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Integrative health myths & facts: lavender & cancer

Lavender is a flower native to the Mediterranean area.  The name comes from the Latin “lavare” which means “to wash.” Lavender has been used in many folk medicine traditions for anxiety, insomnia, depression, as an antiseptic, for headaches and much more. But is there any evidence to show lavender’s effectiveness for cancer patients?  

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Spirituality and Cancer

Results from a survey recently conducted at VCU Massey Cancer Center indicated that spirituality was the number one integrative health topic in which patients are interested. Exactly what is meant by spirituality? Different things for different people, it turns out. Even though spirituality and religion are sometimes used interchangeably, they can have very different meanings for different people. 

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Massey researcher finds better risk management of opioid abuse needed among cancer patients

Opioid addiction is an epidemic in the U.S. and other developed nations, and cancer patients are at even greater risk. Opioids are commonly prescribed to control cancer pain, and VCU Massey Cancer Center Palliative Care Director Egidio Del Fabbro, M.D., says more should be done to identify the potential for abuse and addiction among cancer patients.

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How an aquarium pet became a scientific star in childhood cancer research

Seth Corey, M.D., M.P.H., joined VCU Massey Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) in October 2015 as the chief of the Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation in the Department of Pediatrics. He is also the inaugural Children’s Hospital Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research, which is funded by a large grant from Children’s Hospital Foundation and a gift from Connor’s Heroes. Additionally, he is the co-leader of Massey’s Cancer Molecular Genetics research program and a professor of pediatrics and microbiology/immunology at the VCU School of Medicine. A board-certified pediatric oncologist and cancer researcher, Corey specializes in leukemias, bone marrow failure, and stem cell transplantation.

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VCU’s cancer research on display at Massey’s annual Research Retreat

VCU Massey Cancer Center’s annual Cancer Research Retreat received an exceptional response despite following on the heels of one of the strongest storms Richmond has experienced in years. The gloomy weather did not hamper the bright scientific discussion emanating from the morning’s lectures and the afternoon’s poster session. 

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