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Closing the gap in prostate and colorectal cancer disparities: a community conversation

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Terrance Afer-Anderson wants to create an army of ambassadors.

The Norfolk native and prostate cancer survivor wrote, produced and directed a movie, “The Black Walnut,” to bring attention to inequities in screening and mortality rates for prostate cancer in the Black community.

“I tell men scared of the invasiveness of a prostate cancer screening, ‘You have to toughen up,’” Afer-Anderson said on Feb. 9 at a virtual community event on the topic. “And I want African-American men – and women – to help spread the word about the disparity, to get tested early.”

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Updates to outpatient care at Massey due to COVID-19

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At VCU Massey Cancer Center we have implemented changes in our clinics to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and keep our patients and medical teams safe.

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Lung cancer and health disparities expert named director of VCU Massey Cancer Center

Robert Winn, M.D., has been named director of Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center. Winn, an expert in lung cancer and community-based health care, will start at VCU on December 2.

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Rural upbringing ignites passion for helping underserved cancer patient populations

Born and raised in rural North Carolina, VCU doctoral candidate Bonny Morris, MSPH, RN, knows first-hand the challenges that patients in rural communities face in accessing cancer care. 

Morris, who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in social and behavioral sciences at the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at the VCU School of Medicine, conducts research at VCU Massey Cancer Center that investigates the factors that contribute to cancer treatment disparities in rural communities. Through a rigorous mixed method design supported by community engagement, she aims to develop targeted, tailored approaches that improve outcomes for underserved cancer patient populations.

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Massey leading statewide survey to improve cancer prevention and curb health disparities among Virginians

Researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center have designed a comprehensive health assessment survey to better understand how patterns in social, behavioral and environmental factors can inform improved health care practices and services for all Virginians.

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Massey's director of gynecologic oncology provides framework for addressing gynecologic cancer disparities

In a paper published in Gynecologic Oncology, Sarah Temkin, M.D., director of gynecologic oncology and member of the Developmental Therapeutics research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center, outlined the health disparities that currently exist among several populations of women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers and conceived a framework for how to reduce these inequities moving forward.

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