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New therapy for blood cancers developed

Clinical researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center have successfully completed a phase 1 clinical trial evaluating a combination of the drugs Bortezomib and Alvocidib in patients with relapsed or refractory blood cancers, paving the way for a phase 2 clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of the new therapy.

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Massey physicians recognized as Top Docs by Richmond Magazine

Physicians at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center were reported as “Top Docs” in Richmond Magazine’s April 2011 issue. Honored with this recognition were 24 of Massey’s doctors. These selections were the result of a survey that asked Richmond-area physicians whom they would recommend in a range of specialties. Several of Massey’s doctors appeared in more than one category.

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VCU Massey Cancer Center recognized by U.S. News as Richmond’s only nationally ranked cancer care provider

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center provides the only nationally ranked cancer care in Richmond, Va., according to U.S. News & World Report. For the first time, U.S. News ranked the hospitals in America’s 52 largest metropolitan areas. Ranking at the top of all 20 hospitals in the Richmond metro area is VCU Medical Center, which includes Massey’s oncology patient care.

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Clinical trial shows benefit to adding Avastin to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients

Amid the controversy surrounding the Food and Drug Administration’s ruling that Avastin should no longer be used to treat metastatic breast cancer, a new multinational phase 3 clinical trial shows that Avastin significantly increased tumor response rates in breast cancer patients when given before surgery.

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VCU Massey improves radiation oncology for all veterans

Michael Hagan, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of radiation oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and a Vietnam veteran, leads the VA Radiation Oncology program. Hagan had been serving as chief of radiation oncology at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia for 12 years, continuing a Massey-VA partnership established in 1989 in which Massey provides a full spectrum of cancer care for Central Virginia’s veterans, including access to cutting-edge clinical trials. Hagan has been at the helm of the program since. “The Radiation Oncology Program was created to develop policies, guidelines and procedures to ensure that veterans are treated with radiation as safely and effectively as possible,” says Hagan.

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