Harnessing the Power of the Immune System to Fight Cancer

  By Will Donnellan, M.D.   In 1911, William B. Coley, a bone sarcoma surgeon (i.e. modern day orthopedist) in New York City began to inject bone tumors with bacterial toxins. He affectionately referred to his therapy as “Coley’s toxins”. Amazingly, some of the tumors began to shrink. At the time Dr. Coley did not […]

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June is National Cancer Survivor Month

June is National Cancer Survivor Month and this Sunday is National Cancer Survivors Day. Let’s celebrate and support those that have survived this life changing event and let them know what an inspiration they are to you. Sometimes a phone call or quick note can make their day just a little bit better for our […]

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Her patients become like family

Dr. Dianna Shipley, Tennessee Oncology at Sumner Regional Medical Center By Dessislava Yankova When it comes to treating cancer, Dr. Dianna Shipley’s encouraging words to patients are the best medicine. Her patients and coworkers agree: Shipley, 49, has a humanitarian heart that runs full time and does not turn off when she leaves the hospital. […]

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The Push to Palliate Cancer Symptoms

By: LARRY MCCLAIN for Nashville Medical News Jim Meadows, MD, Leads the Charge for Tennessee Oncology While studying medicine in southern California, Jim Meadows, MD, balanced the demands of education with activities such as rock climbing and motorcycle trips through the high desert – things that might surprise many of his patients. And while some […]

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