Did you know that obesity and a sedentary lifestyle combined are the second leading cause of cancer after tobacco use? According to Khalid Matin, M.D., F.A.C.P., a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of colorectal cancer at VCU Massey Cancer Center, lifesyle factors such as diet and exercise play an important role in preventing most cancers, especially colon and rectal cancers, which together are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.
VCU Massey Cancer Center has teamed up with Art on Wheels, a Richmond nonprofit that brings comprehensive art programming to local communities with limited access to the arts, to create the world's largest collagraph (an inked and printed object) using donated clothing to represent individuals affected by cancer.
The American Institute for Cancer Research’s (AICR) and American Cancer Society’s (ACS) recommendations for cancer prevention and survivorship include a diet full of vegetables and fruits. Vegetables and fruits provided fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other plant compounds that have been found to have reduce cancer risk. Not only are vegetables and fruits helpful for cancer prevention, they are also important components for the prevention of other chronic diseases.
Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University have developed computer models that can simulate the recovery of the immune system in patients undergoing stem cell transplants. In two recent studies, they reinforce the potential of using DNA sequencing and computer modeling to predict which stem cell transplant recipients might suffer complications such as graft-versus-host-disease, a condition where the donor’s immune system attacks the recipient’s body. The studies build upon prior research by scientists at VCU Massey Cancer Center, the VCU Center for the Study of Biological Complexity and VCU’s Department of Psychiatry and Statistical Genomics that found evidence that the immune system may be modeled as a dynamical system.
When Malcolm Butler was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer last year, it flipped his world upside down. Struggling to decide which way to turn for help, he was referred to Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center’s Supportive Care Clinic to form a plan and begin treatment.