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Massey post-doctoral student recognized for his research at annual Women’s Health Research Day

Akimitsu Yamada

Akimitsu Yamada, Ph.D., a VCU Massey Cancer Center post-doctoral student was recently recognized for his research at the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health Ninth Annual Women’s Health Research Day, a networking opportunity celebrating and promoting excellence in interdisciplinary women’s health research. Yamada’s poster, “Human breast cancers that co-express sphingosine kinase 1 and ABCC1 have significant shorter disease free survival,” received the Elizabeth Fries Young Investigator Award. 

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Hometown healthcare heroes at Massey

In the May 2013 issue of Our Health Richmond magazine, Massey staff members Donna Cox, John McCarty, Ellie Coyne and Mandy Gatesman were recognized as “Hometown Healthcare Heroes.” The winners were selected by a panel of community members based on their community involvement, dedication to the field of healthcare and commitment to improve services and procedures.

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Clinical trials seek to enhance the treatments and quality of life for melanoma patients

Andrew Poklepovic, M.D., is leading two clinical trials for melanoma at Massey. One trial studies the effects of investigational drug ipilimumab, a biological agent that has been shown to have anti-tumor activity in advanced (stage 4) melanoma, versus FDA-approved drug interferon alpha-2b, which has been shown to reduce the risk of melanoma returning in a portion of patients. The other clinical trial is a phase 2 study that tests a combination therapy of experimental drugs on patients who have a genetic mutation called B-Raf gene (BRAF V600E).

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From head to toe: how to perform a skin self-exam

Skin with magnifying glass for blog

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. Skin cancer is also treatable when found early. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to perform a skin self-exam, which is best done in a well-lit room in front of a full-length mirror. Consider asking another person to help you with the exam, especially for those hard-to-see areas like your back and scalp.

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Answers to burning questions about sunscreen

Sunscreen SPF coverage graph

One way to determine what SPF is best for you is by using the following equation: Minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number = maximum sun exposure time. Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun in order to allow it time to absorb into your skin. It should also be applied generously and at least every two hours, or more often if you are swimming or perspiring.

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