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Top 5 blog posts 1. Targeted viral therapy destroys breast cancer stem cells in preclinical experiments

A promising new treatment for breast cancer being developed at Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine has been shown in cell culture and in animal models to selectively kill cancer stem cells at the original tumor site and in distant metastases with no toxic effects on healthy cells, including normal stem cells. Continue reading →

2. Drug combination therapy causes cancer cells to “eat themselves”

Results from a recent preclinical study have shown that a new drug combination therapy being developed at Massey Cancer Center effectively killed colon, liver, lung, kidney, breast and brain cancer cells while having little effect on noncancerous cells. The results lay the foundation for researchers to plan a future phase 1 clinical trial to test the safety of the therapy in a small group of patients. Continue reading →

3. From head to toe: how to perform a skin self-exam

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. Fortunately, you can significantly reduce your risk of skin cancer  by limiting your skin’s exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds. Skin cancer is also treatable when found early. Continue reading →

4. 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 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. Continue reading →

5. Massey rated the top cancer center in Virginia by U.S. News

As reported in the July issue, U.S. News & World Report rated Massey Cancer Center the top hospital in Virginia providing high-performing cancer care in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list. Rated the No. 1 hospital overall at the top of all 127 Virginia and 21 Richmond metropolitan hospitals is VCU Medical Center, which includes Massey’s oncology patient care. Continue reading →

 

Written by: Kimberly Lammi

Posted on: December 18, 2013

Category: Center news & funding