On Dec. 6, 2007, Connie Madison was shocked to learn that she had stage III pancreatic cancer. Madison’s daughter-in-law, Heather, quickly discovered that VCU Massey Cancer Center is one of only a handful of cancer centers in the nation that offers a specialized clinical trial for pancreatic cancer.
Micky Hale Smith
I am the first person in my family to have breast cancer. It was discovered during my annual mammogram and was quite a shock. Cancer would have been unwelcome news under any circumstances, but I was within two months of completing my graduate degree and didn’t want to get off track.
Several months and numerous exams, X-rays and CT scans later, Rebecca was referred to an orthopaedic oncologist at VCU Massey Cancer Center who quickly diagnosed her with radiation-induced osteosarcoma – a tumor in her bone that had likely developed as a long-term effect of the high dose of radiation she received as a child.