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2014 Archive

Scientists pinpoint protein that could improve small cell lung cancer therapies

Approximately 15 percent of all lung cancers are small cell lung cancers, which grow rapidly and often develop resistance to chemotherapy. However, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center have revealed new insights into the mechanisms leading to this resistance that may lead to improved therapies. 

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Environmental exposures and cancer risk

Most people think of forests, parks or even city streets when they hear the word “environment,” but scientists define environment as everything outside the body that enters and interacts with the inside of the body. Some of these outside exposures have been linked to increased cancer risk. 

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And the award goes to…

Once again, numerous VCU Massey Cancer Center physicians were recognized as “Top Docs” in Richmond Magazine’s April 2014 issue. The list included 20 doctors from multiple specialties who provide care to Massey’s patients. The selections were the result of a survey that asked Richmond-area physicians who they would recommend in a range of specialties. The following Massey physicians were named as top performers in their respective categories.

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Researchers uncover allergy-cancer connection

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While many are stocking up on allergy medicine in preparation for spring, a new study from researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center has uncovered a new connection between allergy and cancer that could potentially lead to therapies involving common antihistamines.

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VCU welcomes new clinical research services executive director

Fredika A. Robertson, Ph.D., has joined Virginia Commonwealth University as its new executive director of Clinical Research Services (CRS) for the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR). She is also a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in the VCU School of Medicine and a member of the Developmental Therapeutics research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center.

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