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Educational videos help cancer patients become familiar with radiation therapy

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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.

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout cancer survivorship enhances quality of life

Healthy lifestyle scale

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.

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Veteran survives two wars and advanced stage esophageal cancer

Alan Daugherty

Hopewell military veteran Alan Daugherty survived Desert Storm and Vietnam, but little did he know that he was also battling another war: cancer. In August 2012, he was told that he had advanced stage esophageal cancer. “I was taken by surprise, I had no symptoms, no warning,” he explained.

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Cancer resources now more easily accessible in Southern Virginia

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Resources and programs for the cancer community are now easier to find and access in Southern Virginia thanks to the new Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia in Lawrenceville. The purpose of the Resource Center is to facilitate the availability of local, state and national cancer programs and resources to individuals living within the southern regions of the state. It will identify the specific needs and services that are of the greatest help to area residents affected by cancer through the guidance of a Cancer Task Force that it plans to develop with local cancer care providers, cancer community organizations, health district leaders and Saint Paul’s College.

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Massey postdoctoral scholar presents at research colloquium

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‌VCU Massey Cancer Center postdoctoral scholar Upneet Kaur Sokhi, Ph.D., recently presented her research findings at the 41st John C. Forbes Graduate Student Research Colloquium. She was one of nearly a dozen Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to present their research, which ranged from cancer to the neuronal control of appetite. 

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