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VCU Massey Cancer Center


2014 Archive

Former patient Aaron Kurz and family [View Image]

A bright future made possible

This time of year, hundreds of area high school seniors don caps and gowns and look forward to life after high school. For Aaron Kurz, it’s an especially momentous occasion because it was one that his parents once feared he may never live to see.  

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Visiting scholar researches palliative and end-of-life care at VCU

Jane Seymour, Ph.D., professor of palliative and end-of-life studies in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham, traveled to Virginia Commonwealth University from the United Kingdom in April to begin her summer-long appointment as a VCU Global Visiting Scholar.

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Charles Geyer, M.D., F.A.C.P. [View Image]

Massey physician co-led landmark research that establishes a new standard of care for young women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer

VCU Massey Cancer Center physician-researcher Charles Geyer, M.D., co-authored practice-changing, international research on breast cancer that this weekend was presented at the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago and published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. This landmark study is the first to demonstrate that taking exemestane while blocking ovarian function reduces cancer recurrence in young women with hormone-receptive breast cancer. 

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Kevin Brigle, Ph.D., A.N.P. [View Image]

Longtime Massey nurse wins distinguished award

For 15 years, Kevin Brigle, Ph.D., A.N.P., has served VCU Massey Cancer Center as a nurse practitioner. Working in the Hematological Malignancy Clinic, Brigle focuses on treating patients with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other blood borne cancers. Recently, Brigle was awarded the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” Award.

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Cancer screening: An overview

Cancer screening is the subject of much debate. As new research discoveries are made, organizations like the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society have to reevaluate their screening guidelines based on the most current scientific evidence in order to ensure that patients are receiving the most up-to-date and well-informed recommendations.

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