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Prominent sleep expert joins VCU to tackle insomnia among cancer patients

Jan 27, 2022

About 80% of people diagnosed with or undergoing treatment for cancer will experience insomnia. And Oxana Palesh, Ph.D., M.P.H., knows insomnia is more than an inconvenience. “Sleep disruption is associated with every aspect of functioning. And it never makes someone’s quality of life better,” sa...

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...

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

New Massey initiative aims to create shared data hub for cancer centers across the U.S.

Jan 24, 2022

Massey Cancer Center is working with analytics leader SAS to power vital research into higher cancer and mortality rates among low-income and vulnerable populations. SAS and Massey will create the Massey Research Analytics Hub, a secure, cloud-based platform with easy-to-use visualizations of quant...

Center News & Funding, Research

Massey director to make keynote address on lung cancer screening disparities

Jan 13, 2022

Robert A. Winn, M.D., director and Lipman Chair in Oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center, will deliver the opening keynote address at the Association of Cancer Executives (ACE) 28th Annual Meeting. ACE is a national organization offering continuing education in the areas of oncology, clinical researc...

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...

Research, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey ‘Wunderkind’ reflects on winding road to cancer disparities research

Nov 17, 2021

This week, STAT News named Arnethea Sutton, Ph.D., as one of this year’s 27 STAT Wunderkinds – the news organization’s prestigious award that aims to recognize rising stars in biomedical research. STAT Wunderkinds can be postdocs, residents, interns, fellows and industry scientists, who have complet...

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...

Research, Center News & Funding

Pilot grants for early-career cancer researchers draw record applicants

Nov 09, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center recently renewed its Institutional Research Grant (IRG) from the American Cancer Society(ACS) – a program that has been providing seed money to early-career cancer researchers at VCU for nearly 50 years.  The grant totals $300,000 over the course of three years. A committee ...

Center News & Funding, Research

Student and triathlete bikes to Philadelphia conference to raise money for breast cancer research

Oct 19, 2021

Cory Fines likes a challenge. The Virginia Commonwealth University Ph.D. student became interested in cancer research as a kid, not because someone close to him was affected, but because it was hard. “My initial interest in cancer was simply because it's a big problem,” he said. “Within each cancer,...

Center News & Funding, Research

Distinguished epidemiologist joins VCU School of Medicine and Massey Cancer Center

Aug 31, 2021

Emmanuel A. Taylor, MSc, DrPH, has had a long career working to reduce health disparities. For the last 17 years, he served as health scientist administrator and program director in the Office of the Director of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) at the National Cancer Institute ...

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...


Cancer patients use less marijuana than general public

Aug 13, 2021

Study shows that between 2013-2018, as many states were legalizing recreational marijuana, cancer patients continued to abstain in large numbers Richmond, Va. — Aug. 13, 2021 — Last month, three states – Virginia, South Dakota and Connecticut – joined the ranks of more than a dozen others that have ...

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 ...

Center News & Funding, Research

Massey scientists awarded $2.3M to investigate treatment options for advanced prostate cancer

Jul 12, 2021

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It grows slowly and has a positive prognosis if detected early; however, prostate cancer typically spreads to the bone wh...

Center News & Funding, Research

Massey researcher awarded $1.3M to identify environmental risks for bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Jul 02, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher David Wheeler, M.P.H., Ph.D., was awarded more than $1.3 million in total funding through a U01 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to better understand environmental, geographic and socioeconomic risk factors that lead to bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin...

Research, Center News & Funding

American Cancer Society grant fuels the development of triple-negative breast cancer treatments

Jun 28, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center scientist Senthil Radhakrishnan, Ph.D., has been awarded $792,000 over four years by the American Cancer Society to explore a new approach to treating triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). TNBC accounts for about 15 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed and disproportiona...


Massey researcher examines how to reduce cancer disparities and improve quality of care for the LGBTQ+ population

Jun 22, 2021

To commemorate Pride Month 2021, the Biden administration issued a proclamation that celebrates the accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community but also acknowledges the ongoing struggle to secure equity for this population in many areas impacted by government policy, including health care. In line wit...


Vulnerability in mutant KRAS pancreatic tumors discovered and targeted

Jun 16, 2021

Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the pancreas, a long and flat gland located behind the stomach that helps with digestion and blood sugar regulation. Because pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect early, it is associated with a low survival...

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...

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