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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, Diet & Nutrition

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 ...

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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...

Prevention & Control

Social media policies can curb HPV vaccine misinformation and improve public health communications, but concerns remain

Oct 05, 2020

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease and the primary cause of several cancers. Recent estimates indicate that 70-90 percent of HPV-related cancers may be prevented through vaccination. Despite widespread scientific agreement on benefits, misleading information a...

Prevention & Control

Pinterest offers unique channel for individuals seeking breast cancer information

Jan 27, 2020

Social media has shown increasing promise in the area of health communication. A recent study led by Carrie A. Miller, Ph.D., M.P.H., a fellow in the NCI-funded T32 postdoctoral training program in cancer prevention and control research at VCU Massey Cancer Center and a postdoctoral fellow in the De...

Prevention & Control

Massey’s growing yoga program provides comfort and support for individuals facing cancer

Nov 04, 2019

Cancer patients and survivors face a variety of physical and mental symptoms including fatigue, muscle weakness, bone density loss, depression and stress. Research shows that yoga can ease these issues while also improving strength, concentration and flexibility. According to the 2017 National Healt...

Prevention & Control

Making time for mammograms: a message of hope and survivorship

Jun 03, 2019

Lisa Marshall wants women to know how important it is to prioritize their own health. “One thing I would say is that I encourage women to get their mammograms,” she said. “Like so many of us, I work full-time. We get so busy and we don’t put ourselves first.” For several years, Marshall focused on ...

Prevention & Control

Massey researchers receive grant to help VCU adopt tobacco-free campus policy

Mar 24, 2019

Two VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers have been awarded a $20,000 grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and CVS Health Foundation to help Virginia Commonwealth University develop and implement a policy that would make the university smoke and tobacco-free in an effort to reduce tobacco use...

Prevention & Control

“Virtual focus groups” uncover clues to rural and urban HPV vaccination disparities

Mar 11, 2019

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and Dartmouth College have harnessed the power of social media to understand differences in attitudes and behaviors about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among hundreds of thousands of parents living in rural and urban areas...

Prevention & Control

What you need to know about Medicare

Nov 13, 2018

“I have a patient who probably could have enrolled in Medicare Part B a year or two ago,” said VCU Massey Cancer Center Clinical Social Worker Freda Wilkins, M.S.W., M. Div. “She enrolled in Part A because it was free but didn’t enroll in Part B because she figured she had in-hospital coverage. Unfo...

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