Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Patient Care

Why choose Massey?

Our patients choose VCU Massey Cancer Center for two key reasons: the treatment options we provide and the cancer specialists who provide them.

We offer the clinical services and advanced treatment options that are only available at a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center like ours. Massey is one of only two cancer centers in Virginia designated by NCI, and one of only 68 in the United States.

We have hundreds of top cancer specialists serving the needs of our patients. Massey’s clinical and research staff provide a wealth of expertise in cancer diagnosis, treatment, prevention and symptom management.

Winner of the prestigious Circle of Life award, Massey is a recognized leader in palliative care and one of eight Palliative Care Leadership Centers nationwide.

Access to clinical trials

We also offer patients the newest forms of treatment, which are often only available on a study, or clinical trial, basis. Through translational research, our core area of research expertise, we translate our latest laboratory breakthroughs into patient care. Eligible patients may choose to participate in more than 100 clinical trials being offered at any given time.

Treatment by multidisciplinary process

At VCU Massey Cancer Center, our patients are treated by multidisciplinary teams, which consist of a variety of cancer specialists across multiple disciplines. Each team collaborates on every case, ensuring the best possible treatment plan for each individual patient. The patient is evaluated by a group of oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, nurse practitioners, therapists and others, all of whom meet on a regular basis.

Our patients find all the specialists they need in one convenient location. These specialists work closely together to provide highly coordinated care.

Advantages of our multidisciplinary approach include:

  • Multi-specialty consultation in one place, at one time
  • Rapid diagnosis and evaluation for early detection and development of a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Standard treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, hormone and immuno therapies
  • Standard therapies may be combined with state-of-the-art treatment approaches such as minimally invasive ultrasonic laser surgery, microscopic or radio surgery, bone marrow or stem cell transplant, as well as other advanced technologies
  • Opportunities to enroll in clinical trials of promising new treatments and prevention methods
  • Cancer risk evaluation
  • Evaluation for possible cancer recurrence and the need for continued therapy
  • Pain and symptom management and palliative medicine as needed
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Counseling for patients and families  
  • Resources for cancer patients and families