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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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Metabolized sugar and fat could offer key insights into prostate cancer disparities among African American men

Jan 26, 2023

African American men are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and are twice as likely to die from the disease compared to white men, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). David Turner, Ph.D., member of the Cancer Prevention an...

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Conference highlights Massey’s research partnership to create a firefighter cancer registry

Jan 24, 2023

Bernard 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, presented at the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters (VPFF) Legislative Conference on Ja...