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Common antibiotic part of a promising potential pancreatic cancer therapy

Paul Fisher and Bridget Quinn

Despite surgical advances, pancreatic cancer continues to be one of the most deadly and difficult cancers to manage due to a lack of effective therapies. However, VCU Massey Cancer Center and VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM) scientists in the lab of Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D., are hoping to change that with a novel combination of an experimental drug and a common antibiotic that has shown promising results in preclinical experiments. 

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Koblinski joins Massey as a research member

Massey welcomes Jennifer Koblinski, Ph.D., as a research member in the Cancer Molecular Genetics program. Koblinski joined the VCU Department of Pathology as an assistant professor in 2013. Koblinski’s primary research interest focuses on the mechanisms that facilitate breast cancer metastasis to the brain.

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Massey researcher leads team to improve data reporting of meningioma treatment outcomes nationwide

A new study led by VCU Massey Cancer Center physician-researcher Leland Rogers, M.D., found that clinical trials to treat the most common primary brain tumor, meningioma, lack uniform guidelines for how physicians should determine whether treatment is effective at shrinking the tumor. The study was published in the Journal of Neurosurgery.

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Massey, Tricycle Gardens bring fresh produce to cancer patients

Research continues to show that proper nutrition plays an important role in cancer prevention and control. To help provide cancer patients access to fresh vegetables, VCU Massey Cancer Center has partnered with Richmond-based urban farm Tricycle Gardens to establish a monthly farm stand outside of Massey’s Dalton Oncology Clinic. Additionally, a grant from the McKesson Foundation allows eligible SNAP/EBT participants to receive $2 worth of produce for every $1 of benefits spent on the farm stand produce.

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Massey researcher leads task force to develop first guidelines for evaluating and treating children with thyroid cancer

VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU endocrinologist Gary Francis, M.D., Ph.D., recently led a task force commissioned by the American Thyroid Association (ATA) to develop a set of guidelines for evaluating and treating children with thyroid nodules and cancer. The newly issued guidelines are the first and only set of recommendations aimed at managing patients 18 years of age and younger with thyroid tumors and will provide the best practice standards for diagnosing and treating pediatric thyroid cancer.

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