Exciting things are happening every day at VCU Massey Cancer Center. We’re saving lives and reducing suffering from cancer. We’re discovering new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. We’re offering opportunities for the community to join us in the progress against cancer.
VCU Massey Cancer Center was recently awarded an Institutional Research Grant (IRG) from the American Cancer Society. Massey has continuously been awarded an ACS IRG for more than four decades. The latest IRG (18-159-43), totaling $350,000 in direct costs over the course of three years, will provide separate block grants for early career investigators pursuing cancer research.
Over the course of a decade, VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Devanand Sarkar, Ph.D., has uncovered astounding new insights into the development and progression of liver cancer, identifying key genetic drivers and shedding light on unknown associations with obesity and inflammation. Now, he and his colleagues have set their sights on immune cells found in the liver called macrophages, and their findings could lead to novel treatment approaches.
Cancers are a complex of family of diseases that call for equally diverse treatments. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment programs may call upon multiple specialists and several types of therapies. All of the tests, appointments and medical jargon can easily overwhelm patients—that’s where nurse navigators come in.
Massey cancer researcher and pulmonologist Patrick Nana-Sinkam, M.D., has been elected as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Membership is by election, and only researchers who are 50 years of age or younger are eligible for nomination.
There is no shortage of claims that certain foods or supplements can boost our immune systems, which makes it very difficult to decipher the truth. It is important to understand that no foods or nutrients have been found to effect the immune system as a whole. Current research indicates that deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals may increase the risk for infections, although supplementation beyond the body's need has not been shown to improve immune function.