Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Research programs

VCU Massey Cancer Center has been designated by the National Cancer Institute since 1974 because of our scientific excellence in cancer research and our vital role in reducing cancer morbidity and mortality. We are one of only two centers in the state with this designation.

Our scientists conduct lab and clinical research to discover better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Nearly 130 of these researchers are faculty from 22 VCU academic departments. They collaborate on research in five key programs:

  • Cancer Cell Signaling – identifying key signaling pathways that contribute to cancer
  • Cancer Molecular Genetics – investigating genetic and epigenetic changes that underlie the molecular and cellular events contributing to cancer development and progression and using this information to develop new target-based therapies for cancer
  • Cancer Prevention and Control – developing basic and applied research programs in behavioral, social and population sciences to create or enhance interventions that reduce cancer risk, incidence, morbidity and mortality, and enhance quality of life
  • Developmental Therapeutics – exploring cancer therapeutics, identifying molecular targets, assessing the molecular genetic profiles of tumors and translating these findings into the development of novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of cancer
  • Radiation Biology and Oncology – examining effects of radiation on tumor cells at the molecular level to determine radioresistance and how to optimally deliver radiation to more effectively treat cancer.