Clinical trial studies effectiveness of diet and exercise in preventing gynecologic cancer recurrence
The Gynecologic Oncology Group is leading a nationwide phase III clinical trial called the “Lifestyle Intervention for Ovarian Cancer Enhanced Survival (LIvES)” study. Led locally by Weldon Chafe, M.D., Dianne Harris Wright Professor of Gynecology Oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center, this trial is the first to study if diet and exercise can affect cancer recurrence in women treated for ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer. Ovarian cancer begins in the female reproductive glands called ovaries. Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers in women.
Akimitsu Yamada, Ph.D., a VCU Massey Cancer Center post-doctoral student was recently recognized for his research at the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health Ninth Annual Women’s Health Research Day, a networking opportunity celebrating and promoting excellence in interdisciplinary women’s health research. Yamada’s poster, “Human breast cancers that co-express sphingosine kinase 1 and ABCC1 have significant shorter disease free survival,” received the Elizabeth Fries Young Investigator Award.
In the May 2013 issue of Our Health Richmond magazine, Massey staff members Donna Cox, John McCarty, Ellie Coyne and Mandy Gatesman were recognized as “Hometown Healthcare Heroes.” The winners were selected by a panel of community members based on their community involvement, dedication to the field of healthcare and commitment to improve services and procedures.
Andrew Poklepovic, M.D., is leading two clinical trials for melanoma at Massey. One trial studies the effects of investigational drug ipilimumab, a biological agent that has been shown to have anti-tumor activity in advanced (stage 4) melanoma, versus FDA-approved drug interferon alpha-2b, which has been shown to reduce the risk of melanoma returning in a portion of patients. The other clinical trial is a phase 2 study that tests a combination therapy of experimental drugs on patients who have a genetic mutation called B-Raf gene (BRAF V600E).
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. Skin cancer is also treatable when found early. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to perform a skin self-exam, which is best done in a well-lit room in front of a full-length mirror. Consider asking another person to help you with the exam, especially for those hard-to-see areas like your back and scalp.