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Participants during a National Patient Advocate Foundation working group session on June 15

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Massey patients, caregivers guide cancer advocacy discussion

Jun 21, 2024

Christine Wilson described what life with cancer was like in the not-so-distant past — the years prior to the 1970s — when a diagnosis often silenced patients. “The notion of advocacy did not exist at that point. The notion was that cancer was an ...



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Massey patients, caregivers guide cancer advocacy discussion

Jun 21, 2024

Christine Wilson described what life with cancer was like in the not-so-distant past — the years prior to the 1970s — when a diagnosis often silenced patients. “The notion of advocacy did not exist at that point. The notion was that cancer was an incurable disease,” said Wilson, the vice presiden...

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Massey’s cutting-edge clinical care and research reaches an international audience at oncology conference

Jun 14, 2024

VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center placed its reputation as an international leader for cutting-edge cancer care and clinical research on display at the 2024 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago on May 31 - June 4. The clinical oncology conference brought togeth...

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Massey biostatistician earns prestigious fellowship from Society for Clinical Trials

Jun 12, 2024

Nolan Wages, Ph.D., the director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource and a member of the Developmental Therapeutics research program at VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named a fellow of the Society for Clinical Trials (SCT). This prestigious designation, introduced in 2005, recogni...

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Luncheon celebrates growth of Facts & Faith Fridays: “Science and religion lean on one another to get the job done.”

Jun 10, 2024

More than two dozen faith leaders and representatives from VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center bowed their heads as Rev. Rachel Pierce, M.A., offered a blessing over food and extended it to the group for continued fellowship. Pierce, the faith liaison and engagement coordinator at Massey, said th...

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Massey director honored with national visionary leader award

Jun 04, 2024

On June 1, 2024, VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center director Robert A. Winn, M.D., received the American Society of Cancer Oncology (ASCO) Allen Lichter Visionary Leader Award First awarded in 2017, the ASCO Lichter Award recognizes members who have transformed the oncology field or significant...

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The Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Award Program announces third cohort of medical students for its Clinical Investigator Pathway Program

Jun 03, 2024

Nearly 75 medical students to participate in groundbreaking national Diversity in Clinical Trials Research Program The Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Award Program (Winn Awards) today announced that 72 medical students who are underrepresented in medicine and/or from disadvantaged backg...

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Drug resistance discovery could “move the field forward” for breast cancer treatment

May 29, 2024

New research out of VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center — recently published in Drug Resistance Updates — revealed a previously unknown biological process through which breast tumor cells develop resistance to standard treatment, which could open the door for cancer scientists around the world to...

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2024 Massey seed grant recipients grow community-led health initiatives

May 28, 2024

This year, three community-led initiatives are utilizing funding from VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center to expand their efforts to improve health outcomes for Virginians. In March, Massey announced the following organizations have been awarded $5,000 seed grants: Community Transformers Fo...

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March/April 2024: Published research at Massey

May 24, 2024

As one of just two NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Virginia, VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center is at the forefront of the nation’s cancer research efforts. As Massey celebrates 50 years of fueling innovation in cancer research, scientists at Massey continue to conduct cutting-edg...

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Massey Cancer Champion shares impacts of community-to-bench research: “We have a voice!”

May 24, 2024

The Cancer Champions program at VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center gives survivors and caregivers an opportunity to work alongside researchers. Founded in 2021 and rooted in earlier community-engaged research efforts, Cancer Champions are at the center of Massey’s community engagement in researc...

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Board spotlight — Amy Williams: Longtime Massey supporter breathes new life into the Massey Challenge

May 21, 2024

Amy McDaniel Williams, vice chair of the VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center Advisory Board and a dedicated donor, epitomizes resilience and determination. In 2007, she watched her father battle lymphoma, and she emerged from a sedentary lifestyle to an athlete’s lifestyle. Her first race was the...

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Massey director leads Congressional briefing on cancer disparities

May 21, 2024

Cancer survivors, advocates, congressional representatives, and other supporters packed a briefing room at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on May 15 to learn about cancer equity advances made in recent years. Robert A. Winn, M.D., director and Lipman Chair in Oncology at VCU Massey...

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Massey leaders, community partners celebrate new colorectal cancer law in Virginia: “We are better together.”

May 21, 2024

On May 14, VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center leaders and community partners joined Del. Delores McQuinn (D-81) at the Virginia Capitol as Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-Va.) signed into law HB 238 Health insurance; coverage for colorectal cancer screening.  “I know that cancer touches lives, colorecta...

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Massey Carnival celebrates community, NCI Comprehensive designation

May 15, 2024

Juanita Lawrence scanned the crowd while her grandchild climbed through one of the inflatable play areas at the Comprehensive Carnival, a free community event held by VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center. Lawrence was one of more than 1,000 community members who turned out to celebrate Massey's ac...

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Kaustubh Datta studies prostate cancer disparities to make a difference in people’s lives

May 13, 2024

Kaustubh Datta, Ph.D., sat behind his new desk in the Goodwin Research Laboratory and reflected on what motivates him every day to study the biology of prostate cancer. “It’s who I am,” he smiled from behind a pair of black rimmed glasses. “I always think if I can extend a patient’s life at least fo...

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Celebrating 50 years of Massey: From nurse practitioner to patient

May 06, 2024

In 2024, VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center is enlisting the help of individuals who contributed to the foundation laid over the past 50 years. Through these interviews, Massey is able to preserve moments in time and recognize how far oncology has come since the beginning of the cancer center in...

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Health district directors and cancer control experts turn conversation into action at Massey summit

May 06, 2024

“I feel like a speck of dust in comparison to the size of the problems we face,” said Lisa Richardson, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, during the 2024 Health District Directors’ Summit on May 1. “I don’t know the a...

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Massey physicians named Richmond’s “Top Docs” in 2024

Apr 26, 2024

Richmond Magazine’s annual list of “Top Docs” once again recognizes a number of VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center physicians. Featured in the magazine’s April 2024 issue, the list includes nearly 40 doctors from varied specialties who provide oncology-related care to Massey’s patients, includin...

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Massey leaders speak at White House Minority Health Forum

Apr 23, 2024

On Thursday, April 18, leaders from VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center convened with other physicians, researchers and advocates for the White House Minority Health Forum. Robert A. Winn, M.D., director and Lipman Chair in Oncology at Massey, took part in a panel discussion titled “Access to Ca...

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Trio of cancer centers stand up to cancer through grant-funded initiative to increase lung cancer screening access, eliminate health disparities

Apr 17, 2024

Through a collaborative, grant-funded partnership between three cancer centers along the East Coast, a community-driven initiative is underway to increase access to lung cancer screenings, chip away at existing health disparities and set a nationwide precedent for moving toward lung health equity fo...

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