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VCU Massey Cancer Center


Research programs

VCU Massey Cancer Center has been designated by the National Cancer Institute since 1975 due to scientific excellence in cancer research and our role in reducing cancer morbidity and mortality. We are one of only two centers in Virginia and one of 71 centers across the country with this designation.

Our scientists conduct lab and clinical research to discover better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. Our members span numerous departments, colleges, and schools within VCU. 

They collaborate on research in three key programs: 

  • Cancer Biology – Unravel the mechanistic underpinnings of tumor pathogenesis and progression and to identify key interactions between tumors and their microenvironment that could shed light on the intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms accounting for cancer progression and resistance to therapy
  • Cancer Prevention and Control – Develop basic and applied research programs in behavioral, social, and population sciences to create or enhance interventions that reduce cancer risk, incidence, morbidity and mortality, and enhance quality of life
  • Developmental Therapeutics – Explore cancer therapeutics, identify molecular targets, assess molecular genetic profiles of tumors, and translate findings into the development of novel therapeutic strategies for cancer treatment
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