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Updates to outpatient care at Massey due to COVID-19

Stony Point

At VCU Massey Cancer Center we have implemented changes in our clinics to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and keep our patients and medical teams safe.

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Reed and team

VCU technology could upend DNA sequencing for diagnosing certain DNA mutations

Doctors are increasingly using genetic signatures to diagnose diseases and determine the best course of care, but using DNA sequencing and other techniques to detect genomic rearrangements remains costly or limited in capabilities. However, an innovative breakthrough developed by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Department of Physics promises to diagnose DNA rearrangement mutations at a fraction of the cost with improved accuracy.

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Massey patient getting vaccine

Massey offers COVID-19 vaccine for cancer patients

VCU Massey Cancer Center is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to cancer patients in its Dalton Oncology and Stony Point Hematology-Oncology Clinics, beginning with patients who are aged 65 and older with in-person oncology appointments, as directed by the Virginia Department of Health.

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HPV vaccine

Massey researchers conduct first-of-its-kind review of national data to better understand geographic factors that affect HPV vaccination rates

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection, with an estimated 79 million Americans currently infected with the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If a high-risk HPV infection does not go away, it can lead to the development of a variety of cancers, including 91% of all cervical cancers, 70% of oropharyngeal cancers and cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis and anus.

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Norman Sharpless, M.D.

National Cancer Institute leader discusses COVID-19 and cancer in Massey’s “Facts and Faith Fridays”

On Friday, January 15, Norman (“Ned”) Sharpless, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute, joined "Facts and Faith Fridays" for a virtual discussion on COVID-19 and cancer.

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Leading COVID-19 expert Dr. Anthony Fauci discusses the COVID vaccine in Massey’s “Facts and Faith Fridays”

On Friday, January 8, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the nation’s leading experts on COVID-19 joined "Facts and Faith Fridays" for a virtual discussion on the COVID-19 vaccine.

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