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Expert Q&A on immunotherapy with Giao Q. Phan

Former President Jimmy Carter announced this week that he is cancer free after undergoing a cutting-edge approach to cancer treatment known as immunotherapy. Massey surgical oncologist and member of the Developmental Therapeutics research program Giao Q. Phan, M.D., F.A.C.S., specializes in immunotherapy and sat down to answer some questions on the subject.

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Twitter chat on Cancer Health Disparities

Andrew Barnes, Ph.D.

Recently, the National Cancer Institute hosted a Twitter chat entitled, “A Holistic Approach to Addressing Cancer Health Disparities.” The discussion focused on accelerating progress in research to address this serious public health issue, and VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher, Andrew Barnes, Ph.D., a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at Massey and assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy, weighed in as the moderator posed a series of questions. 

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Dethroning lung cancer: How Massey is working to improve survival of the deadliest form of cancer

Richmond’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, VCU Massey Cancer Center is discovering new and better ways to prevent, detect and treat lung cancer. It will take new, innovative treatments, early detection and an eye toward prevention to save lives, and our doctors and researchers are stepping up to the challenge in a variety of ways. 

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Does smoking hookahs cause DNA changes that increase cancer risk?

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently awarded funding to support a collaboration between Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) researchers to study cancer biomarkers associated with hookah smoking, otherwise known as waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS).  At question is whether hookah smoking causes DNA changes that increase cancer risk. The results of the study will be used to inform public health policy in the U.S., Jordan and other countries where WTS is prevalent. 

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The Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia in Lawrenceville Moves to New Location

The Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia has moved to new location that is more central to Lawrenceville area cancer patients, survivors and their families and caregivers. After two and a half years at Saint Paul’s College, the Center now resides in the former Bloom Building at 221 N. Main Street.

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