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Facts & Faith Fridays offers melanoma prevention tips and resources for Black college students

Aug 25, 2023

VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Facts & Faith Fridays session on Aug. 18 offered participants valuable information regarding melanoma prevention and detection, and highlighted the efforts of a local nonprofit organization in helping Black students achieve success in higher education. Joining the call to ...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity, Prevention & Control, Clinical

Donor spotlight: George Sushkoff and Swim Across America Richmond

Aug 22, 2023

Competitive swimming is an individual sport, George Sushkoff says. But to win, it requires teamwork and collaboration. Like fighting cancer. On Saturday, Aug. 26, Sushkoff, a lifelong competitive swimmer and cancer survivor, will participate in the fifth annual Swim Across America Richmond event, a ...

Center News & Funding, Research, Prevention & Control

Massey statistician earns $1.7M grant to study long-term effects of neighborhood exposures and racial segregation on cancer risk

Aug 18, 2023

Breast, colorectal and lung cancers are significant public health burdens in the U.S., accounting for more than 688,000 newly-diagnosed cancers in 2023, with significant racial and ethnic disparities in disease incidence and mortality, according to the American Cancer Society. While previous researc...

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Massey appoints Khalid Matin as associate director for Global Oncology

Jul 18, 2023

VCU Massey Cancer Center is stepping up its global cancer initiatives with the appointment of Khalid Matin, M.D., FACP, to the position of associate director for Global Oncology. Matin, a professor of medicine at VCU School of Medicine and medical oncologist at Massey, will now be responsible for dr...

Diet & Nutrition, Prevention & Control

Summer safety: Can grilled meats produce cancerous chemicals?

Jun 29, 2023

Steak, barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken. What do all of these meats have in common? They all taste best when they’re touched by the sizzling flames of a grill on a hot summer day. Many would describe the meats listed as being full of flavor, but recent research suggests that they also have...

Center News & Funding, Prevention & Control

Board Spotlight: Conor Ashby - Remembering his dad by giving back to Massey

Jun 16, 2023

O’Conor “Conor” Ashby II is committed to fighting cancer in memory of his father. As the nation celebrates and honors dads for giving so much of themselves this Father’s Day, we also remember those lost. Conor Ashby was just 11 years old when he lost his father to lung cancer. James Ashby III was an...

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Commonwealth celebrates Massey Cancer Center’s comprehensive designation: “If you didn’t know about Massey—now you know”

Jun 09, 2023

Leaders from Virginia Commonwealth University and across the commonwealth came together to celebrate VCU Massey Cancer Center’s comprehensive designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Thursday, June 8.   Robert A. Winn, M.D., Massey director and Lipman Chair in Oncology, was joined by ...

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What does it mean to have a Comprehensive Cancer Center?

Jun 08, 2023

VCU Massey Cancer Center recently joined the ranks of an elite group of cancer centers across the United States after receiving its designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the nation’s principal authority on cancer research and training. This recognition ...

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

Firefighter cancer registry highlighted at Massey-supported symposium

Jun 05, 2023

Luis Salazar’s cancer journey began when he was 28 years old and a ten-year veteran of the fire service. “I was first diagnosed at the end of 2018, early 2019, with testicular cancer,” Salazar recalled. “I had surgery and a few rounds of chemotherapy. Eighteen months later, they found a tumor on the...

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Melanoma 101: Screening and preventing skin cancer

May 03, 2023

May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month. With summer around the corner, there’s no better time to learn how to protect your body’s largest organ. We spoke with Kimberly Salkey, M.D., dermatologist at VCU Massey Cancer Center, to get the lowdown on skin cancer risk, screening and prevention –...

Clinical, Research, Prevention & Control

Head and neck cancers: What you need to know

Apr 24, 2023

Head and neck cancers usually start in the squamous cells lining the mucosal surfaces of the mouth, nose, throat, voice box and salivary glands. “While head and neck cancers make up only about 5% of cancers, they can be particularly devastating because they can affect speaking, swallowing, breathing...

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VCU Massey Cancer Center to deploy “Massey on the Move” mobile health vans to combat cancer in Virginia’s underserved communities

Apr 20, 2023

VCU Massey Cancer Center and Dominion Energy are teaming up to deploy two mobile health units that will provide critical cancer education and outreach to the public within traditionally underserved communities in central and southern Virginia. Artwork for the vans was designed by two Richmond-area s...

Prevention & Control, Research, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Women and Wellness 2023 - Survivors Stories

Mar 13, 2023

Three local cancer survivors join Women and Wellness keynote speaker Bershan Shaw to share their stories of survivorship According to the American Association for Cancer Research, 40% of all cancers and 50% of cancer deaths may be preventable. Thanks to advances in cancer research, prevention and ea...

Prevention & Control, Clinical

Common myths and misconceptions about colorectal cancer

Mar 02, 2023

Colorectal cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States, and while overall incidence rates have dropped in the last few decades, they are rising among people younger than 55, according to the American Cancer Society. This trend is concerning to experts, particularly bec...

Research, Clinical, Prevention & Control, Community Engagement & Health Equity

How Massey Cancer Center is helping move the needle for the Cancer Moonshot 2.0

Feb 21, 2023

In early February, on the anniversary of the revived Cancer Moonshot, the Biden administration announced new initiatives to improve cancer care and prevention. At Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address, he reemphasized the Moonshot’s goal of cutting cancer death rates by at least 50% in the next 25...

Research, Clinical, Prevention & Control

Cardio-oncology: Protecting the heart health of cancer patients

Feb 20, 2023

Advances in care are leading to better outcomes for cancer patients, but some cancer treatments can lead to negative impacts on the heart and cardiovascular system, including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, heart disease and heart failure. For many cancer patients who have completed treat...

Research, Center News & Funding, Prevention & Control, Clinical

Massey awards new round of pilot grants for early-career cancer investigators

Sep 23, 2022

VCU Massey Cancer Center recently awarded a total of $200,000 to five early-career cancer researchers through its Institutional Research Grant (IRG) from the American Cancer Society (ACS) – a program that has been providing seed money to junior investigators at the university for nearly 50 years. T...

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NCI-funded project aims to reduce racial disparities in cancer genetic counseling

Sep 13, 2022

A project led by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers and funded last month by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, aims to reduce racial cancer disparities in the United States by studying what happens during the genetic counseling process that results i...

Prevention & Control

Q&A: Meet the researcher searching for the healthiest and safest dog foods

Aug 25, 2022

David P. Turner, Ph.D., has always loved dogs. One of the newer members of the Massey Cancer Center research team in the Cancer Prevention and Control research program, Turner’s primary research focus is examining the negative links between advanced glycation end products (A.G.E.s) and human health....

Research, Center News & Funding, Prevention & Control

Multi-site study aims to prevent heart disease in young breast cancer patients

Jul 13, 2022

A 5-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) — part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — will enable researchers from VCU Massey Cancer Center, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center and Duke Cancer Institute to ...

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