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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.

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Updates to outpatient care at Massey due to COVID-19

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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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African-American patient makes history; raises important discussion about minority participation in clinical trials

As the nation celebrates Black History Month in February, VCU Massey Cancer Center celebrates cancer patients who are making history. African-American Junius Hayes is one of them, helping medical researchers to pioneer new treatments for cancer. Hayes was the first patient in the United States to participate in a clinical trial to test a biodegradable balloon that, when inflated, would allow for more targeted radiation treatment of prostate cancer with less damage to the healthy areas surrounding the prostate.

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Experimental drug combination selectively destroys lymphoma cells

Laboratory experiments conducted by scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center suggest that a novel combination of the drugs ibrutinib and bortezomib could potentially be an effective new therapy for several forms of blood cancer, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).

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Massey debunks common cancer myths for World Cancer Day

February 4, 2013 is World Cancer Day. This global initiative by the Union for International Cancer Control aims to unite the world together in the fight against cancer by educating and raising awareness. VCU Massey Cancer Center is taking part in this initiative by debunking the following common cancer myths:

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The palliative care program at VCU Massey Cancer Center is led, in part, by (left to right): Steven Grossman, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care; Gordon Ginder, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center; Egidio Del Fabbro, M.D., program director of palliative care; and John Nestler, M.D., chair of the department of internal medicine.

Together with CHoR, Massey is first in Virginia to receive advanced certification for palliative care

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) have jointly earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for their palliative care programs, making them the first and only certified palliative care programs in Virginia. Palliative care provides specialized, multidisciplinary care for patients with serious illnesses, including but not limited to cancer, by addressing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.


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Five tips for maintaining a healthy weight

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), more than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritiously and staying physically active. As January marks the start of new beginnings, here are five tips to help you keep your healthy weight resolutions this year. 

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