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Exciting things are happening every day at VCU Massey Cancer Center. We’re saving lives and reducing suffering from cancer. We’re discovering new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. We’re offering opportunities for the community to join us in the progress against cancer.

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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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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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Massey director Dr. Robert Winn part of AACR Congressional briefing on cancer disparities

Today, the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) released its inaugural Cancer Disparities Progress Report, which outlines the enormous toll that cancer exacts on racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations, highlights areas of progress in reducing these disparities and provides specific recommendations for achieving health equity. As a member of the AACR Steering Committee that contributed to the report, VCU Massey Cancer Center Director Robert Winn, M.D., was part of a virtual Congressional briefing on the findings.

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Massey researcher receives University Award of Excellence at VCU

VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Nicholas Farrell, Ph.D., received the University Award of Excellence during VCU’s annual Faculty Convocation ceremony on September 10. VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., acknowledged that the six faculty members honored with various awards during the ceremony embody the university’s mission and are actively working to transform lives, despite the challenges facing the university and the nation.

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