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The $125 billion question: how will the ACA affect cancer survivors?

Sabik Barnes Bradley for ACA blog post

In 2010, the total cost of cancer care in the United States reached $125 billion. Cancer patients are also living longer today, which is further increasing the cost of their continued care. As the health insurance exchanges have opened and heated debate about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues, many questions remain, including the $125 billion question: “How will the ACA affect the most expensive disease: cancer?”

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Mackenzie was just 20 months old when the team at VCU Massey Cancer Center removed a peach-sized tumor from her brain. This Christmas, she’s celebrating her 10th birthday.

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Massey researchers and physicians receive VCU Faculty Excellence Awards

VCU Massey Cancer Center physicians and researchers were recently honored at the VCU School of Medicine’s 16th Annual Faculty Excellence Awards. Established in 1999, these awards formally recognize exceptional faculty for their leadership, mentorship and professional excellence.

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Targeted treatment Herceptin found to greatly improve long-term survival of HER2-positive breast cancer patients

Charles Geyer, M.D., F.A.C.P.

VCU Massey Cancer Center physician-researcher Charles E. Geyer, Jr., M.D., was the National Protocol Officer for one component of a large national study involving two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-supported clinical trials which demonstrated that trastuzumab significantly improves the long-term survival of HER-2 positive breast cancer patients.  The combined study was designed to determine the long-term safety and efficacy of the drug trastuzumab, which is commonly known as Herceptin and is primarily used alongside chemotherapy to treat HER2-positive breast cancer. The study focused on both the overall survival rates of patients up to ten years post-treatment as well as the known and potentially harmful side effects to the cardiac system.

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Scientists define important gene interaction that drives aggressive brain cancer

Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D., and Luni Emdad, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM) have identified a novel interaction between a microRNA and a gene that could lead to new therapies for the most common and deadly form of brain tumor, malignant glioma. 

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Massey physicians win Best Bedside Manner Awards

VCU Massey Cancer Center physicians were recognized by the community as having the best bedside manner in the 2014 Annual Best Bedside Manner Awards presented by Our Health Richmond magazine. The public voted for medical providers in the Richmond area based on kindness, empathy and attentiveness.

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