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VCU Massey Cancer Center

2014 Archive

Few women at high risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer are receiving recommended genetic counseling

Genetic counselor Heather Creswick and student posing as patient

A new study by VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers finds a critical gap between women eligible for genetic counseling services due to a high familial risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer and those who actually receive it. 

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Doctoral student crosses disciplines to develop a new therapy for pancreatic cancer

David Durrant, doctoral candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

David Durrant is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the VCU School of Medicine. With guidance from Rakesh Kukreja, M.S., Ph.D., he is making significant progress testing a new combination therapy for pancreatic cancer, and many in the field of pharmacology are taking notice. 

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Cathy J. Bradley named associate director for cancer prevention and control

Cathy Bradley

Cathy J. Bradley, Ph.D., has been appointed the associate director for cancer prevention and control at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center.  Bradley transitions to this new role from her previous appointment as co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at Massey.

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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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