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Massey researchers find link between cancer gene and obesity

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers have discovered that a gene known to cause cancer also may play a role in determining if someone becomes obese.

Recent discoveries suggest that the gene Astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) could even be controlled with certain therapies to prevent or reverse obesity and obesity-related cancers.

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Massey researcher part of global scientific task force that found linkages between mixtures of commonly encountered chemicals and the development of cancer

A global scientific task force involving VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Masoud Manjili, Ph.D., found that combinations of chemicals encountered every day in our air, food and water can lead to the development of cancer. Assembled by an NGO called “Getting to Know Cancer,” the task force consisted of 174 total scientists from prominent institutions in 28 countries who collaborated to tackle longstanding concerns over the linkages between mixtures of commonly encountered chemicals and the development of cancer.

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Massey researcher selected as national leader for large-scale NCI clinical trial

Known as the NCI-MATCH trial – National Cancer Institute Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice Program, the study will consist of numerous small, phase 2 trials that will examine solid tumors and lymphomas that no longer respond to standard treatment and have begun to grow. Next-generation DNA sequencing will be administered on tumor biopsies from as many as 3,000 patients nationwide to determine the cell’s “broken” mechanism and, therefore, what is causing the cancer growth.

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Common antibiotic part of a promising potential pancreatic cancer therapy

Paul Fisher and Bridget Quinn

Despite surgical advances, pancreatic cancer continues to be one of the most deadly and difficult cancers to manage due to a lack of effective therapies. However, VCU Massey Cancer Center and VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM) scientists in the lab of Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D., are hoping to change that with a novel combination of an experimental drug and a common antibiotic that has shown promising results in preclinical experiments. 

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Massey researcher leads team to improve data reporting of meningioma treatment outcomes nationwide

A new study led by VCU Massey Cancer Center physician-researcher Leland Rogers, M.D., found that clinical trials to treat the most common primary brain tumor, meningioma, lack uniform guidelines for how physicians should determine whether treatment is effective at shrinking the tumor. The study was published in the Journal of Neurosurgery.

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