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Massey, Duke and community members begin charting a path to trust in research

Sep 01, 2021

On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, VCU Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Duke Cancer Institute and the Duke Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), h...

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Massey researchers awarded VCU KL2 grants to further cancer research

Sep 20, 2021

Two Massey researchers were awarded funding that will support the expansion of their health research and translation of that research into improved care for patients. Wendy Bottinor, M.D., and Jiong Li, Ph.D., are two of VCU’s 2021 KL2 scholars. The KL2 Mentored Career Development Award provides ear...


Survivor reflects on her breast cancer journey for National Grateful Patient Day

Sep 07, 2021

Throughout Denise Kranich’s career, she has seen her fair share of the great highs and lows of life. As a TV news reporter and host, Kranich covered stories and conducted countless interviews for programs like PM Magazine at WXEX-TV (now WRIC-TV) in the 1980s. With so much experience racing to the ...

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Massey, Duke and community members begin charting a path to trust in research

Sep 01, 2021

On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, VCU Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Duke Cancer Institute and the Duke Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), held a virtual event kicking off a series of conver...

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Distinguished epidemiologist joins VCU School of Medicine and Massey Cancer Center

Aug 31, 2021

Emmanuel A. Taylor, MSc, DrPH, has had a long career working to reduce health disparities. For the last 17 years, he served as health scientist administrator and program director in the Office of the Director of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) at the National Cancer Institute ...

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Massey joins NCI-designated cancer centers in urging vaccination to protect against cancer-causing HPV and other diseases

Aug 30, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center joins doctors and scientists across America at National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers and other medical groups in issuing a joint statement urging the nation’s health care systems, physicians, parents and young adults to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) ...


Massey researcher pursues an effective mental health therapy for patients with advanced brain cancer

Aug 25, 2021

A brain cancer diagnosis is a devastating one to hear. There’s no cure or remission, only levels of stability and estimations of time. Many patients with cancer struggle with mental health and maintaining quality of life, and psychological services or therapy is a standard part of holistic cance...

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Massey researchers awarded $1.3M to examine whether potential e-cigarette flavor regulations influence smoking reduction among African American menthol smokers

Aug 23, 2021

Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death in the U.S., and cigarette smoking increases the risk of a wide variety of cancers. Previous research suggests that e-cigarettes may serve as a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes; however, less is known regarding the effect of e-ciga...


COVID-19 booster shots recommended for the immunocompromised

Aug 19, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose. This recommendation arises from recently published data showing a lower vaccine response in patients with reduced immune function who...


Pancreatic cancer trials are no more diverse now than over a decade ago

Aug 17, 2021

According to a study published today in Gastroenterology by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and University of Florida Health, Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and Asian Americans remain conspicuously absent from pancreatic cancer clinical trials aimed at testing the m...

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Cancer losses fuel a Charlotte County family’s efforts to help other patients

Aug 16, 2021

Wendy Lankford remembers her family’s dark days with cancer. It is behind her determination to now offer light to patients dealing with their own diagnosis. In 1999, Lankford’s mother started Barksdale Cancer Foundation (BCF) with other loved ones after losing three family members to cancer in a fo...


Cancer patients use less marijuana than general public

Aug 13, 2021

Study shows that between 2013-2018, as many states were legalizing recreational marijuana, cancer patients continued to abstain in large numbers Richmond, Va. — Aug. 13, 2021 — Last month, three states – Virginia, South Dakota and Connecticut – joined the ranks of more than a dozen others that have ...

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NIH director offers an intersection of science and religion at Massey’s Facts & Faith Fridays

Aug 09, 2021

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spoke to a virtual audience of nearly 160 faith leaders and members of the Virginia Commonwealth University community on July 16. As the featured guest of the weekly Facts & Faith Fridays call, Collins explained he h...

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Massey biologist awarded $2.8M to identify novel drug targets for HPV-related cancers

Aug 05, 2021

Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are the most common sexually transmitted infection. Ordinarily these infections are resolved by the body’s immune responses, but if the virus evades these, it can lead to multiple health complications such as genital warts and a variety of cancers, including cervical can...


Dr. Jinxing Yu comments on new evidence supporting MRI-targeted biopsies for prostate cancer

Aug 04, 2021

Recently, a Swedish study of more than 12,000 men was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) showing clear benefits to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-targeted biopsies over standard biopsies for the detection of prostate cancer. VCU Health is one of a few large academic medical ce...

Research, Prevention & Control

Researchers envision better health interventions for men who have sex with men

Aug 03, 2021

While much of the health research around men who have sex with men (MSM) involves HIV, these communities are at increased risk for other health problems including certain types of cancer, substance use and mental health issues. A new scoping review by VCU School of Medicine and Massey Cancer Center ...

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VCU Massey partners with Duke to celebrate Henrietta Lacks with a community discussion on trust in research

Aug 02, 2021

On October 4, 1951, Henrietta Lacks passed away from cervical cancer at the age of 31, but her contributions to science are immortal. Unlike other samples collected by researchers during the time of her cancer treatment, cells from Lacks’ biopsy survived and multiplied in a laboratory. The cell line...

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VCU Medical Center named best hospital in Richmond metro area, high performing in cancer care

Jul 27, 2021

For the 11th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked VCU Medical Center, which includes VCU Massey Cancer Center’s oncology patient care, as the number one hospital in the Richmond metro area in its annual “Best Hospitals” rankings. Massey’s cancer care was recognized as “High Performing”...

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Massey director Robert Winn named president-elect of international cancer association

Jul 26, 2021

Robert Winn, M.D., director and Lipman Chair in Oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center, has been elected by the members of the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) to serve as vice president and president-elect of the AACI’s board of directors, effective immediately. He serves on the board...

Prevention & Control

Unprecedented study uncovers geographic-related HPV vaccination disparities in Virginia

Jul 19, 2021

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus, which is strongly associated with the development of certain cancers, including cervical and oropharyngeal, is largely preventabl...

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Massey scientists awarded $2.3M to investigate treatment options for advanced prostate cancer

Jul 12, 2021

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It grows slowly and has a positive prognosis if detected early; however, prostate cancer typically spreads to the bone wh...

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