African-American patient makes history; raises important discussion about minority participation in clinical trials
As the nation celebrates Black History Month in February, VCU Massey Cancer Center celebrates cancer patients who are making history. African-American Junius Hayes is one of them, helping medical researchers to pioneer new treatments for cancer. Hayes was the first patient in the United States to participate in a clinical trial to test a biodegradable balloon that, when inflated, would allow for more targeted radiation treatment of prostate cancer with less damage to the healthy areas surrounding the prostate.
Together with CHoR, Massey is first in Virginia to receive advanced certification for palliative care
Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) have jointly earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for their palliative care programs, making them the first and only certified palliative care programs in Virginia. Palliative care provides specialized, multidisciplinary care for patients with serious illnesses, including but not limited to cancer, by addressing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
Finding hope in the face of cancer
The “Life and Love After Cancer” campaign is intended to lift the spirits of the cancer community by sharing inspirational stories submitted by real people who are embracing their second chance at life. Through a mix of digital, social and traditional media, including billboards and print, TV, radio and online banner ads, the campaign encourages survivors to share how they’re loving life after cancer by submitting their stories and photos at lifeandloveaftercancer.com.
VCU Massey physicians listed among Best Doctors in America®
Best Doctors Inc. has named 12 physicians from the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center to the 2013 list of Best Doctors in America®. These physicians are among 5 percent of the doctors in America selected by their peers of more than 45,000 physicians. Doctors are evaluated based on their credentials, clinical activity and accessibility to existing or new patients.
Palliative Care on Wheels brings joy to patients
If you have ever visited VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Thomas Palliative Care Unit, you have likely seen the effort nurses and staff make to provide a unique, home-like atmosphere for patients and their loved ones. With that effort in mind, palliative care nurse manager Clareen Wiencek, Ph.D., adopted the idea of Palliative Care on Wheels. With funds provided by the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals (MCVH) Auxiliary, the palliative care unit developed a cart full of materials for activities that would offer comfort to patients and their families, as well as tools for the nurses to enhance care.