HPV and cancer: what you may not know
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 79 million Americans are currently infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) and about 14 million people will become newly infected each year. The CDC goes on to say that “HPV is so common, nearly all sexually- active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.” As a growing epidemic, HPV is not only the most common sexually transmitted infection, but also a rising cancer causer.
Biodegradable implant may lessen side effects of radiation to treat prostate cancer
Several years ago, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center became the first center in the United States to test an Israeli-invented device designed to increase the space between the prostate and the rectum in prostate cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. Now, results from the international Phase I clinical trial show that the device has the potential to significantly reduce rectal injury, a side effect caused by unwanted radiation exposure that can leave men with compromised bowel function following treatment.
Charles Geyer named associate director for clinical research
Charles Edward Geyer, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P., has been named associate director for clinical research at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and a professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care, Department of Internal Medicine, at the VCU School of Medicine, effective June 1, 2013.
Educational videos help cancer patients become familiar with radiation therapy
Each year, approximately one million cancer patients undergo radiation therapy and yet many have very little understanding of how it works or what to expect. Now, a pilot study conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center suggests that educational videos shown before the patients’ initial consultation with their radiation oncologist can significantly boost their understanding of the planning and treatment process.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout cancer survivorship enhances quality of life
Each phase of survivorship has a unique set of obstacles, but one issue is important throughout: maintaining a healthy lifestyle. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), more than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices, such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritiously, staying physically active, avoiding tobacco and limiting alcohol consumption.