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Massey director co-chairs steering committee for AACR’s annual cancer disparities report

Jun 15, 2022

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) released its Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2022 on June 8. The publication raises awareness of the enormous toll that cancer exacts on racial and ethnic minorities and other medically underserved populations, while highlighting areas of recent...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

For Massey researcher, platelets donation is personal

May 10, 2022

Several times each year, J. Brian Cassel, Ph.D., rolls up his sleeves in the name of cancer patients. Cassel, the palliative care research director at VCU Massey Cancer Center, is a regular platelets donor. “I want to do something tangible for people living with cancer,” explained Cassel. “Both of ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Prevention & Control, Research

‘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...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research

Community members drive inaugural Massey Breast Cancer Summit

Apr 22, 2022

On Tuesday, April 19, leaders from VCU Massey Cancer Center converged for the inaugural Breast Cancer Summit. They aimed to engage the community on priorities for research in an effort to close gaps in breast cancer inequities. “The importance of a summit like this is that our cancer center and com...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Virginia faith leaders release open letter denouncing war in Ukraine

Apr 20, 2022

More than 20 faith leaders and members of the Facts & Faith Fridays community group in central Virginia have released an open letter denouncing the war in Ukraine. "Today, as a united front, our Facts & Faith Fridays community is watching in horror at the events unfolding in Ukraine," says an excerp...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

‘Look at what you can dream, and then create it’: Massey director delivers keynote address at Virginia State University

Apr 06, 2022

On Monday, April 4, 2022, Robert A. Winn, M.D., director and Lipman Chair in Oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center, served as the keynote speaker during the Honors College Spring Convocation at Virginia State University (VSU). “You already know what you’re supposed to do,” Winn told the students. “Yo...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Center News & Funding

2022 Doctor’s Day

Mar 29, 2022

As Massey celebrates Doctor’s Day 2022, Phil and Joan Brennan are proud to share their reasons for supporting Massey. And, they invite others to join them by making a gift to help advance cancer research and clinical trials at Massey. “Thank you.” These are more than two simple words. For Phil and ...

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

Stand Up To Cancer and Southeastern cancer centers fight racial inequities in lung cancer

Mar 15, 2022

VCU Massey Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center and University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center secured a four-year, $3 million grant from Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) that will establish the SU2C Lung Cancer Health Equity Research Team and...

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...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

We think of ourselves as a cancer center for all Virginians

Feb 28, 2022

‘We think of ourselves as a cancer center for all Virginians:’ Massey DEI director shares vision for equity at national workshop VCU Massey Cancer Center’s efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) through practices, procedures, policies, personnel and patient care were part of a nati...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey awards grants to seven community-led health initiatives

Feb 22, 2022

This year, VCU Massey Cancer Center is investing in community-led initiatives that aim to improve the health outcomes for Virginians. On Feb. 22, Massey announced it awarded $5,000 from the new Massey Cancer Center Community Grant Program to each of the following seven organizations: World U.P. ...

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...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Richmond area cancer ministry offers survivors and their families support

Jan 21, 2022

Elena Robertson knows she received a vision from God. In 2005, Robertson, the co-pastor of Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries, saw a need to support women affected by cancer. In response, Robertson and the Women’s Ministry at her North Chesterfield, Va. church founded Just Support, a m...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Transplant doctor and patient run marathon together

Dec 16, 2021

Every year in the U.S., about 50,000 people receive bone marrow transplants and about 500,000 complete a marathon. The math works out to less than 0.00008% of the U.S. population who have done both within the same two-year period, like Mary Becker, age 32, of Chesapeake. “It’s incredibly unusual,” s...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Larger than life

Dec 14, 2021

ScucciFest music festival turns loss - and a love of music - into hope in the fight against lung cancer It’s been nearly a decade and a half since the world lost Michael Robert (“Scucci”) Pascucci. But, his exuberant spirit and love for life and music live on every year through ScucciFest, an annual...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

New Massey grant program to support community-led health initiatives

Dec 07, 2021

In 2022, VCU Massey Cancer Center will invest in community-led initiatives that aim to improve the health outcomes for Virginians. The new Massey Cancer Center Community Grant Program will help community partners expand programs focused on the promotion of health, health equity, person-centered care...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Clinical

Massey researcher aims to increase colorectal cancer screening in vulnerable communities

Dec 02, 2021

Growing up in rural southeast Arkansas, Michael Preston, Ph.D., M.P.H., saw the value of early screening for colorectal cancer firsthand. His grandfather was screened early, and doctors were able to stop the cancer before it progressed. Preston credits the screening for getting to enjoy many more ye...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

New Massey chaplain embraces holistic care for patients and staff

Nov 23, 2021

Reverend Charles Riffee, M.Div., joined VCU Massey Cancer Center in October 2021. As chaplain, he will provide pastoral care and spiritual guidance to patients, family and staff. In this Q&A, learn more about Riffee and how he plans to apply his style of chaplaincy to the unique challenges brought a...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

The Epicest: Dean Jarrett Annual Golf Tournament raises $12,800 for Massey

Nov 19, 2021

Dean Jarrett was an epic person.  A native Virginian and proud Richmonder, Dean was a golf enthusiast, a lover of travel and adventure and a skilled communicator. He was a big-hearted giver who was always ready to share a smile. More than anything, Dean Jarrett was a loving husband, father and frie...

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...

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