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‘We can prevent 20-30,000 cancers a year’: Massey experts hold community conversation on HPV vaccination

May 06, 2022

Bernard F. Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director for population science and the Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., chair in Cancer Research at VCU Massey Cancer Center, says there is one question he and other cancer researchers, clinicians and advocates often hear: “What can I do to prevent cancer?” T...

Prevention & Control, Research, Center News & Funding

Massey researcher awarded three-year grant for tobacco investigation

Apr 18, 2022

Mignonne C. Guy, Ph.D., a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center and an associate professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been awarded $845,0...

Prevention & Control, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Virginia’s NCI-designated cancer centers educating Virginians on new colorectal cancer screening guidelines

Mar 13, 2022

To commemorate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Virginia’s two National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers are teaming up with the Virginia Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (VCCRT) to highlight new guidelines recommending that colorectal cancer screenings should begin at age 45 for most Virgin...

Research, Prevention & Control

Opinion: Ending cancer as we know it

Mar 01, 2022

The following opinion piece was first published in The Hill.  Noted philanthropist and cancer research advocate Mary Lasker once said, “If you think research is expensive, try disease!” This philosophy has been a driving force behind decades of progress against cancer, made possible by the robust co...

Prevention & Control, Research

Massey researcher to serve on FDA's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

Jan 26, 2022

Mignonne C. Guy, Ph.D., a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center and associate professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies in the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and Sciences, has been appointed to the U.S...

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...

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...

Prevention & Control

Massey joins NCI-designated cancer centers in urging vaccination to protect against cancer-causing HPV and other diseases

Aug 30, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center joins doctors and scientists across America at National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers and other medical groups in issuing a joint statement urging the nation’s health care systems, physicians, parents and young adults to get the human papillomavirus (HPV) ...

Center News & Funding, Research, Prevention & Control

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...

Center News & Funding, Research, Prevention & Control

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...

Research, Prevention & Control

Researchers envision better health interventions for men who have sex with men

Aug 03, 2021

While much of the health research around men who have sex with men (MSM) involves HIV, these communities are at increased risk for other health problems including certain types of cancer, substance use and mental health issues. A new scoping review by VCU School of Medicine and Massey Cancer Center ...

Prevention & Control

Unprecedented study uncovers geographic-related HPV vaccination disparities in Virginia

Jul 19, 2021

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus, which is strongly associated with the development of certain cancers, including cervical and oropharyngeal, is largely preventabl...

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) ...

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...

Prevention & Control

Colorectal cancer screening age lowered to 45

May 18, 2021

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) updated their guidelines for colorectal cancer screening, lowering the recommended age of first screening to 45 for adults with no heightened family or medical risk of the disease. After reviewing the latest evidence and running simulations on ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Prevention & Control

One team, one fight: community members help drive Massey’s research on disparities in cancer screening and care

Apr 13, 2021

Ruth Staton spoke with conviction as she described her first years practicing nursing in Richmond. It was the early 1970’s, and the racial divide was evident in her interactions with both patients and physicians at the hospital. “They weren’t used to having a Black woman on that floor,” Staton remem...

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...

Research, Prevention & Control

Massey Cancer Center experts weigh in on new lung cancer screening guidelines

Mar 15, 2021

This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued new recommendations that double the number of Americans eligible for annual low-dose CT lung scans. The revised guidelines lower the eligibility age to 50 from the original 55-years of age and reduces the number of pack-years of cigarette smo...

Prevention & Control

Massey researchers conduct first-of-its-kind review of national data to better understand geographic factors that affect HPV vaccination rates

Jan 21, 2021

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection, with an estimated 79 million Americans currently infected with the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If a high-risk HPV infection does not go away, it can lead to the development of a vari...

Prevention & Control

Supplements, vitamins, herbals and more

Nov 04, 2020

Written by Masey Ross, M.D., M.S., medical director of Massey’s Integrative Health Program Beginning this month, Health in Harmony will feature information for you about supplements, vitamins, herbals and over-the-counter preparations used to support health. The information is not intended to endors...

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