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2016 Archive

Massey researcher finds better risk management of opioid abuse needed among cancer patients

Opioid addiction is an epidemic in the U.S. and other developed nations, and cancer patients are at even greater risk. Opioids are commonly prescribed to control cancer pain, and VCU Massey Cancer Center Palliative Care Director Egidio Del Fabbro, M.D., says more should be done to identify the potential for abuse and addiction among cancer patients.

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The aroma of good health

Aroma, the word alone brings powerful memories—some good, some not so good. Most people, however, have no idea how much aroma and our sense of smell can influence well-being. Enter aromatherapy.  

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How an aquarium pet became a scientific star in childhood cancer research

Seth Corey, M.D., M.P.H., joined VCU Massey Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) in October 2015 as the chief of the Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation in the Department of Pediatrics. He is also the inaugural Children’s Hospital Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research, which is funded by a large grant from Children’s Hospital Foundation and a gift from Connor’s Heroes. Additionally, he is the co-leader of Massey’s Cancer Molecular Genetics research program and a professor of pediatrics and microbiology/immunology at the VCU School of Medicine. A board-certified pediatric oncologist and cancer researcher, Corey specializes in leukemias, bone marrow failure, and stem cell transplantation.

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VCU’s cancer research on display at Massey’s annual Research Retreat

VCU Massey Cancer Center’s annual Cancer Research Retreat received an exceptional response despite following on the heels of one of the strongest storms Richmond has experienced in years. The gloomy weather did not hamper the bright scientific discussion emanating from the morning’s lectures and the afternoon’s poster session. 

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Integrative health team member highlight: Teresa James

Teresa James is the nurse manager in Massey's Dalton Oncology Clinic. She is usually behind the scenes working to improve the quality of our care and patient experience, but we decided to put her in the spotlight for this month's team member highlight. 

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