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At VCU Massey Cancer Center we have implemented changes in our clinics to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and keep our patients and medical teams safe. Our providers are highly trained at screening for and managing highly infectious diseases, and we are regularly updating our care practices.

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ONCOLOGY PATIENTS Help us keep you, all our patients and team members safe. If you’re scheduled for an appointment and experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, please contact your primary oncology provider or CIT physician at least three days before your appointment. Your provider may order a COVID-19 test so we are better prepared to prevent possible spread. Click here to learn about the common symptoms associated with COVID-19, the flu and a cold.

Need vaccine? Learn how to get your shot at or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Language translation available, TTY users dial 7-1-1.

Photo caption: Audrey Roberson receives VCU Health's first COVID-19 vaccination. (Photo: Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Audrey Roberson receives VCU Health's first COVID-19 vaccination.

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COVID-19, Research

Cancer patients likely to believe COVID-19 misinformation

Feb 14, 2022

We’ve all heard them. Conspiracy theories and rumors about COVID-19 are rampant on the internet, and while some are relatively harmless, such as the belief that drinking water frequently will stave off infection, others are more dangerous, sowing seeds of mistrust in vaccines or leading people to sw...


COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots for cancer patients

Dec 20, 2021

Our experts answer your questions. As a cancer patient, you may wonder whether the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for you. Here, our experts from VCU Massey Cancer Center answer common questions about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and booster shots for cancer patients. How dangerous is COVID-19 f...


Q&A: Cancer and the flu shot

Dec 14, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot every year. With winter and flu season underway, John McCarty, M.D., director of the Cellular Immunotherapies and Transplant Program and member of the Developmental Therapeutics rese...

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...


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...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, COVID-19

Massey and Hitting Cancer Below the Belt partnership packs a punch for colon cancer

Jun 04, 2021

Several times a year, Mindy Conklin packs up a ten-foot inflatable colon and hits the road. She visits schools, health fairs, free clinics and hospitals across Virginia. Conklin, the founder and executive director of Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2), connects with individuals during her stops t...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, COVID-19

CDC leader explains new masking guidelines at Massey’s Facts & Faith Fridays

Jun 03, 2021

One day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new COVID-19 masking guidelines, Virginia faith leaders gathered virtually as part of VCU Massey Cancer Center’s weekly webinar, Facts and Faith Fridays, to learn how the change will affect their communities and congregations....


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...


Massey director Dr. Robert Winn among first recipients of the COVID-19 vaccination at VCU Medical Center

Dec 17, 2020

VCU Medical Center began COVID-19 vaccinations of its first front-line team members Wednesday afternoon. Robert Winn, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center, was one of seven people who volunteered to be the first to receive the new vaccine. “This day is about the opportunity to take care of one...

COVID-19, Research

Massey researcher finds total deaths recorded during the pandemic far exceed those attributed to COVID-19

Oct 13, 2020

For every two deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the U.S., a third American dies as a result of the pandemic, according to study findings from Steven Woolf, M.D., M.P.H., member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center. The study, published in the Journal of th...


Massey researcher leads clinical trials at VCU on investigational drug therapy for COVID-19

Jun 26, 2020

Virginia Commonwealth University researchers began two clinical trials this week on a potential, experimental treatment for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus rapidly spreading across the globe. The trials will be led by Arun Sanyal, M.D., a member of the Cancer Cell Signaling and Cancer Prevention...


Changes to visitor policy

Jun 22, 2020

As of Friday, January 8, VCU Massey Cancer Center is suspending all in-person visits to hospitalized patients for the duration of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary, full visitor restriction policy is designed to keep our team members, patients and community safe. Exceptions inc...


Help us stay safe: Face masks required at all Massey facilities

Jun 18, 2020

We want to continue to keep everyone onsite at VCU Massey Cancer Center safe during COVID-19. To do this, we are following the face mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are requiring everyone in our environment to wear a face mask. If you do not have a face mask, we ...


Massey researcher develops extremely rapid experimental COVID-19 test to accelerate diagnostic turnaround

Jun 15, 2020

Early diagnosis and isolation of patients with COVID-19 is a keystone for controlling the pandemic and allowing phased reopening in Virginia. While testing capacity has grown, quick turnaround for patient results remains critical. To address this need, Rebecca Martin, Ph.D., Massey research member a...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, COVID-19

‘A pandemic within a pandemic’: COVID-19, protests shine a spotlight on inequity

Jun 12, 2020

Amid worldwide protests over systemic racism, a Richmond-area congresswoman, Virginia’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, and the director of VCU Massey Cancer Center hosted a virtual town hall Wednesday to discuss the disproportionate ways that minority communities have been affected b...


Massey researcher investigating vitamin C as a potential COVID-19 treatment

Jun 12, 2020

A clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of high-dose intravenous vitamin C (HDIVC) to treat COVID-19 and reduce the need for intensive care was co-developed by a Massey researcher and is underway at the Hunter Holmes Mcguire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the McGuire Research Institute. Howard...


Community volunteers sew masks to protect Massey medical workers from COVID-19

May 20, 2020

In mid-March as confirmed COVID-19 cases began spreading across the Richmond area, VCU Massey Cancer Center physician-researcher Douglas Arthur, M.D., shared with his wife, Shelly, his concerns about the nationwide shortage of face masks for health care workers and the risk of coronavirus exposure t...


Massey researcher harnessing supercomputers in the race against COVID-19

May 20, 2020

Massey researcher Michael H. Peters, Ph.D., is using powerful supercomputers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley to investigate the “spike” protein of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Through advanced computer simulations, Peters hopes to determine the mechanisti...


Massey implements COVID testing for cancer patients undergoing treatment

May 15, 2020

VCU Massey Cancer Center is implementing COVID-19 testing for patients on active cancer treatment, especially those receiving chemotherapy, selected patients receiving radiation therapy and before surgery.  The testing, which involves a nasal swab, is performed 48 hours prior to their treatment and ...

COVID-19, Research

Once a coronavirus vaccine exists, Massey researcher's mailable patch could deliver it to millions

May 14, 2020

Someday, hundreds of millions of vaccinations against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could show up in people’s mailboxes and be applied as simply as slapping on a Band-Aid. That’s the vision of Guizhi “Julian” Zhu, Ph.D., a member of the Developmental Therapeutics research program at VCU Masse...

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