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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

Exclusive: TV Star’s Cancer Battle, January 22, 2016
Actress Danielle Spencer, star of the hit 70s TV show What’s Happening!!, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. Watch as she undergoes a double mastectomy with surgical oncologist Dr. Brian Kaplan.

Doctors and health advocates react to breast cancer screening changes, November 6, 2015
Two weeks after the American Cancer Society (ACS) dropped a bombshell by changing its recommendations on when a woman should get a mammogram, the voice of opposition has only gotten louder and some doctors have started to push back.

In an op-ed, Dr. Cardenosa argues that breast cancer screening guidelines should remain unchanged, October 26, 2015
The news headlines in recent days during this Breast Cancer Awareness Month have included many on a subject that has direct impact on women’s health — screening mammography: “New breast cancer guidelines: screen later, less often” and “The American Cancer Society, in a shift, recommends fewer mammograms.”

Massey helps lead the largest precision oncology clinical trial ever conducted, August 6, 2015
In small labs, big possibilities could be coming in the fight against breast cancer and other cancers.

A True Patient Advocate and Holistic Caregiver, June 16, 2015
I believe that cancer has a way of showing up just when other troubles are present or brewing.

Ovarian suppression therapy may reduce breast cancer recurrence risk, April 12, 2015
Doctors at VCU Massey Cancer Center worked on five-year study involving 25 countries and more than 3,000 women looking at the recurrence of breast cancer in premenopausal women.

Young Henrico mom chose surgery to evade breast cancer, March 29, 2015
The odds were not in Erin Rettig’s favor that she would escape breast cancer, so she had a double mastectomy in November 2012 even though no cancer was present.

After Cancer Diagnosis, Family Caregivers Provide Essential Support, March 19, 2015
An estimated 1.6 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. As patients face diagnosis, treatment and recovery, family members will provide much of the care and support that’s needed.

Learn about colon cancer and new advancements in treatment, February 25, 2015
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Khalid Matin, Medical Oncologist at VCU Massey Cancer Center, visited the studio to talk about why screening for colon cancer is so important and what steps can be taken to minimize a person’s risk for getting it.

Annual event leads to advances in women’s cancer treatments, January 9, 2015
A Central Virginia event, which has raised more than two million dollars over the past 20 years, has helped lead to advances in treating all cancers in women.

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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