Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Bob Holdsworth

Bob found that after successfully completing cancer treatment at Massey, his desire to live life to the fullest was a powerful motivator to regain his fitness: "It sounds trite, but the smell of flowers, the sunrise, it all takes on a new dimension after cancer, and I don’t want to take it for granted." This renewed sense of life led Bob to Africa to fulfill dreams of seeing the pyramids in Egypt and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The grueling eight-day climb brought him to the summit in time to ring in New Year’s Day, five years after surviving cancer.

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Connie Madison

Connie was shocked when she learned that she had stage III pancreatic cancer. Her daughter-in-law, Heather, quickly discovered that Massey was one of only a handful of cancer centers in the nation that offered a specialized clinical trial for pancreatic cancer.

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Micky Hale Smith

"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. Being on the clinical [trial] provided a [treatment] schedule that was less disruptive to my other goals and commitments and also gave me the opportunity to provide data that could be of benefit to subsequent patients. The clinical team worked hard to help me attain my graduation goal. I’m so glad to have received my care downtown at Massey. It was easy to get to, and the free valet parking was very helpful. The culture was warm and friendly."

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