Several years ago, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center became the first center in the United States to test an Israeli-invented device designed to increase the space between the prostate and the rectum in prostate cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. Now, results from the international Phase I clinical trial show that the device has the potential to significantly reduce rectal injury, a side effect caused by unwanted radiation exposure that can leave men with compromised bowel function following treatment.
In the May 2013 issue of Our Health Richmond magazine, Massey staff members Donna Cox, John McCarty, Ellie Coyne and Mandy Gatesman were recognized as “Hometown Healthcare Heroes.” The winners were selected by a panel of community members based on their community involvement, dedication to the field of healthcare and commitment to improve services and procedures.
African-American patient makes history; raises important discussion about minority participation in clinical trials
As the nation celebrates Black History Month in February, VCU Massey Cancer Center celebrates cancer patients who are making history. African-American Junius Hayes is one of them, helping medical researchers to pioneer new treatments for cancer. Hayes was the first patient in the United States to participate in a clinical trial to test a biodegradable balloon that, when inflated, would allow for more targeted radiation treatment of prostate cancer with less damage to the healthy areas surrounding the prostate.
In the December 2013 issue of Our Health Richmond magazine, six Massey physicians were recognized for their kindness, empathy and attentiveness when working with patients. These inaugural Best Bedside Manner Awards seek to recognize professionals who incorporate compassionate care into their practice.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, find out the many ways VCU Massey Cancer Center is making strides in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and ways in which you can celebrate and support these advances. A National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, VCU Massey is helping to lead and shape the nation’s fight against breast and other cancers.