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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...

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Virginia Gets its First Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE)

Sep 22, 2021

The three-year, approximately $3 million grant will focus on understanding and combating racial inequities in lung cancer Today, the National Cancer Institute announced that Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center has won a highly competitive SPORE grant – the first ever awarded in the...

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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...

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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 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Tremayne Robertson appointed as director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Jul 09, 2021

Tremayne Robertson joined VCU Massey Cancer Center on July 1 as the director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). In his role, Robertson will lead initiatives promoting DEI in Massey practices, procedures, policies, personnel and patient care. “DEI can and does inform the work being done daily ...

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Massey researcher awarded $1.3M to identify environmental risks for bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Jul 02, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher David Wheeler, M.P.H., Ph.D., was awarded more than $1.3 million in total funding through a U01 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to better understand environmental, geographic and socioeconomic risk factors that lead to bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin...

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American Cancer Society grant fuels the development of triple-negative breast cancer treatments

Jun 28, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center scientist Senthil Radhakrishnan, Ph.D., has been awarded $792,000 over four years by the American Cancer Society to explore a new approach to treating triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). TNBC accounts for about 15 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed and disproportiona...

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Celebrate a dad or father figure in your life

Jun 16, 2021

This Father’s Day, we invite you to celebrate a dad or father figure in your life by making a gift to Massey in their honor or memory.

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“This is all about prevention.”

Jun 15, 2021

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has connected with members of the VCU Massey Cancer Center team several times since his January 2018 inauguration. For the first time, however, a walk-through inflatable colon was the backdrop on June 4, 2021. Northam stopped by the Massey tent and colon cancer awaren...

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See how our new Adult Outpatient Pavilion will bring a multitude of patient services together under one roof

Jun 14, 2021

Get a sneak peek! VCU Health’s new 17-story Adult Outpatient Pavilion opens in December with a multitude of outpatient services easily accessible under one roof, including an oncology wing that will consolidate the majority of VCU Massey Cancer Center’s clinics on the downtown medical campus. The st...

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Sheppard receives Professional Achievement Award from VCU School of Medicine

Jun 09, 2021

Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D., was recently conferred the 2021 Women in Science, Dentistry and Medicine Professional Achievement Award from the VCU School of Medicine. Sheppard is the Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Chair in Cancer Prevention and Control and associate director for community outreach, engage...

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