On Friday, June 16, researchers from across Virginia Commonwealth University took part in Massey Cancer Center’s annual Cancer Research Retreat. While there was no formal theme, many of the morning’s presentations detailed research relating to smoking cessation and the development of new therapies to treat lung cancer.
The gene p53 functions normally as a cancer suppressor, but mutated versions of the gene have been implicated in the development and growth of nearly half of all human cancers. Now, for the first time, scientists at VCU Massey Cancer Center have uncovered a mechanism that makes lung cancer cells dependent on mutated versions of the gene, opening the potential for new, more effective treatments.
VCU Massey Cancer Center recently became the only cancer care provider in Richmond and one of only a handful in the state to offer heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), a complex procedure used to treat advanced abdominal cancers.
Richmonder Bindu Panapalli’s experience with ovarian cancer has been difficult, but it’s hard to tell due to her cheerful disposition and contagious laugh. She recently finished treatments for ovarian cancer, and is now participating in a clinical trial studying the effects of diet and exercise on ovarian cancer recurrence.
At VCU Massey Cancer Center, we believe that cancer survivorship begins at the point of diagnosis. In honor of National Cancer Survivors Month, we're sharing advice and goals for survivorship care for those who may be nearing the end of their treatments and are in remission. And to help inspire others on the various points along the survivorship spectrum, we included testimony from some of our current and former patients.