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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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...

Clinical, Center News & Funding

Massey becomes first in Virginia to offer FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapy

Jul 02, 2018

CAR T-cell therapy has proven very effective at treating advanced blood cancers in both children and adults. These types of cancers are usually treated successfully with chemotherapy, but in some cases conventional approaches do not work. That’s when CAR-T cell therapy can be a patient’s best option...


Historical lessons and a bright future in the battle against lung cancer

Nov 30, 2017

By Patrick Nana-Sinkam, M.D.Dr. Nana-Sinkam is a pulmonologist and cancer researcher at VCU Massey Cancer Center and chair of the VCU Health Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care MedicineToday marks the end of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and as such it allows us to pause and reflect on th...


New lung cancer screening clinic is one-of-a-kind in Richmond region

Nov 27, 2017

Lung cancer is currently the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women, claiming more lives annually than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. The American Cancer Society estimates that in Virginia there will more than 3,800 deaths due to lung cancer in 2017. ...


Kandace McGuire joins VCU Massey Cancer Center as chief of breast surgery

Oct 05, 2017

Most recently, Dr. McGuire was the surgical director of the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Program at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina. Previously, she served in various roles related to breast cancer care at the University of Pittsburgh Magee-Womens Ho...


Massey now offering HIPEC for advanced abdominal cancers

Jun 02, 2017

VCU Massey Cancer Center recently became the only cancer care provider in Richmond and one of only a handful in the state to offer heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), a complex procedure used to treat advanced abdominal cancers. “HIPEC is typically reserved for patients with advanced colore...


Second opinions led to improved care and a clinical trial

Jun 01, 2017

Richmonder Bindu Panapalli’s experience with ovarian cancer has been difficult, but it’s hard to tell due to her cheerful disposition and contagious laugh. She recently finished treatments for ovarian cancer, and is now participating in a clinical trial studying the effects of diet and exercise on o...


Massey neuro-oncologist answers questions about chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

May 12, 2017

May 7-13 is National Neuropathy Awareness Week. Peripheral neuropathy, often simply referred to as “neuropathy,” is a condition that occurs when your peripheral nerves, the nerves that transmit signals between your central nervous system and the rest of your body, become damaged or disrupted. Many c...


Virginia cancer care providers and clinical researchers convene for sixth annual Massey conference

Apr 19, 2017

Oncologists and clinical cancer researchers from across the state gathered for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center’s sixth annual Cancer Symposium and Clinical Research Affiliation Network Retreat on April 7 and 8 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, VA. Friday’s...

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