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Renato Martins named as new chair of hematology, oncology and palliative care at Massey

Jan 18, 2022

On March 1, Renato G. Martins, M.D., M.P.H., will become the new chair of hematology, oncology and palliative care at VCU Massey Cancer Center and the Department of Internal Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine. “I could not be more enthusiastic about joining VCU and Massey. I am inspired by the m...

Research, Prevention & Control, Clinical

Massey director on lung cancer: ‘Where you live, your place and space matters’

Dec 17, 2021

Robert A. Winn, M.D., director and Lipman Chair in Oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center, was a keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Meeting of the American Cancer Society National Lung Cancer Roundtable (NLCRT), held virtually December 6-7, 2021. The NLCRT is a consortium of representatives from natio...

Center News & Funding, Adult Outpatient Pavilion, Clinical, Technology

Massey at the Adult Outpatient Pavilion is now open

Dec 06, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center at the Adult Outpatient Pavilion is now open! Located just off I-95, VCU Health’s new 17-story Adult Outpatient Pavilion is conveniently located at the corner of North 10th and East Leigh streets, on the MCV campus in downtown Richmond. The new 615,000-square foot facility c...

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...

Center News & Funding, Clinical, Technology

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...

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...

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...

Clinical

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 ...

Clinical

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...

Clinical

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...

Clinical

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...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Clinical

Sisters’ bone marrow procedure decades ago means perfect match for kidney transplant

May 25, 2021

It sounds too good to be true — a kidney donor and transplant recipient with perfectly-matched immune systems even though they’re not identical twins. But it is true, and it happened in March at the VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center. Two sisters were so perfectly matched that the transplant recipient w...

Clinical, Research, Community Engagement & Health Equity

2021 Clinical Trials Day is May 20

May 20, 2021

In March 2020, when the pandemic hit, there were no approved treatments or vaccines for COVID-19. A little more than a year later, much of the world is being vaccinated, and fewer people with COVID-19 are dying — kept alive and off ventilators with the help of approved treatments. None of that woul...

Center News & Funding, Clinical, Prevention & Control

Massey specialists awarded $5 million to enhance lung cancer screening and treatment for veterans

Mar 26, 2021

A group of cancer specialists at VCU Massey Cancer Center were recently awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to implement a lung cancer screening and precision oncology program within the Central Virginia Veterans Affairs Health Care System (CVHCS). Co-principal investigat...

Clinical

Translational Research Initiative for Pain and Neuropathy (TRIPN) hosts inaugural research symposium

Nov 19, 2019

On Tuesday, November 5, the VCU Translational Research Initiative for Pain and Neuropathy (TRIPN) hosted its inaugural symposium showcasing the latest developments in pain and neuropathy research. TRIPN co-directors and VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers Egidio Del Fabbro, M.D., and M. Imad Damaj,...

Clinical

VCU Massey Cancer Center partners with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU to offer CAR T-cell therapy to children

Sep 24, 2019

This summer, VCU Massey Cancer Center in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) became a certified treatment center for Novartis’ KYMRIAH, an FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children and young adults. Massey was the first in Virginia to off...

Clinical

Q&A with Dr. Kandace McGuire on new mammography guidelines from The American Society of Breast Surgeons

May 08, 2019

This week, The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) issued new mammogram guidelines that recommend women of average risk of breast cancer should begin annual screening mammograms starting at age 40 and that women over 25 should undergo a formal risk assessment for breast cancer. Kandace McGui...

Clinical

From diagnosis to recovery, Massey’s nurse navigators are a guiding light for patients

Jan 11, 2019

Cancers are a complex of family of diseases that call for equally diverse treatments. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment programs may call upon multiple specialists and several types of therapies. All of the tests, appointments and medical jargon can easily overwhelm patients—that’s where nurse n...

Clinical

Stage 4 sarcomatoid kidney cancer patient first to show complete response to immunotherapy

Sep 27, 2018

“You see this place on the image? That’s where your kidney was,” says VCU Massey Cancer Center medical oncologist Asit Paul, M.D., Ph.D., to 69-year-old Thomas Bland. “And the tumors we saw in your lung and other places still have not returned. I’m happy to say you’ve been disease-free for more than...

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