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VCU Massey Cancer Center

VCU Massey Cancer Center is making headlines locally and globally for its renown in leading and shaping the fight against cancer. Check out Massey's most recent press coverage and monthly summaries of news clippings below.

Recent press coverage

Innovative Genetic Test Gives New Hope to Cancer Patients, November 19, 2014
It can be devastating for anyone to hear the words "you have cancer," but what if you could take drugs tailored to your DNA, drugs that can buy you precious time? Donna Sarver is living to share her journey, despite being diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in December 2011.

VCU Massey Cancer Center Performs Next-Generation Genome Sequencing For Cancer Treatment, November 6, 2014
Two years ago, Donna Sarver could barely breathe. The 48-year old wife and mother had two tumors in her lungs that chemo could not diminish. But Donna was referred to the VCU Massey Cancer Center for advanced genomic sequencing, a new treatment that precisely maps her disease and matches that profile with available treatments.

VCU Researcher Develops Cancer Literacy Test Device To Help Doctors, Patients, October 31, 2014
This year, the American Cancer Society says 1,665,540 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer, and will have that first meeting with an oncologist to talk about treatment. Fransica Alvarado is on oncology nurse information specialist with the American Cancer Society, who has just written an article about that first meeting.

Self-exams and check-ups are key to maintaining breast health, October 6, 2014
With Breast Cancer Awareness Month in full swing, Dr. Gilda Cardenosa, Director of VCU Breast Imaging, stopped by the studio to stress the importance of monthly breast self-exams and professional checkups, as well as a couple of events regarding breast health.

The Dream Team: Specialists join together to fight breast cancer, October 1, 2014
For Antoinette Taylor-Draper, the benefit of an aggressive, multidisciplinary approach to treating her breast cancer has been life saving.

Chesterfield hair stylist offers free services to breast cancer survivors, October 6, 2014
Sharon Whitting is a breast cancer survivor. She has beaten back cancer four times. The life-saving chemotherapy she underwent left her bedridden and without hair.

‘Angelina Effect’ boosts breast cancer referrals, study finds, September 23, 2014
The so-called ”Angelina effect” may have led more women with family histories of breast cancer to undergo counseling and gene testing, according to a new study.

Healing through laughter, August 1, 2014
Massey patient, Kim McGaughey, is fighting her second bout of cervical cancer with the help of her friends and their themed "chemo parties."

Young mother battles rare form of cancer, July 25, 2014
23 year-old Massey patient, Katelyn Cox, is fighting a rare form of cancer with the support of friends, family and local businesses.

Cancer-stricken teen receives help from community, May 18, 2014
Massey patient Alexis Quance was interviewed about her cancer journey.

Breaking the Silence: Pancreatic Cancer, May 1, 2014
Steven Grossman, M.D., Ph.D., and Brian Kaplan, M.D., were expert contributors for a piece about pancreatic cancer that also featured a Massey patient.

New Study Results: Calmare® Pain Device Therapy May Reduce Chemotherapy-Induced Pain Scores by About 30%, April 30, 2014
Results from a study led by Patrick Coyne, M.S.N, A.C.H.P.N., A.C.N.S.-B.C., F.A.A.N., that demonstrated that the Calmare Pain Device Therapy reduced chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy was featured.

VCU helps put smile back on face of oral cancer patient, April 28, 2014
Underwood beat her diagnosis at the Massey Cancer Center and turned to the VCU School of Dentistry to put the smile back on her face.

VCU researchers find treatment link between cancer and allergy medicine, April 24, 2014
Scientists have found a breakthrough in cancer research in an unexpected place. Researchers at VCU's Massey Cancer Center have uncovered a connection between allergies and cancer.

Colon cancer screening saves lives, April 20, 2014
Anita Whitlow had her first colonoscopy last year, and doctors found cancer.

Researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center Discover Anti-histamines May Help Fight Cancer, March 30, 2014
Research by Daniel H. Conrad, Ph.D., that uncovered a new connection between allergy and cancer was featured.

Some Virginians rejected for Obamacare as coverage deadline looms, March 29, 2014
Andrew Barnes, Ph.D., provided expert commentary on how youth are not enrolling in the Affordable Care Act.

Foundation gives $2.1M for VCU cancer research, January 10, 2014
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on a $2.1 million gift from the Grandis family to VCU, which will fund an endowed chair and support lung cancer research at Massey.

Pushing Patients to Seek Value, Whatever That Is, November 19, 2013
Steven Woolf, Ph.D., provided expert commentary on how patients define value in primary care services.

HER2 test recommendations updated, October 25, 2013
Charles Geyer, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P., provided expert commentary on the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the College of American Pathologists’ updated HER2 testing recommendations.

Medicare choices tricky even for med students, doctors, October 15, 2013
VCU assistant professor of health care policy and research Andrew Barnes on Medicare Part D study.

Massey is exploring new ways to win the breast cancer battle, October 5, 2013
The innovative technology, research and doctors leading Massey's breast cancer care.

Courage in the Face of Cancer, August 17, 2013
Blogger reflects on positive and inspiring experiences at Massey.

New Protein Discovery May Help Develop Powerful New Cancer Drugs, August 2, 2013
Dr. Chalfant was interviewed about a new cancer-related protein that he co-discovered.

Miles for mom, June 17, 2013
An interview with Massey fundraiser Briana Kirby discussed her mother's battle with colon cancer.

Monthly media summaries

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