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Massey patient shares gratitude for his care team: “I can’t thank them enough”

Nov 22, 2022

Jeff Eastman has much to be thankful for. This Thanksgiving, Eastman, the university planner at VCU, is sending a message of gratitude to his care team at Massey Cancer Center. In June, Eastman completed a year of adjuvant therapy after receiving s...



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Massey patient shares gratitude for his care team: “I can’t thank them enough”

Nov 22, 2022

Jeff Eastman has much to be thankful for. This Thanksgiving, Eastman, the university planner at VCU, is sending a message of gratitude to his care team at Massey Cancer Center. In June, Eastman completed a year of adjuvant therapy after receiving surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatment for a...

Research

New Massey research partnership to create firefighter cancer registry

Nov 21, 2022

Steve Weissman knew the pain of losing his firefighter colleagues to cancer. It is why Weissman, the Virginia state director of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), was determined to make sweeping changes for the profession even before he got his own diagnosis in 2016. “We are seeing these...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

“I am finally free of them”: Massey’s We CAN Quit program ends South Hill, Va. man’s 35-year history with cigarettes

Nov 10, 2022

Kyle Jennings remembers the peer pressure he used to feel in high school. Because of it, he first picked up cigarettes at the age of 16. Smoking occasionally during his teen years eventually progressed to his dependance on tobacco as an adult. “I primarily smoked cigarettes,” Jennings said. “Althou...

Massey researchers and community members work to “close the gap” with Lung Cancer Summit

Nov 09, 2022

Researchers and community members came together to share and learn from each other at last week’s inaugural Lung Cancer – Closing the Gap Summit held at 5th Street Baptist Church. The event, which focused on the importance of community engagement in addressing health disparities in lung cancer scree...

Research

Scientists find strong evidence for testing VCU-manufactured drug in liver cancer

Nov 07, 2022

Researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center have published new study findings that establish rationale for the use of a class of drugs known as MDA-9 inhibitors as a potential treatment option for aggressive liver cancer. The findings — recently published in Hepatology — pave the way for future studies ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey patient with rare cancer bound for New York City Marathon

Nov 01, 2022

When Margaret McGugan joins the pack of 50,000 runners for the New York City (NYC) Marathon on Nov. 6, she will have a support system every step of the way. “I am not running the marathon alone,” McGugan said from her home in North Chesterfield, Va. “My sister Terrie and my niece Meaghan have been t...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research

Massey Lung Summit to include community in cancer conversation

Oct 27, 2022

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, VCU Massey Cancer Center will host the inaugural Lung Cancer - Closing the Gap Summit. It will be held at The Grace Center inside 5th Street Baptist Church. Members of the community are encouraged to attend. “Lung is the biggest cancer killer in the country,” said Santiago Lim...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Brunswick County, Va two-time breast cancer survivor stresses screening, early detection

Oct 26, 2022

Like many women, Elisha Hicks figuratively wears many hats. The 47-year-old is a wife, mother, grandmother and graduate of Brunswick High School. She is also a two-time breast cancer survivor. “In January 2014, I noticed that my nipple was leaking,” Hicks remembered. “At first, the doctor thought...

Massey observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Facts & Faith Fridays special session

Oct 26, 2022

On Sept. 30, 2022, about 60 faith leaders and community members joined Facts & Faith Friday for a virtual discussion on breast cancer, the most common and second deadliest cancer among women. ‘Breast Cancer: It’s Not a Black or White Issue,’ was a presentation by Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D., associa...

Research

Massey scientists pinpoint druggable target in aggressive breast cancer

Oct 25, 2022

Researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center have set their sights on a new therapeutic target for an aggressive form of breast cancer with limited treatment options. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in U.S. women, and triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a more aggressive and deadly for...

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Massey researchers receive grants totaling more than $5 million for breast cancer-related studies

Oct 19, 2022

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer for women in the United States, and its incidence has incrementally increased over the past three decades. Minority populations are more significantly affected: breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women, and Black women hav...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

'A shared desire to do right:' A conversation with RAMmalogues facilitator Archana A. Pathak, Ph.D.

Oct 18, 2022

The VCU Massey Cancer Center Goodwin Research Laboratory is hosting RAMmalogues, a facilitated discussion series that provides a braver and safer space to talk about social identity. During four sessions between August and November, participants have the opportunity to read and discuss the VCU Commo...

Center News & Funding

VCU to lead $114 million Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Award Program established by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation

Oct 12, 2022

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) announced Wednesday that it is partnering with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF) and working alongside the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and Gilead Sciences, Inc. to lead the implementation of the Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical ...

Research

Massey scientists identify promising therapeutic target for incurable brain cancer

Oct 06, 2022

Researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center discovered a cellular partnership that drives the growth of deadly brain tumors and could potentially serve as a novel target for disease treatment. Gliomas are any cancer that start in the glial cells of the nervous system and account for nearly one-third of ...

Research, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey invites Cancer Champions to get a closer look at community-led research

Oct 03, 2022

The community-to-bench model of research reached a new level at VCU Massey Cancer Center on September 28 and October 1, 2022, as members of the Cancer Champions program visited a laboratory to see the work in action as part of the new Lab Open House series. “This was great,” said Bennie Gates follow...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey breast cancer patient moves forward from diagnosis: “Let’s walk.”

Sep 27, 2022

The world had already been shut down for two months in May 2020 when Robin Williams heard the words that impacted her life even more during the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Invasive lobular carcinoma,” Williams remembered her cancer diagnosis. “It was less than a stage one, about the size of an M&M....

Research, Center News & Funding, Prevention & Control, Clinical

Massey awards new round of pilot grants for early-career cancer investigators

Sep 23, 2022

VCU Massey Cancer Center recently awarded a total of $200,000 to five early-career cancer researchers through its Institutional Research Grant (IRG) from the American Cancer Society (ACS) – a program that has been providing seed money to junior investigators at the university for nearly 50 years. T...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research

Virginia’s native tribes drive Massey efforts to eliminate disparities

Sep 19, 2022

Panelists at the Sovereign Nations of Virginia Conference shared negative impacts their native tribes are experiencing related to land, the climate and other issues. Listening in the audience were members of the VCU Massey Cancer Center team, poised to use this input for outreach addressing health a...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

‘A model throughout the country:’ Massey’s Facts and Faith Fridays recognized with community award

Sep 13, 2022

The awards and recognitions ceremony agenda of the Richmond City Council meeting on September 12, 2022, began with an invitation by Rev. Michael Jones, D.Min., 9th district councilman. “I want to ask my colleagues to join us,” Jones extended from his position at the front of the council chambers. “T...

Center News & Funding, Research, Clinical, Prevention & Control

NCI-funded project aims to reduce racial disparities in cancer genetic counseling

Sep 13, 2022

A project led by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers and funded last month by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, aims to reduce racial cancer disparities in the United States by studying what happens during the genetic counseling process that results i...

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