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Letter to a new patient

Photo of Susan Mellette for blog post

Letter to a new patient by Susan J. Mellette, M.D.. In 1960, Susan J. Mellette, M.D., a well-known national and international leader in the field of cancer rehabilitation and cancer education, was appointed as director of the Division of Cancer Studies, an academic unit that was the forerunner of Massey Cancer Center. She retired in 1995 after serving almost 50 years in oncology. She passed away in 2000. Her legacy and tremendous impact on patients will live on forever.

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Procedure reduces pain and discomfort in breast cancer patients

Sentinel Node Biopsy for Blog

In a study of over 750 patients conducted between 2005 and 2010, Huan Vu, M.D., and other surgical oncologists at VCU Massey Cancer Center examined whether injecting radiocolloid in patients under general anesthesia during a surgical biopsy was as reliable in identifying the sentinel lymph nodes as injecting radiocolloid preoperatively, or before surgery. The results of the study showed that giving the injections after patients had been given general anesthesia was just as effective as preoperative injections.

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Ingredient in common kitchen spice turmeric when combined with anti-nausea medication thalidomide effectively kills cancer cells

Turmeric study

In a laboratory, preclinical study recently published by the journal Organic & Biomolecular ChemistryVirginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers combined structural features from anti-nausea drug thalidomide with common kitchen spice turmeric to create hybrid molecules that effectively kill multiple myeloma cells. Scientists found that compounds 5 and 7 exhibited superior cell toxicity compared to curcumin alone or the combination of curcumin and thalidomide. Furthermore, the compounds were found to induce significant multiple myeloma cell death.

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Courage in the face of cancer

Blog by Donna Highfill, writer, coach, humorist and change consultant. Originally published on The Huffington Post on August 17, 2013; reprinted with the author’s permission.

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Massey and VCU Community Memorial Hospital open Southern Virginia’s first radiation treatment center

Photo for blog post on CMH ribbon cutting

Community citizens, healthcare leaders, local politicians and officials gathered at VCU Community Memorial Hospital (VCU CMH) on August 14 for the official grand opening celebration of the Solari Radiation Therapy Center, the first and only radiation therapy center in the Southern Virginia Area. The center is a joint venture between VCU CMH and VCU Massey Cancer Center, who together provide VCU CMH’s Cancer and Specialty Care.

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