What do these stinky vegetables—bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, red cabbage, horseradish, kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard and turnips—have in common? They’re some of the members of the cruciferous vegetable family, and they have been linked to reducing risk for heart disease and cancer.
Combating colorectal cancer: Massey expands its colorectal cancer team, preventative services and treatment options
A variety of factors have contributed to parts of eastern and southern Virginia having some of the highest colorectal cancer death rates in the nation. Massey is working to reverse this trend by expanding it's care team, offering cutting-edge treatment options and working to improve the health of at-risk communities.
Massey pilot study could help identify breast cancer patients who would benefit from preoperative hormone therapy as alternative to chemotherapy
Preliminary findings from a pilot study led by VCU Massey Cancer Center suggest that it may be possible to use genetic testing to identify more breast cancer patients who would benefit from hormone therapy as an alternative to chemotherapy. Hormone therapy, also known as endocrine therapy, lowers estrogen levels or completely restricts estrogen from acting upon breast cancer cells, and its increased use could spare patients from the treatment side effects of chemotherapy and allow for more breast-conserving surgeries.
Scientist Sandro da Rocha, Ph.D., hopes to eventually develop novel drugs that can be used as a primary or adjuvant therapy for multiple forms of lung cancer. A member of VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Developmental Therapeutics research program since March 2016, da Rocha has centered his research on designing nanotherapeutics that can target cancer cells with improved efficacy and decreased toxicity.
Mary Shall, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the VCU School of Allied Health. She has a passion for yoga, has served on VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Integrative Health committee for years and has taught several yoga workshops for cancer patients and survivors. In this month’s Team Member Highlight, Mary discusses her role as department chair, how she got into yoga and her own experience as an ovarian cancer survivor.