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Palliative Care on Wheels brings joy to patients

Members of the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals (MCVH) Auxiliary came together to provide Massey’s palliative care unit with a cart full of activities to comfort patients and their families.

If you have ever visited VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Thomas Palliative Care Unit, you have likely seen the effort nurses and staff make to provide a unique, home-like atmosphere for patients and their loved ones. With that effort in mind, palliative care nurse manager Clareen Wiencek, Ph.D., adopted the idea of Palliative Care on Wheels. With funds provided by the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals (MCVH) Auxiliary, the palliative care unit developed a cart full of materials for activities that would offer comfort to patients and their families, as well as tools for the nurses to enhance care.

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Researchers look to mathematics, nature, to understand the immune system and its role in cancer

Can the patterns in tree branches or the meandering bends in a river provide clues that could lead to better cancer therapies? According to a new study from Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, these self-similar, repeating patterns in nature known as fractals help scientists better understand how the immune system is organized and may one day be used to help improve stem cell transplant outcomes in leukemia patients by predicting the probability of transplant complications.

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New cancer "vaccine" shows future promise in treating and preventing metastatic cancers

Preclinical, laboratory studies suggest a novel immunotherapy could potentially work like a vaccine against metastatic cancers, according to scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center. Results from a recent study show the therapy could treat metastatic cancers and be used in combination with current cancer therapies while helping to prevent the development of new metastatic tumors and train specialized immune system cells to guard against cancer relapse.

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Cancer prevention and control a commitment at Massey

The Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center brings together a diverse group of health services and behavioral scientists with clinicians to study behavioral, policy, organizational and environmental factors that affect cancer risk, diagnosis, treatment and survival. The CPC program is currently leading many community- and patient-based initiatives aimed at educating and raising awareness to prevent and control cancer. The following are a few recent examples.

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Massey named one of nation's 100 great oncology programs

Becker's Hospital Review has included VCU Massey Cancer Center in its list of "100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs." According to its Web site, "These hospitals are on the cutting edge of cancer treatment, prevention and research, and the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected them based on clinical accolades, quality care and contributions to the field of oncology."

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