Thomas Bland learned only learned he had an aggressive form of kidney cancer after he was rushed to the hospital for injuries sustained during a car accident. After standard therapy failed, his doctor turned to a form of immunotherapy known as a checkpoint inhibitor. Now, Mr. Bland is the first stage 4 sarcomatoid kidney cancer patient to be cured of the disease.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and as such it allows us to pause and reflect on the great progress that has been made in the ongoing battle against the disease and the hope that exists for patients. Looking back 100 years, lung cancer was actually considered a rare disease...
Lung cancer is currently the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women, claiming more lives annually than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. The American Cancer Society estimates that in Virginia there will more than 3,800 deaths due to lung cancer in 2017. To help reverse these trends and improve lung cancer survivorship through early detection, VCU Health and VCU Massey Cancer Center have opened a comprehensive Lung Cancer Screening Clinic at the VCU Health Stony Point Campus.
VCU Massey Cancer Center recently opened its Pancreas and Biliary Neoplasm Program for patients like Tuppince. The program is the first of its kind in the Richmond area, and it aims to reduce treatment delays and improve outcomes through a multi-disciplinary, patient-centered approach.
Kandace P. McGuire, M.D., has been appointed chief of breast surgery and surgical leader of the Breast Health Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center. She joined VCU in September 2017 and will also serve as an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the VCU School of Medicine.