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VCU Massey Cancer Center


Support services for clinical trial participants

Participating in a clinical trial may involve longer or additional clinic or hospital visits. To help patients who wish to participate, VCU Massey Cancer Center has dedicated staff available to assist them in receiving the resources and personal care they need as they undergo their clinical trial cancer treatment. By connecting clinical trial participants to a variety of support services such as financial, legal and psychological assistance, Massey better ensures that each patient’s mental, physical and spiritual needs are met while his or her cancer is being treated.

For assistance accessing information related to our programs, please contact the clinical research support services staff:

  • Debbie L. Cadet, Ph.D., M.S.W.
    Clinical research recruitment liaison
    (804) 628-2364
  • Phyllis Dennis
    Insurance coordinator
    (804) 828-9106

Support services

Massey’s dedicated staff can help connect patients with a variety of services and support available at VCU Medical Center and throughout the community, including but not limited to the following:

  • Child care resources and referral
  • Complementary/holistic therapies
    • Art therapy
    • Music therapy
    • Healing touch
    • Pet therapy
  • Elder care services
  • Fertility referrals
  • Financial assistance programs
    • Limited financial assistance to those who qualify
    • Co-pay assistance programs
    • Help with applying for public benefits
  • Hair loss – Massey’s Magical Touch Salon
    • Wigs
    • Scarves
    • Hats
    • Turbans
  • Healing garden – Becky’s Garden
  • Home care and hospice services
  • Insurance coverage/authorization consultation
  • Legal assistance – Medical Legal Partnership
    • LINC (Legal Information Network for Cancer)
    • Central Virginia Legal Aid
    • Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Lodging (temporary)
  • Nutrition information and guidance
  • Palliative care – symptom and pain management
  • Patient resource library
    • Informational materials about cancer, including brochures, pamphlets, books, DVDs and more
  • Patient volunteers/advocates
  • Smoking cessation groups
  • Support counseling
    • Chaplaincy, spiritual support
    • Psychological therapy
  • Support groups, both for patients and for their family and friends
    • Look Good...Feel Better workshop
    • Connection to other national and local support organizations
  • Transportation services

Download the clinical research support services brochure‌ for a printable listing of services.