gift will support pediatric cancer research

Lily Hensiek’s family has made a new $1 million commitment to endow the Lily’s Garden Discovery Researcher Fund in the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dominic Gamez is resuming more activities since he received an expandable prosthesis to treat osteosarcoma in his left leg.

Expandable prosthesis gives young patient more mobility

To treat the osteosarcoma in his left leg, Dominic Gamez, 7, and his family chose to have a magnetic expandable prosthesis implanted that can be manipulated to grow incrementally as the child grows.

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