Closing the gap in prostate and colorectal cancer disparities: a community conversation
Terrance Afer-Anderson wants to create an army of ambassadors.
The Norfolk native and prostate cancer survivor wrote, produced and directed a movie, “The Black Walnut,” to bring attention to inequities in screening and mortality rates for prostate cancer in the Black community.
“I tell men scared of the invasiveness of a prostate cancer screening, ‘You have to toughen up,’” Afer-Anderson said on Feb. 9 at a virtual community event on the topic. “And I want African-American men – and women – to help spread the word about the disparity, to get tested early.”
Updates to outpatient care at Massey due to COVID-19
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.
A clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of high-dose intravenous vitamin C (HDIVC) to treat COVID-19 and reduce the need for intensive care was co-developed by a Massey researcher and is underway at the Hunter Holmes Mcguire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the McGuire Research Institute.
Massey researcher Michael H. Peters, Ph.D., is using powerful supercomputers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley to investigate the “spike” protein of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
In mid-March as confirmed COVID-19 cases began spreading across the Richmond area, VCU Massey Cancer Center physician-researcher Douglas Arthur, M.D., shared with his wife, Shelly, his concerns about the nationwide shortage of face masks for health care workers and the risk of coronavirus exposure that his medical teams were facing. He was particularly worried about radiation therapists, whose jobs necessitate direct and close contact with patients.
VCU Massey Cancer Center is implementing COVID-19 testing for patients on active cancer treatment, especially those receiving chemotherapy, selected patients receiving radiation therapy and before surgery.
The spread of COVID-19 has led to a public health crisis and created major disruptions in daily life. Many people are experiencing anxiety and depression over concerns ranging from the health and safety of loved ones to economic woes and how to cope with long periods of isolation.