VCU Massey Cancer Center


Prevention & control

Alex Krist, M.D.

Interactive personal health records increase clinical preventive services

Patients who use an interactive personal health record (IPHR) are almost twice as likely to be up to date with clinical preventive services as those who do not, according to a new study led by Alex Krist, M.D., M.P.H., research member of the Cancer Prevention and Control program at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center.

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Cancer prevention and control a commitment at Massey

The Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center brings together a diverse group of health services and behavioral scientists with clinicians to study behavioral, policy, organizational and environmental factors that affect cancer risk, diagnosis, treatment and survival. The CPC program is currently leading many community- and patient-based initiatives aimed at educating and raising awareness to prevent and control cancer. The following are a few recent examples.

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Headshot of Laura Siminoff for Blog Post

Communication with doctors is critical to early, accurate colorectal cancer diagnosis

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., but if diagnosed early, patients have a five-year survival rate of 91 percent. In a study recently published in the journalPatient Education and Counseling, Laura A. Siminoff, Ph.D., and a team of researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 242 patients diagnosed with CRC in the six months preceding the study.

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Massey researchers receive grant to help VCU adopt tobacco-free campus policy

Two VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers have been awarded a $20,000 grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and CVS Health Foundation to help Virginia Commonwealth University develop and implement a policy that would make the university smoke and tobacco-free in an effort to reduce tobacco use, as well as tobacco-related fire hazards and litter, and promote a safe and healthy campus environment for VCU and its surrounding community.

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