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New Research on Employment-Based Insurance Sheds Light on Health Care Reform

Men with employment-contingent health insurance (ECHI) who suffer a health shock, such as a cancer diagnosis or hospitalization, are more likely to feel “locked” into remaining at work and are at greater risk for losing their insurance during this critical time as compared to men who are on their spouse’s insurance plan or on private insurance plans, according to a new study by Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center.

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Research breakthrough could halt melanoma metastasis

In laboratory experiments, scientists have eliminated metastasis, the spread of cancer from the original tumor to other parts of the body, in melanoma by inhibiting a protein known as melanoma differentiation associated gene-9 (mda-9)/syntenin. More than 1 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S., and melanoma is the deadliest form. With further research, the approach used by the scientists could lead to targeted therapies that stop metastasis in melanoma and potentially a broad range of additional cancers.

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Latina photo voice exhibit opens at Richmond City Hall

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center is presenting a three-dimensional visual exhibit at Richmond City Hall illustrating the personal experiences of Latina breast cancer survivors. The exhibit is the product of a photo voice research project developed by VCU Massey Cancer Center in partnership with Nueva Vida, a support network for Latina women with cancer, and other community partners to give voice to the unique challenges and experiences of Latina women in the United States who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Physician-researcher receives 2012 Alliance Research Grant

VCU Massey Cancer Center hematologist-oncologist Beata Holkova, M.D., was recently awarded an Alliance Research Grant to support her work involving drug combinations to battle B-cell lymphomas. The grant was presented at this year’s Alliance Group Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Holkova is a Harrison Endowed Scholar and member of the Developmental Therapeutics research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center and assistant professor of hematology-oncology and internal medicine at the VCU School of Medicine.

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Massey partners to bring health information service to Petersburg library

Petersburg residents can now access current and accurate health information at their local library. The Petersburg Healthy Living and Learning Center at the Petersburg Central Library hosted a grand opening on October 1, 2012, in conjunction with National Health Literacy Month. The Center is the result of a partnership among the Library, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and Crater Health District.

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