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New technology could detect liver cancer from a simple blood sample

New technology from ApoCell, Inc. that can detect liver cancer cells circulating in a patient’s bloodstream may remove the need for potentially dangerous liver biopsies, be used as a screening tool and, ultimately, speed up drug development, according to a pilot study presented this week by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center researcher Andrew Poklepovic, M.D., at the AACR Annual Meeting 2012 in Chicago, IL.

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New compound discovered that rapidly kills liver cancer

Scientists have identified a new compound that rapidly kills hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, the most common form of liver cancer and fifth most common cancer worldwide, while sparing healthy tissue. The compound, Factor Qunolinone Inhibitor 1 (FQI1), works by inhibiting an oncogene originally discovered by a team of researchers led by Devanand Sarkar, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Harrison Scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center, Blick Scholar and assistant professor in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics and member of the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine at VCU School of Medicine.

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Resources for the cancer community now more easily accessible in Southside Virginia

Consumer health information and resources for the cancer community are now easier to find and access in Southside Virginia thanks to the new Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia (Resource Center). The Resource Center's mission is to facilitate the availability of local, state and national cancer programs and resources to individuals living within the southern regions of the Commonwealth. It identifies the specific needs and services that are of the greatest help to residents affected by cancer through the guidance of a Cancer Task Force composed of local cancer care providers, cancer community organizations and health district leaders - all in partnership with Virginia's leading cancer resource, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center (VCU Massey). Located in Danville, the Resource Center supports the findings of a cancer needs assessment conducted of several local health districts by VCU Massey. The Resource Center is supported by VCU Massey through a grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

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Study finds patients receive half of recommended preventive health services at annual check-ups

More than 20 percent of U.S. adults receive periodic health examinations (PHE) each year, yet new research shows that patients who have an annual routine visit to their doctor may not receive recommended preventive screening tests and counseling services that could benefit their health. Recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a study performed by a team of researchers led by Jennifer Elston Lafata, Ph.D., co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center and professor of Social and Behavioral Health at VCU, found that 46 percent of eligible and due services were missed during PHEs.

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Massey brings lesson plans to life

VCU Massey Cancer Center's Goodwin Research Laboratory recently served as a real-world classroom for local high school students learning about cancer research.  Two dozen freshman biology students from Henrico High School's International Baccalaureate program were given a rare first-hand look at cancer cells and research labs and the unique opportunity to interact with some of the country's top research scientists.

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