Center news & funding
On Tuesday, March 29, Massey hosted an integrative health resource fair for cancer patients and their family and caregivers to help better inform them of Massey’s integrative health services.
Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center Senior Analyst J. Brian Cassel, Ph.D., was recently named a Fulbright Scholar by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Cassel will depart in early 2012 for London, where for six months he will collaborate with researchers at the King's College London Cicely Saunders Institute to measure the economic impact of end-of-life care in the U.K. and U.S.
Communication between cancer patients, caregivers, health care teams and researchers is critical to building trust, sharing information and making informed decisions. Laura A. Siminoff, Ph.D., Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Foundation Chair and associate director for cancer prevention and control at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, was recently awarded two multi-million dollar grants to study how communication affects specific cancer outcomes.
For the eighth year, oncology care providers and clinical cancer researchers from across the state gathered for VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Cancer Symposium and Clinical Research Affiliation Network Retreat. This year’s events were held on April 5 and 6 at the Hilton Hotel and Spa in Short Pump.
Massey researcher awarded $140,000 to study factors affecting whether and how cancer patients utilize palliative care
VCU Massey Cancer Center director of palliative care research, J. Brian Cassel, Ph.D., was recently awarded $140,000 in grant funding from the American Cancer Society (ACS) to facilitate a two-year pilot study that will explore how certain factors, including demographics and social disparities, may affect whether and how cancer patients utilize palliative care. The research findings will be translated into efforts to decrease inequities in quality of care.