African-American patient makes history; raises important discussion about minority participation in clinical trials
As the nation celebrates Black History Month in February, VCU Massey Cancer Center celebrates cancer patients who are making history. African-American Junius Hayes is one of them, helping medical researchers to pioneer new treatments for cancer. Hayes was the first patient in the United States to participate in a clinical trial to test a biodegradable balloon that, when inflated, would allow for more targeted radiation treatment of prostate cancer with less damage to the healthy areas surrounding the prostate.
Experimental drug combination selectively destroys lymphoma cells
Laboratory experiments conducted by scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center suggest that a novel combination of the drugs ibrutinib and bortezomib could potentially be an effective new therapy for several forms of blood cancer, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).
Massey debunks common cancer myths for World Cancer Day
February 4, 2013 is World Cancer Day. This global initiative by the Union for International Cancer Control aims to unite the world together in the fight against cancer by educating and raising awareness. VCU Massey Cancer Center is taking part in this initiative by debunking the following common cancer myths:
Together with CHoR, Massey is first in Virginia to receive advanced certification for palliative care
Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) have jointly earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for their palliative care programs, making them the first and only certified palliative care programs in Virginia. Palliative care provides specialized, multidisciplinary care for patients with serious illnesses, including but not limited to cancer, by addressing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
Five tips for maintaining a healthy weight
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), more than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritiously and staying physically active. As January marks the start of new beginnings, here are five tips to help you keep your healthy weight resolutions this year.