A comprehensive cancer center for the 21st century

Introducing a new generation of cancer centers — one that integrates community input into everything we do in order to close health care gaps across race, ethnicity and geography.

VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center’s comprehensive designation – the highest recognition from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) – reflects our scientific leadership, depth and breadth of research, effective community outreach and cancer research training and education.

"We are leading the charge, not just in research but in building trust and breaking down barriers between medical institutions and communities.”

– Robert A. Winn, M.D., VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center director

Massey is one of two NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Virginia – leading and shaping America’s cancer research efforts – with the community at its core. Massey was first awarded NCI designation in 1975, just one year after receiving a planning grant from the NCI to establish a cancer center at VCU. This designation makes us eligible for federal funding, information-sharing and resources reserved for the most elite institutions that demonstrate superior research capabilities. We have retained that prestigious designation ever since and are proud to have been awarded comprehensive status in 2023.

The VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center difference

A community-centric approach

By acknowledging the community as an equal expert and strategic research partner, we can better refine scientific questions and research priorities. Explore the ways we’re working with different groups across the catchment area.

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Closing the Gap Summits

Massey’s Closing the Gap Summits promote community-engaged and cancer disparities-relevant research. Community attendees are invited to participate in research discussions on one of the center’s four priority cancers – breast, prostate, lung and gastrointestinal cancers.

Explore past Summit highlights

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Facts & Faith Fridays

Along with trusted faith, public health and legislative partners, Facts & Faith Fridays brings reliable, timely information to communities. Up next, Massey is encouraging young adults to join the conversation and help promote health and wellbeing for all generations.

Join the conversation

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Cancer Champions

To better reach individuals where they live, work, play and worship, Cancer Champions include community members and Massey researchers who work together to identify cancer issues and serve as a touchpoint in the community.

Become a Cancer Champion

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Chickahominy TRUTH Project

Massey works to serve and reflect the needs of our communities – which is why the center partnered with the Chickahominy tribe to investigate a cancer cluster in their tribal community.

Hear more about the TRUTH Project

Driving the nation’s research agenda

Leading the charge – locally, regionally and nationally

As a comprehensive cancer center, Massey is helping inform the new standard of care, not just for other cancer centers but for community providers and health care systems alike. See how Massey is leading the charge through expanded research, training and education and community outreach.

Nearly 150 Massey scientists are leading innovative scientific directions across basic, translational, clinical and population health sciences.

Discover Massey's scientific research programs

A growing portfolio of inter-institutional partnerships are co-led by investigators representing diverse disciplines and perspectives.

Uncover collaborative partnerships at Massey

Massey’s cancer research training pathway is designed for learners at all levels, and from all backgrounds, as we promote a more diverse oncology workforce.

Explore cancer research training opportunities

A community focus at every level is helping Massey to better inform and disseminate science, education and outreach to those we serve.

Learn more about our work in the community

Experience the impact


It takes all of us to win the fight against cancer. Share a photo of your cancer story, inspiration or 'why', and join Massey in reimagining a future without cancer.