This quote from Katie Couric's keynote speech at A Woman's Journey sums up the hard work of cancer scientists, clinicians, patients, families and friends.
Issues & Perspectives
I heard a story about actors Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Tom Hanks forming a colonoscopy slumber party of sorts. They get together at one of their homes the day of the bowel prep and bring in a caterer to make them broth and gelatin, play poker all night, and the next day they have(...)
Oct 11, 2013 1 comment
I never thought I’d be exposed to such a wide variety of expert musicians and performers working as a communications coordinator in the Cancer Center. Through the Cancer Center’s Art of Healing Performing Arts Series, I have the exciting opportunity to work with high caliber musicians from the Peabody Institute, local ballet dancers, and even a(...)
Mar 6, 2012 1 comment
I was listening to the radio as I was driving in my car, and the lyrics in the song struck me. It went something like this, “Cancer doesn’t discriminate or care if you’re just 38.” I thought to myself, “Well, yes it does.” Cancer has always been and remains a disease of aging. Perhaps the(...)
Mar 1, 2012 3 comments
Researchers from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and other institutions reported more data today on studies of a new melanoma drug that target products of a cancer-causing mutation in the BRAF gene. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked patients with metastatic melanoma who have been followed for more than a year(...)
Feb 22, 2012 No comments
For Carrie Wells, a powerful and positive part of surviving breast cancer was attending a retreat with women who shared similar journeys. Being surrounded by other survivors was a chance for connection, education, relaxation and healing. So moved was Carrie by the retreat experience, she felt compelled to help other cancer survivors find equally valuable(...)
Feb 11, 2012 No comments
We completed three days of filming for a new C-Answers video series on cancer survivorship. In one of the video segments, we feature nutritionist Lynda McIntyre discussing how to stay healthy through diet and nutrition. Each time I listen to Lynda speak on these issues, I feel like my diet needs a complete makeover. But(...)
Feb 7, 2012 No comments
I entered uncharted territory when I began the feature story for the latest issue of the Kimmel Cancer Center's magazine Promise & Progress. I was unaware that Johns Hopkins engineers had joined our cancer experts in the fight against cancer and equally unaware of the great body of work that was coming from this new(...)
Jan 27, 2012
Several years after Annie Applegarth battled sarcoma, she joined the Mermaids, a group of swimmers that raises money for cancer research. Before her diagnosis she had never spent much time in the water. Now her friends and family cheer as she finishes up a mile. Click below to hear her story.
Jan 13, 2012 1 comment
Jamie Galloway is a retired microbiologist who volunteers her time supporting other breast cancer survivors. She provides them comfort and companionship, just as she was supported during her own battle with the disease. Click below to hear her story.
Dec 9, 2011 No comments