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Walter Lawrence, Jr., M.D.

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Massey legend and founding director leaves behind inspirational legacy

Nov 11, 2021

Walter Lawrence, Jr., M.D., who died this week at age 96, was respected and beloved worldwide for his expertise as a surgical oncologist. He ran a surgical hospital during the Korean War, oversaw the first Division of Surgical Oncology at VCU and ser...



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Community Engagement & Health Equity, Clinical

Massey researcher aims to increase colorectal cancer screening in vulnerable communities

Dec 02, 2021

Growing up in rural southeast Arkansas, Michael Preston, Ph.D., M.P.H., saw the value of early screening for colorectal cancer firsthand. His grandfather was screened early, and doctors were able to stop the cancer before it progressed. Preston credits the screening for getting to enjoy many more ye...

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Massey launches Epic, a new electronic health record that simplifies care navigation for patients

Dec 01, 2021

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, VCU Massey Cancer Center will go live with Epic, a modern electronic health record (EHR) widely used by academic health systems, hospitals and large medical practices nationwide.  All Massey locations and clinics are adopting the new system on the same day, with the...

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More than Luck: A couple creates a charitable remainder trust to benefit their family and Massey

Nov 29, 2021

Donor Spotlight: Giving thanks on Giving Tuesday One team. One fight. One day of giving. On GivingTuesday, Massey sat down with Richard “Dick” Luck, Ed.D. (M.S.’68/HP) and his wife, Dudley, to talk about their motivations for giving to Massey and the benefits of establishing a charitable remainder...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

New Massey chaplain embraces holistic care for patients and staff

Nov 23, 2021

Reverend Charles Riffee, M.Div., joined VCU Massey Cancer Center in October 2021. As chaplain, he will provide pastoral care and spiritual guidance to patients, family and staff. In this Q&A, learn more about Riffee and how he plans to apply his style of chaplaincy to the unique challenges brought a...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

The Epicest: Dean Jarrett Annual Golf Tournament raises $12,800 for Massey

Nov 19, 2021

Dean Jarrett was an epic person.  A native Virginian and proud Richmonder, Dean was a golf enthusiast, a lover of travel and adventure and a skilled communicator. He was a big-hearted giver who was always ready to share a smile. More than anything, Dean Jarrett was a loving husband, father and frie...

Research, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey ‘Wunderkind’ reflects on winding road to cancer disparities research

Nov 17, 2021

This week, STAT News named Arnethea Sutton, Ph.D., as one of this year’s 27 STAT Wunderkinds – the news organization’s prestigious award that aims to recognize rising stars in biomedical research. STAT Wunderkinds can be postdocs, residents, interns, fellows and industry scientists, who have complet...

Clinical, Research

Massey clinical trial tests experimental immunotherapy in breast cancer patients before chemotherapy and surgery

Nov 12, 2021

A phase 2 clinical trial at VCU Massey Cancer Center is testing the benefits of adding an experimental immunotherapy combination prior to standard chemotherapy and surgery for breast cancer patients. The trial was developed by Massey and is based on laboratory research led by surgical oncologist Har...

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Massey legend and founding director leaves behind inspirational legacy

Nov 11, 2021

Walter Lawrence, Jr., M.D., who died this week at age 96, was respected and beloved worldwide for his expertise as a surgical oncologist. He ran a surgical hospital during the Korean War, oversaw the first Division of Surgical Oncology at VCU and served as the inaugural director of VCU Massey Cancer...

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VCU Massey Cancer Center and Bank of America announce $150,000 grant to combat cancer health disparities across Virginia

Nov 10, 2021

Bank of America and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center today announced a gift of $150,000 from Bank of America to VCU Massey Cancer Center to combat cancer health inequities. The grant, which will be distributed over three years, will advance Massey’s work through the Offic...

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Pilot grants for early-career cancer researchers draw record applicants

Nov 09, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center recently renewed its Institutional Research Grant (IRG) from the American Cancer Society(ACS) – a program that has been providing seed money to early-career cancer researchers at VCU for nearly 50 years.  The grant totals $300,000 over the course of three years. A committee ...

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Winn statement on the passing of Walter Lawrence, Jr., M.D.,

Nov 09, 2021

The VCU Massey Cancer Center family was saddened today to learn of the passing of its first cancer center director, Walter Lawrence, Jr., M.D. Current director, Robert A. Winn, M.D., released the following statement: "It’s not often we get the chance to stand on the shoulders of giants. It’s safe to...

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Contemporary landscape artist Julie Fritz creates abstract landscapes to benefit Massey

Nov 03, 2021

Contemporary artist Julie Fritz is inspired by the world around her. The landscapes she paints — including scenic places like creeks, rivers, bays, lakes and oceans — are layered in oil, wax and other substances that abstract the realism of the scenes depicted to evoke a reaction and tell a story.  ...

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‘Our hope for the future’: delegation from the Embassy of India explores academic partnerships with Massey

Nov 01, 2021

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center hosted two delegates from the Embassy of India in Washington, D.C. on October 21, 2021, as part of a daylong visit to both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses. Dhananjay Tiwary, Ph.D., science and technology counselor, and Anshul Sharma, co...

Clinical, COVID-19, Prevention & Control

Breast cancer patient grateful for “one-of-a-kind” care at Massey

Oct 28, 2021

Beth Tetrault knew she had dense breast tissue that put her at a higher risk for breast cancer, which is why she never missed her annual mammogram. But when she received a follow-up call in January 2021 about abnormal results, Tetrault was not prepared for her eventual diagnosis with a form of earl...

Clinical

Survivor finds strength, spiritual guidance and her calling at Massey

Oct 28, 2021

Throughout her life, Hikisha Harris often relied on her faith to navigate the especially tough times. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 11, Harris found comfort in her deep convictions from a young age. Harris once again turned to God on November 2, 2012 when she faced what would be her great...

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Massey director honored with inaugural health equity award

Oct 21, 2021

The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) recognized VCU Massey Cancer Center director Robert A. Winn, M.D., with its inaugural Cancer Health Equity Award at the AACI/Cancer Center Administrators Forum (CCAF) Annual Meeting. Winn, who also holds the Lipman Chair in Oncology at Massey and ...

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Cancer center and neighboring HBCU receive $1.7M to increase health equity and research pipeline diversity

Oct 21, 2021

Two institutions with different skills and perspectives are teaming up to create a program that’s the first-of-its-kind in the state of Virginia Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center (Massey) and Virginia State University (VSU) have received a prestigious “team science” grant from th...

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Student and triathlete bikes to Philadelphia conference to raise money for breast cancer research

Oct 19, 2021

Cory Fines likes a challenge. The Virginia Commonwealth University Ph.D. student became interested in cancer research as a kid, not because someone close to him was affected, but because it was hard. “My initial interest in cancer was simply because it's a big problem,” he said. “Within each cancer,...

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VCU Massey is first in Virginia to use tech that saves lymph nodes in women with breast cancer

Oct 06, 2021

Doctors often remove lymph nodes to check whether cancer has spread from the breast to surrounding tissue, but that’s now avoidable for many patients in the Commonwealth Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center is the first in the state of Virginia to use an FDA-approved substance calle...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Facts, faith and fellowship: Massey director takes health information to Brunswick churches

Oct 05, 2021

On September 19, 2021, pastors at The Tabernacle of Zion Church in Lawrenceville, Va., and Lake Gaston Christian Life Center in Ebony, Va., handed over their pulpits for the sake of science. VCU Massey Cancer Center director Robert Winn, M.D. spoke to their congregations about the coronavirus and th...

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