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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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Social media policies can curb HPV vaccine misinformation and improve public health communications, but concerns remain

A new study led by VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Jeanine Guidry, Ph.D., a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program, compared how HPV vaccination was portrayed on Pinterest before and after the social media platform began moderating vaccine-related content. Findings may help public health officials utilize social media to tackle potentially harmful rhetoric and disseminate trustworthy health information.

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Massey director identifies genetic factor that could explain high rate of COVID-19 among African Americans

VCU Massey Cancer Center Director Robert Winn, M.D., recently collaborated on research that identified a genetic factor that could partly account for the high prevalence of COVID-19 in African Americans. The study, published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, could have clinical implications for the use of existing blood pressure and heart failure drugs to manage severe symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

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VCU Massey challenges Virginians to take a stand against health disparities

Did you know that African American women are 42 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, or that African American men are 50 percent more likely to die from colorectal cancer than white men? Ending disparities like these will require awareness and, most importantly, action. This is why VCU Massey Cancer Center is launching 25 for 25 Health Equity & Justice on October 1 — a 25-day awareness campaign that challenges our community to pledge $25 in support of Massey’s efforts to reduce cancer disparities in Central Virginia by 2025.

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The journey of childhood cancer: A mother’s perspective

William received his cancer diagnosis just days after his 5th birthday in 2016. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, his mom explains what the experience has been like – from pre-diagnosis to recently graduating to the survivorship clinic.

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Study shows the experimental drug AR-12 could be a promising COVID-19 treatment

A team of scientists led by Paul Dent, Ph.D., at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center has discovered that an experimental cancer drug called AR-12 inhibits the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic, from infecting cells and replicating. Their findings were published online today in the journal Biochemical Pharmacology, and steps are now being taken to develop a clinical trial testing the novel oral treatment at VCU Health.

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