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The Five Ws of Gynecologic Cancer

Prevention is key with any cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating healthy and staying active. Every year, more than 80,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. There are five main types of gynecologic cancers: ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. Following is information on risk factors, screening, and care.

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Biophysicist develops nanoscale measurement approaches to understand growth properties of cancer

VCU Massey Cancer Center research member Jason Reed, Ph.D., is a sort of research jack-of-all-trades. He has a broad base of knowledge to pull from – an undergraduate and master’s degrees in physics and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry. While in his doctoral program, he focused on genome analysis of single DNA molecules. Since then, he has focused his research on biological systems – applying imaging approaches that look at how cancer cells grow or how they respond to treatment. Below Reed discusses his ongoing research, where he sees his field headed, and his advice for rising young researchers.


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VCU funding support helps move research forward

In one ongoing study, Rebecca Heise, Ph.D., is looking at how mechanical ventilation influences lung response in elderly patients. By studying lung disease states such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis and ventilator-induced lung injury, Heise and her team hope to one day be able to inform intensive care unit (ICU) physicians how to adjust ventilator setting for the elderly so that no additional injury is caused.

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Wang awarded NCI grant to study tumor recurrence after radiation therapy

Xiang-Yang (Shawn) Wang, Ph.D.

Xiang-Yang (Shawn) Wang, Ph.D., was recently awarded a $316,438 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to support his studies of tumor recurrence after radiation therapy (RT). The grant was funded after a Massey pilot project discovered preliminary data that established a previously unrecognized feature of an innate receptor in host-tumor interaction during radiotherapy.

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Arthur awarded endowed chair

Left to right: Sheldon M. Retchin, Mitchell S. Anscher, Douglas Arthur, and Gordon Ginder.

Douglas Arthur, MD, associate director for clinical affairs and vice chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, has been awarded the Natalie N. and John R. Congdon, Sr. Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, in recognition of his significant, ongoing contributions to VCU Massey Cancer Center’s research mission.

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