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Six Massey physicians earn 2013 Best Bedside Manner recognition

Our Health Richmond Bedside Manner

In the December 2013 issue of Our Health Richmond magazine, six Massey physicians were recognized for their kindness, empathy and attentiveness when working with patients. These inaugural Best Bedside Manner Awards seek to recognize professionals who incorporate compassionate care into their practice.

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Scientists uncover new target for brain cancer treatment

Keggleman Fisher Das

A new study is giving researchers hope that novel targeted therapies can be developed for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and most aggressive form of brain cancer, after demonstrating for the first time that a gene known as melanoma differentiation associated gene-9/syntenin (mda-9/syntenin) is a driving force behind the disease’s aggressive and invasive nature.

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Researchers hope newly discovered gene interaction could lead to novel cancer therapies

Paul Fisher at his desk.

Scientists from Virginia Commonwealth University have revealed how two genes interact to kill a wide range of cancer cells. Originally discovered by the study’s lead investigator Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D., the genes known as mda-7/IL-24 and SARI could potentially be harnessed to treat both primary and metastatic forms of brain, breast, colon, lung, ovary, prostate, skin and other cancers.

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Massey researcher Steven Grant to play key role at prestigious international cancer research conference

Steven Grant, M.D.

VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Steven Grant, M.D., was recently selected to serve as chairperson of the Small Molecule Therapeutic Agents Section of the Molecular Therapeutics Subcommittee of the Program Committee for the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) 2014 Annual Meeting.

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Mercedes' story

Thanks to care at Massey, Mercedes is able to continue being the same mom to her children.

Mercedes was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on May 1, 2013. Prior to her diagnosis, she was a very active wife and mother of a four-year-old and an 11-month-old. "My perspective on life has changed greatly since being diagnosed. I’ve learned that life is short and you must live every day to the fullest. I now realize that I can’t control everything and that patience is a virtue. My friends and family are my life, and surrounding myself with them has made this journey easier to navigate."

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