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Massey researcher leads task force to develop first guidelines for evaluating and treating children with thyroid cancer

VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU endocrinologist Gary Francis, M.D., Ph.D., recently led a task force commissioned by the American Thyroid Association (ATA) to develop a set of guidelines for evaluating and treating children with thyroid nodules and cancer. The newly issued guidelines are the first and only set of recommendations aimed at managing patients 18 years of age and younger with thyroid tumors and will provide the best practice standards for diagnosing and treating pediatric thyroid cancer.

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Advanced viral gene therapy eradicates prostate cancer in preclinical experiments

Paul Fisher at his desk.

Even with the best available treatments, the median survival of patients with metastatic, hormone-refractory prostate cancer is only two to three years. Driven by the need for more effective therapies for these patients, researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM) have developed a unique approach that uses microscopic gas bubbles to deliver directly to the cancer a viral gene therapy in combination with an experimental drug that targets a specific gene driving the cancer’s growth.

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Chat on colorectal cancer

In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, ABC News National Health hosted a Twitter chat on the subject last week with everyone from clinicians to patients providing commentary. VCU Massey Cancer Center’s medical oncologist Khalid Matin, M.D., F.A.C.P., was able to answer questions and elaborate on the discussion topics posed by the moderator. An expert in gastrointestinal cancers, Matin is also the medical director of community oncology and clinical research affiliations at VCU Massey Cancer Center and an associate professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care in the Department of Internal Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine.

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Chat on the emotional side of healing

The Emotional Side of Healing was the subject of ABC News National Health’s weekly Twitter chat this past week, and patients, caregivers and clinicians were all asked to weigh-in on this area of interest. VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Egidio Del Fabbro, M.D., program director of palliative care, and Danielle Noreika, M.D., medical director of inpatient palliative care services, provided expert commentary as the moderator posed a series of questions and discussion topics. 

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Massey scientists contribute to research involving the latest FDA-approved cancer therapies

VCU Massey Cancer Center doctors and scientists are making important discoveries involving cancer-fighting drugs recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Between August 2013 and July 2014, the FDA approved six new anticancer therapeutics, five of which target the unique molecular and genetic characteristics of an individual’s cancer.

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