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Community Engagement & Health Equity

First Lady Jill Biden visits Massey to discuss cancer disparities and community engaged research

Feb 24, 2021

Jill Biden, Ed.D., the First Lady of the United States, met with scientists, doctors and community leaders at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center on Wednesday to learn how they are working together to address cancer disparities. “C...



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E-cigarettes with a cigarette-like level of nicotine are effective in reducing smoking and exposure to carcinogen, study finds

Apr 13, 2021

E-cigarettes that deliver a cigarette-like amount of nicotine are associated with reduced smoking and reduced exposure to the major tobacco-related pulmonary carcinogen, NNAL, even with concurrent smoking, according to a new study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Penn State...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Prevention & Control

One team, one fight: community members help drive Massey’s research on disparities in cancer screening and care

Apr 13, 2021

Ruth Staton spoke with conviction as she described her first years practicing nursing in Richmond. It was the early 1970’s, and the racial divide was evident in her interactions with both patients and physicians at the hospital. “They weren’t used to having a Black woman on that floor,” Staton remem...

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Massey physicians named Richmond’s “Top Docs”

Apr 07, 2021

Richmond Magazine’s annual list of “Top Docs” once again recognizes a number of VCU Massey Cancer Center physicians. Featured in the magazine’s April 2021 issue, the list includes 46 doctors from varied specialties who provide oncology-related care to Massey’s patients, including 16 who care for ped...

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Virginia cancer care providers and clinical researchers convene for tenth annual Massey conference

Apr 01, 2021

Oncologists and clinical cancer researchers from across the state gathered virtually for VCU Massey Cancer Center’s tenth annual Cancer Symposium and Clinical Research Affiliate Network Retreat on March 20. The symposium provided continued professional education for clinicians while the retreat he...

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Bespoke neuroblastoma therapy weaponizes cell metabolism

Mar 30, 2021

Preclinical research from VCU Massey Cancer Center published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the combination of two existing drugs can exploit the metabolic “hunger” of a particularly aggressive type of neuroblastoma to kill cancer cells without inflicting ...

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Support your doctor on National Doctors' Day

Mar 29, 2021

Your doctor is more than a caregiver. At VCU Massey Cancer Center, our doctors are champions, confidants and, through challenging times, heroes. National Doctors’ Day honors physicians across the U.S. for their dedication to their patients and commitment to improving health. Cancer does not stop fo...

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Massey specialists awarded $5 million to enhance lung cancer screening and treatment for veterans

Mar 26, 2021

A group of cancer specialists at VCU Massey Cancer Center were recently awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to implement a lung cancer screening and precision oncology program within the Central Virginia Veterans Affairs Health Care System (CVHCS). Co-principal investigat...

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Massey researcher finds new strategy for fighting brain cancer

Mar 23, 2021

Most people relate cholesterol to heart health, but it is also a critical component in the growth and spread of brain cancer. VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Suyun Huang, Ph.D., recently discovered how cholesterol becomes dysregulated in brain cancer cells and showed that the gene responsible fo...

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First-in-class immunotherapeutic agent could fuel the development of novel therapies for multiple types of cancer

Mar 22, 2021

The tumor microenvironment remains a major hurdle for the ultimate success of immuno-oncology due to its poorly immunogenic and highly immunosuppressive nature. New research conducted by Xiang-Yang (Shawn) Wang, Ph.D., co-leader of the Developmental Therapeutics research program at VCU Massey Cancer...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research

‘An opportunity to do something bigger than me’

Mar 19, 2021

Two women, one Black and one white: Though the white woman has a higher lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer, the Black woman has a 41% greater risk of dying from the disease. Two neighborhoods in Richmond, Virginia: In one, 5% of individuals live below the poverty line; in the other,...

Research, Prevention & Control

Massey Cancer Center experts weigh in on new lung cancer screening guidelines

Mar 15, 2021

This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued new recommendations that double the number of Americans eligible for annual low-dose CT lung scans. The revised guidelines lower the eligibility age to 50 from the original 55-years of age and reduces the number of pack-years of cigarette smo...

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2020 Street of Hope and George Emerson bring the community together, raise $400,000 for innovative cancer research at Massey

Feb 25, 2021

For Richmond developer and cancer survivor George Emerson (B.S.’78/B) and four of Richmond’s top builders at Eagle Construction, Eastwood Homes, HHHunt Homes and Main Street Homes, showing and selling new riverfront homes in the Chesterfield neighborhood of Meadowville Landing this year is about mor...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey breast cancer patient embraces the power of positivity

Feb 25, 2021

“Positivity is a powerful tool,” says Farrah Massenburg, a fun-loving wife and mother, current Massey breast cancer patient and this year’s special guest at the 2021 Women & Wellness webinar to benefit women’s cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Massenburg’s favorite quote is “Use your powe...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

First Lady Jill Biden visits Massey to discuss cancer disparities and community engaged research

Feb 24, 2021

Jill Biden, Ed.D., the First Lady of the United States, met with scientists, doctors and community leaders at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center on Wednesday to learn how they are working together to address cancer disparities. “Cancer is so personal to me. In our lifetime, the p...

Research

Meet the researchers who met with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden

Feb 24, 2021

When First Lady of the United States Jill Biden, Ed.D., visited Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center on Wednesday, she met with several scientists about advancements in preventing, detecting and treating cancer and the importance of addressing cancer disparities. Cancer disparities ...

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Abundance of iron drives cell death and could be key to development of novel treatments for neuroblastoma

Feb 19, 2021

Neuroblastoma is a cancer that develops in nerve tissue, most commonly in the glands around the kidneys. The gene MYCN is overexpressed in 20-25% of neuroblastoma, and MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma contributes to a considerable percentage of pediatric cancer-related deaths. Anthony Faber, Ph.D., and...

Closing the gap in prostate and colorectal cancer disparities: a community conversation

Feb 16, 2021

Terrance Afer-Anderson wants to create an army of ambassadors. The Norfolk native and prostate cancer survivor wrote, produced and directed a movie, “The Black Walnut,” to bring attention to inequities in screening and mortality rates for prostate cancer in the Black community. “I tell men scared of...

COVID-19

Parents of pediatric cancer patients more likely to endorse COVID-19 misinformation

Feb 10, 2021

A new study led by VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Jeanine Guidry, Ph.D., a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program, found that parents of children with cancer were more likely to believe misinformation and unverifiable content associated with COVID-19 than parents of child...

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Susan Hong appointed as director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at Massey

Feb 03, 2021

Susan Hong, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, joined VCU Massey Cancer Center and VCU Health in January as the director of the Cancer Survivorship Program. She also holds the RGC Professorship in Cancer Research and is an associate professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care at the VCU ...

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VCU technology could upend DNA sequencing for diagnosing certain DNA mutations

Jan 27, 2021

Doctors are increasingly using genetic signatures to diagnose diseases and determine the best course of care, but using DNA sequencing and other techniques to detect genomic rearrangements remains costly or limited in capabilities. However, an innovative breakthrough developed by researchers at Virg...

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