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Massey researcher penned most-cited review article of 2014 in world’s leading cancer journal

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Cancer Research is one of the most influential cancer journals, publishing original studies, reviews and opinion pieces on preclinical, clinical, prevention and epidemiologic cancer research. It is also the most cited cancer journal in the world, so it was a great honor when the editor recently informed VCU Massey Cancer Center scientist David Gewirtz, Ph.D., that his February 2014 manuscript, “The Four Faces of Autophagy,” was the most highly cited Cancer Research review article published in 2014. 

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Massey renews its accreditation for high-quality breast cancer care

VCU Massey Cancer Center recently renewed its accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) through the American College of Surgeons for another full, three-year term. 

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Expert advice for better colorectal cancer prevention and detection

Did you know that obesity and a sedentary lifestyle combined are the second leading cause of cancer after tobacco use? According to Khalid Matin, M.D., F.A.C.P., a medical oncologist  specializing in the treatment of colorectal cancer at VCU Massey Cancer Center, lifesyle factors such as diet and exercise play an important role in preventing most cancers, especially colon and rectal cancers, which  together are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. 

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Massey partners with Art on Wheels to launch world record honoring those affected by cancer

VCU Massey Cancer Center has teamed up with Art on Wheels, a Richmond nonprofit that brings comprehensive art programming to local communities with limited access to the arts, to create the world's largest collagraph (an inked and printed object) using donated clothing to represent individuals affected by cancer.

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VCU scientists develop computer models simulating stem cell transplant recovery

Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University have developed computer models that can simulate the recovery of the immune system in patients undergoing stem cell transplants. In two recent studies, they reinforce the potential of using DNA sequencing and computer modeling to predict which stem cell transplant recipients might suffer complications such as graft-versus-host-disease, a condition where the donor’s immune system attacks the recipient’s body. The studies build upon prior research by scientists at VCU Massey Cancer Center, the VCU Center for the Study of Biological Complexity and VCU’s Department of Psychiatry and Statistical Genomics that found evidence that the immune system may be modeled as a dynamical system.  

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