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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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Dethroning lung cancer: How Massey is working to improve survival of the deadliest form of cancer

Richmond’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, VCU Massey Cancer Center is discovering new and better ways to prevent, detect and treat lung cancer. It will take new, innovative treatments, early detection and an eye toward prevention to save lives, and our doctors and researchers are stepping up to the challenge in a variety of ways. 

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Does smoking hookahs cause DNA changes that increase cancer risk?

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently awarded funding to support a collaboration between Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) researchers to study cancer biomarkers associated with hookah smoking, otherwise known as waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS).  At question is whether hookah smoking causes DNA changes that increase cancer risk. The results of the study will be used to inform public health policy in the U.S., Jordan and other countries where WTS is prevalent. 

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The Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia in Lawrenceville Moves to New Location

The Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia has moved to new location that is more central to Lawrenceville area cancer patients, survivors and their families and caregivers. After two and a half years at Saint Paul’s College, the Center now resides in the former Bloom Building at 221 N. Main Street.

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Massey physicians honored with Faculty Excellence Awards

VCU Massey Cancer Center physicians Harry D. Bear, M.D., Ph.D., Mary Helen Hackney, M.D., and Amelia C. Grover, M.D., were honored at VCU School of Medicine’s 17th Annual Faculty Excellence Awards on Wednesday, October 21. Awards were presented to faculty members who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments in education, leadership and professional achievement through their commitment to excellence, integrity, teaching and service.

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Q&A: Gilda Cardenosa explains why she believes new breast cancer screening guidelines are a mistake

This month, the American Cancer Society (ACS) issued new recommendations regarding breast cancer screening.

Gilda Cardenosa, M.D., director of breast imaging at VCU Health, Massey Cancer Center, is the author of several preeminent textbooks on breast imaging. Cardenosa explains the recent changes to the ACS guidelines, how she views these changes and what they mean for women.

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