Leading the nation’s cancer advancements through research

Massey's nationally recognized research programs comprises nearly 150 research members discovering and developing a future without cancer.

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One of the Nation’s leading cancer research centers

Massey Cancer Center is proud to be your local National Cancer institute (NCI)-designated cancer center. As one of just two centers in Virginia with this distinction, Massey is at the forefront of the nation’s cancer research efforts. This designation has been held since 1975, and enables eligibility for subsequent federal funding, information-sharing and resources reserved for the most elite institutions that demonstrate superior research capabilities.

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Preeminent research programs

Massey research members conduct cutting-edge research and lead collaborative initiatives through one of three scientific research programs.

Cancer Biology

Unraveling the causes of the growth and spread of cancer and identifying key interactions between tumors and their microenvironment

Developmental Therapeutics

Discovering, developing and evaluating novel, small molecules and biologics through clinical trials

Cancer Prevention & Control

Advancing cancer risk identification and mitigation as well as improved approaches to survivorship
Research events

Research events

Massey sponsors a range of research events for trainees and researchers.
Intramural funding

Intramural funding

Explore intramural funding opportunities for novel cancer-related research concepts.
Shared resources

Shared resources

Shared resources support the extensive cancer research portfolio of Massey scientists.

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VCU Massey Cancer Center achieves comprehensive status from the National Cancer Institute

Jun 01, 2023

VCU Massey Cancer Center has been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the nation’s principal authority on cancer research and training. Massey’s receipt of the highest level of recognition from the NCI pla...


Interrupting cancer's cascade

May 19, 2023

It’s rush hour right now in Priscilla Hwang’s lab. Actually, it’s rush hour almost all the time. Breast cancer cells roam this way and that, day and night, through the fluid-filled channels of tiny devices arranged inside incubators — the cells doing...