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Facts, faith and fellowship: Massey director takes health information to Brunswick churches

Oct 05, 2021

On September 19, 2021, pastors at The Tabernacle of Zion Church in Lawrenceville, Va., and Lake Gaston Christian Life Center in Ebony, Va., handed over their pulpits for the sake of science. VCU Massey Cancer Center director Robert Winn, M.D. spoke to their congregations about the coronavirus and th...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey cancer survivor shares the “one little thing” that saved her life

Sep 28, 2021

Sue Marshall stood with confidence on the stage and spoke from the heart. She is a cancer survivor and always wears her battle wounds with pride. Marshall, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in May 2020 during the height of the novel coronavirus pandemic, shared her story at Our Laughter in the Rain (O...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Building community connections in Danville, one stitch at a time

Jul 09, 2021

In trying times when unity within the community is needed the most, the beauty, joy and fun of an art installation in Danville, Virginia, does just that. Called “WANDERLOVE: A Stitch in Time,” the installation began on June 28 on the Danville Riverwalk Trail and is now open to the public for viewing...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Navigating cervical cancer during a pandemic

Jul 01, 2021

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hampton resident Michelle Nix was not thinking about cervical cancer. The 51-year-old certified nursing assistant was busy working for a home health care agency and considered herself to be in good health. However, troubling physical symptoms appeared in J...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Prevention & Control

Massey helps kick off the inaugural National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week

Jun 28, 2021

For generations, some Black individuals in the United States have kept their health histories to themselves because they considered it taboo to discuss diagnoses with their family members. With this cultural tendency in mind, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Julie and Geoff Shudtz: A legacy of positivity and hope

Jun 22, 2021

Julie Shudtz is on a mission to spread awareness about pancreatic cancer and to share the legacy of positivity and hope left by her late husband, Geoff. Geoff was a husband, a son and a friend. He was a businessman and entrepreneur, who never missed a day of work even while undergoing cancer treatme...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

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.

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research

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...

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....

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Facts & Faith Fridays Hosts Croyle and Ciolino of National Cancer Institute

Jun 02, 2021

Last week’s installment of VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Facts & Faith Fridays featured two guest speakers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health – Henry Ciolino, Ph.D., director of the Office of Cancer Centers, and Bob Croyle, Ph.D., director of the Divisio...

Prevention & Control, Research, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Gray Matters: Advances in neuro-oncology

May 27, 2021

On Thursday, May 20, in honor of Brain Cancer Awareness Month, VCU Massey Cancer Center’s neuro-oncology team presented an “Insider’s Experience” virtual panel presentation highlighting critical breakthroughs and advances in neuro-oncology that are improving care of patients with brain cancer. “[Ou...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Public art installation connects Massey and cancer awareness to the Danville community

May 27, 2021

Suzette Wilkins interpreted the cancer stories of two dear friends as she crocheted with yarn in shades of pink and white. “All the pink made me think of Katherine. She’s battling breast cancer and just had her left breast removed. Now she is to begin radiation, so it was all for her,” explains Wilk...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Stepping up to the Massey Challenge in honor of her mom

May 26, 2021

Putting cancer on the run, one step at a time. That is the goal of Eleanor Templeton, a 24-year-old nursing student and devoted daughter who is stepping up to the Massey Challenge to fight cancer this spring in honor of her mother. Templeton’s “sweet mum,” as she calls her, has been bravely fight...

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...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Open hearts and open minds drive Petersburg’s Healthy Living and Learning Center

May 14, 2021

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its 2021 Virginia County Health Rankings in March, and Petersburg ranks 132 for health factors and 133 for healthy outcomes out of 133 localities. In response, VCU Massey Cancer Center will continue its efforts at the Petersburg Healthy Living and Learning...

Research, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Black and Latinx surgeons continue to hit glass ceiling in America

May 05, 2021

Among the upper echelons of academic surgery, Black and Latinx representation has remained flat over the past six years, according to a study published today in JAMA Surgery by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and University of Florida Health. The study tracked t...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Support Massey's nurses on National Nurses Day

May 05, 2021

Nurses are heroes. Compassion is their superpower. Join us to celebrate nurses making a difference in the lives of Massey cancer patients. At Massey, compassion is more than a quality all our nurses share — it is at the very core of who they are. Massey nurses don’t just treat cancer, they treat pe...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Honor and celebrate moms on Mother's Day

Apr 30, 2021

Honor and celebrate moms on Mother's Day

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