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Novel targeted therapy could be effective treatment option for deadly childhood cancer

Jul 28, 2022

New research from VCU Massey Cancer Center — published this week in Cell Reports — demonstrated that a novel targeted therapy could be an effective treatment option for a deadly pediatric cancer known as neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a type of can...



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Meet Rudene Mercer Haynes

Aug 08, 2022

For VCU Massey Cancer Center Advisory Board member, Rudene Mercer Haynes, challenge is a part of life. It’s how you step up and face a challenge that makes all the difference. This month, Massey sat down with the attorney, mom and community advocate to talk with her about her life and family, her ...

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Novel targeted therapy could be effective treatment option for deadly childhood cancer

Jul 28, 2022

New research from VCU Massey Cancer Center — published this week in Cell Reports — demonstrated that a novel targeted therapy could be an effective treatment option for a deadly pediatric cancer known as neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that develops in nerve tissue, most commonly i...

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Multi-site study aims to prevent heart disease in young breast cancer patients

Jul 13, 2022

A 5-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) — part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — will enable researchers from VCU Massey Cancer Center, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center and Duke Cancer Institute to ...

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Oral bacteria could offer innovative clues for pancreatic cancer growth and treatment

Jul 07, 2022

Pancreatic cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Because of limited screening and treatment options, the vast majority of patients diagnosed with the disease are rendered incurable due to it being discovered at an advanced stage. A new scientific review — recently published ...

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Charmica Epps Harris: “On the Rise” Surviving and thriving at Massey

Jun 30, 2022

At the age of 34, a diagnosis of stage III colorectal cancer was certainly not what Charmica Epps Harris expected. There is no history of cancer in her family and she eats well and stays active. She didn’t know anyone with cancer, especially not anyone her own age. To “rule out” the possibility of...

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Massey Cancer Center receives record investment from commonwealth

Jun 24, 2022

As VCU Massey Cancer Center prepares for its National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) renewal, the cancer center has received unprecedented support in Virginia’s 2022-24 budget. Gov. Glenn Youngkin and the General Assembly approved $25 million in funding for Massey; it is t...

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Massey director co-chairs steering committee for AACR’s annual cancer disparities report

Jun 15, 2022

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) released its Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2022 on June 8. The publication raises awareness of the enormous toll that cancer exacts on racial and ethnic minorities and other medically underserved populations, while highlighting areas of recent...

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Lawrence Research Retreat reflects the legacy of Massey’s first director, Dr. Walter Lawrence, Jr.

Jun 14, 2022

The Lawrence Research Retreat on June 10 was a day filled with firsts.   As the first, major in-person event for Massey leadership and researchers since the pandemic put events on hold for two years, the Lawrence Research Retreat radiated an air of comfort and collegiality. The Massey Nation showe...

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New program allows low-income and uninsured women to get free cancer screenings

Jun 08, 2022

VCU Health is now offering free breast and cervical cancer screening services to low-income and uninsured women in Virginia through a federally funded program. This includes clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic exams, Pap tests, as well as any other diagnostic tests as needed for breast or cerv...

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Massey director speaks on panel addressing cancer disparities among veterans

Jun 07, 2022

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs estimates it diagnoses and treats about 43,000 new cases of cancer each year. This patient population has faced disparities over decades because of its diversity in race, ethnicity, genders and regions of the country represented. On June 4, 2022, Robe...

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Protein-based combination therapy overcomes tumor resistance to colorectal cancer treatment

Jun 03, 2022

New research published in the Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research has identified a novel therapeutic strategy through which tumor resistance can be overcome to more effectively treat colorectal cancer. The third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the United St...

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Wages, Sabo named to permanent roles with Biostatistics shared resource

Jun 03, 2022

Nolan Wages, Ph.D., and Roy Sabo, Ph.D., have both been named to permanent roles within the Biostatistics shared resource (BSR). Wages joins Massey as BSR’s new assistant director while Sabo has been named faculty director after serving as interim director for the past six months. Wages (left) come...

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Findlay, Turner latest researchers to join Cancer Prevention and Control program

May 19, 2022

This month, Massey welcomes Victoria Findlay, Ph.D., and David Turner, Ph.D., as members of the Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) research program and associate professors in the Department of Surgery. Additionally, Findlay will serve as co-lead of the CPC program. Findlay and Turner come to Richm...

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Zhang joins Massey as member of developmental therapeutics research program

May 17, 2022

Yuesheng Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., has joined Massey Cancer Center as a research member of the developmental therapeutics program and a professor within the department of pharmacology & toxicology with the VCU School of Medicine. Zhang comes to Massey after an 18-year stint with Roswell Park Comprehensiv...

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For Massey researcher, platelets donation is personal

May 10, 2022

Several times each year, J. Brian Cassel, Ph.D., rolls up his sleeves in the name of cancer patients. Cassel, the palliative care research director at VCU Massey Cancer Center, is a regular platelets donor. “I want to do something tangible for people living with cancer,” explained Cassel. “Both of ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Prevention & Control, Research

‘We can prevent 20-30,000 cancers a year’: Massey experts hold community conversation on HPV vaccination

May 06, 2022

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director for population science and the Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., chair in Cancer Research at VCU Massey Cancer Center, says there is one question he and other cancer researchers, clinicians and advocates often hear: “What can I do to prevent cancer?” T...

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Community members drive inaugural Massey Breast Cancer Summit

Apr 22, 2022

On Tuesday, April 19, leaders from VCU Massey Cancer Center converged for the inaugural Breast Cancer Summit. They aimed to engage the community on priorities for research in an effort to close gaps in breast cancer inequities. “The importance of a summit like this is that our cancer center and com...

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Massey researcher to serve as president of behavioral medicine organization

Apr 21, 2022

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director for population science and the Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., chair in Cancer Research at VCU Massey Cancer Center, has been named president-elect for the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). SBM is a nonprofit founded in 1978 to study the relationsh...

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Virginia faith leaders release open letter denouncing war in Ukraine

Apr 20, 2022

More than 20 faith leaders and members of the Facts & Faith Fridays community group in central Virginia have released an open letter denouncing the war in Ukraine. "Today, as a united front, our Facts & Faith Fridays community is watching in horror at the events unfolding in Ukraine," says an excerp...

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A Loving Gift and a Legacy of Hope

Apr 18, 2022

It was a test of his faith, Larry Loving, Sr., said.  Loving and his wife, Christiane, lost two of their four children – both to brain cancer – within three years of each other. First, Noëlle, the Loving’s compassionate second-born, died of an inoperable brain tumor in 2017, one year after diagnos...

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