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We Believe in Memphis: Meet Dr. Bill West

Tuesday, December 26, 2017
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“We Believe in Memphis” is a media outreach ministry that’s aim is to tell the good stories and good news of the Memphis Metro area. Our WCC founder, Dr. Bill West, meets with Stan Stanford and Maxi Dunham to talk about his own story, West Cancer Center, and his goals for the future! To view the entire segment, please visit http://www.webelieveinmemphis.org/west-cancer-center-dr-bill-west/.

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WCC’s Dr. Schwartzberg, MD, on HR+ Breast Cancer: Treatment Trial Results

Friday, December 8, 2017
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West’s very own Dr. Lee Schwartzberg participated in the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium video program yesterday! During his time at #SABCS17, he was interviewed about Phase II study findings evaluating exemastane with or without enzalutamide in patients with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. Click below to see the full video! http://www.ascopost.com/videos/2017-san-antonio-breast-cancer-symposium/lee-s-schwartzberg-md-on-hrplus-breast-cancer-treatment-trial-results/

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Meeting the Needs for Better Quality Cancer Care – New Hybrid Cancer Center Model Leads the Way

Friday, December 8, 2017
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A new cancer center model is helping meet the demand for better quality cancer care in community settings. An original paper in ADC Review | Journal of Antibody-drug Conjugates, a peer-reviewed journal published by InPress Media Group, LLC, describes the concept. Hybrid academic-community cancer centers began emerging and evolving at several sites in some southern […]

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WCC Thoracic Oncologist, Dr. Benny Weksler, Interviews with KWAM on Lung Cancer Screenings & Awareness

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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Our very own Thoracic Oncologist, Dr. Benny Weksler, appeared on KWAM The Voice‘s radio show this month in honor of Lung Cancer Awareness. Dr. Weksler spoke with radio host, Bernadette Davis, about the importance of lung cancer screenings and shared information about West Cancer Center’s resources, such as our smoking cessation clinic and patient support […]

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Treatment becomes group effort

Friday, October 20, 2017
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Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes’ husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now she takes it, but the choice was no guesswork. Sophisticated gene tests suggested it would fight her gastric cancer, and they were right.   Cancer patients increasingly are having their care […]

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Memphis reducing racial disparity in breast cancer deaths

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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In a study that received national publicity three years ago, Memphis was identified as having by far the greatest disparity in breast cancer-mortality rates between black and white women of any of the 50 largest U.S. cities from 2005 through 2009. Locally, black women during that five-year period died from the disease at a rate of 44.3 per 100,000 […]

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West Cancer Center pioneers technique for Gynecologic Cancers

Thursday, September 28, 2017
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Breakthrough approach now available in the Mid-South Memphis, TN: September 26, 2017 – West Cancer Center announced today that Adam ElNaggar, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist at West Cancer Center, has successfully pioneered the use of sentinel lymph node mapping (SLNM) in gynecologic cancers – never before done in the Mid-South. West Cancer Center is thrilled to […]

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Trial could lead to medical breakthrough for ocular melanoma

Friday, September 15, 2017
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Years after a Mid-South woman thought she’d beat cancer, doctors delivered devastating news. The cancer that originally appeared in one of her eyes had moved to another part of her body. Without an aggressive plan of attack, the cancer could kill her. Now, a medical breakthrough is improving those odds. Every six weeks or so, […]

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West Cancer Center and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Welcome D. Neil Hayes, MD, MPH, to Lead The Cancer Research Initiative

Thursday, September 7, 2017
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Dr. Hayes to serve as Scientific Director, Medical Oncologist and the Van Vleet Endowed Professor Memphis, TN: September 6, 2017 – West Cancer Center and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), in partnership with St Jude Children’s Research Hospital are proud and excited to announce the appointment of D. Neil Hayes, MD, MPH, […]

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The Cancer Support Community Delivers Groundbreaking Immunotherapy Support and Education Program to Patients and Providers

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
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“The Cancer Support Community sees that immunotherapy is greatly impacting how we treat cancer, with marked advances in the treatment of lung, melanoma, genitourinary, hematologic, head and neck cancers, and more,” said Kim Thiboldeaux, CEO, Cancer Support Community. “This is why we are so excited to work with our pilot partners to improve the experience […]

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Memphis Medical Quarterly Goes Inside West Cancer Center’s Gynecologic Oncology Division

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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For more than twenty years, West Cancer Center’s Gynecologic Oncology Division has provided rapid access to the most comprehensive treatment for women across the Mid-South. Beginning with the hiring of Linda Smiley, MD, FACOG in 1995, West Cancer Center integrated a more refined and targeted approach to patient care, delivering customized – and multidisciplinary – […]

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Prognostic Indicators Incorporated Into Breast Cancer Guidelines

Friday, May 19, 2017
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The latest version of the NCCN breast cancer guidelines incorporates the use of genomic expression profiling to assist in adjuvant treatment decision making in women with hormone receptor (HR)– positive, HER2-negative breast cancer. Genomic profiling has been found to successfully predict the benefit of endocrine therapy, as was demonstrated in the TAILORx study, said Lee […]

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Memphis football family helps celebrate cancer fight milestone

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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At first, Sauphia Lanning thought she might just ring the bell by herself. “I’m not a big ‘let’s come celebrate me’ type of person,” she said. But then she thought of everyone who had checked in on her and prayed for her as she battled cancer over the past nine months. She thought of her […]

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Secondary Malignancies: Who Is at Risk and Why?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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The words “You have cancer” have a devastating effect on patients and their families. The diagnosis throws them into a previously unknown world of tests, treatments, and more tests. Once patients have gone into remission and are hopefully cured, they try to go back to their lives and put their cancer experience behind them. Given […]

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West Cancer Center Welcomes Drs. Ratliff and Verrier

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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Effective April 3, Drs. Ratliff and Verrier will join the West Cancer Center faculty as the newest board certified Medical Oncologists & Hematologists. With more than 30 years of collective experience delivering compassionate, patient centered care, this exceptional group of care providers will advance the West Cancer Center mission to provide patients access to the most innovative and comprehensive services available for their cancer journey.

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West Cancer Center Awards Intramural Grants for Research

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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Projects focus on collaboration, translational methodology to drive impactful patient outcomes MEMPHIS, TENN., February 15, 2017 – West Cancer Center announced today that it has awarded four intramural grants for cancer research. The awarded grants, each valued at $50,000, were among the almost 20 proposals received by West Cancer Center for its annual grant awarding […]

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Riverkings Visit the West Cancer Center

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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The Mississippi RiverKings’ staff and players made a Valentine’s Day visit to the patients and members of the West Cancer Center. Established in 2014, the non-profit ogranization solicits grants and donations to broaden innovative research and cancer treatment programs for adults. The University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research focuses on four areas of research such as: Drug […]

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