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Closing the gap in prostate and colorectal cancer disparities: a community conversation

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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.”

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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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Massey breast cancer patient embraces the power of positivity

“Positivity is a powerful tool,” says Farrah Massenburg, a fun-loving wife and mother, current Massey breast cancer patient and this year’s special guest at the 2021 Women & Wellness webinar.

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First Lady Jill Biden visits Massey to discuss cancer disparities and community engaged research

Jill Biden, Ed.D., the First Lady of the United States, met with scientists, doctors and community leaders at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center on Wednesday to learn how they are working together to address cancer disparities.

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National Cancer Institute leader discusses COVID-19 and cancer in Massey’s “Facts and Faith Fridays”

On Friday, January 15, Norman (“Ned”) Sharpless, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute, joined "Facts and Faith Fridays" for a virtual discussion on COVID-19 and cancer.

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Leading COVID-19 expert Dr. Anthony Fauci discusses the COVID vaccine in Massey’s “Facts and Faith Fridays”

On Friday, January 8, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the nation’s leading experts on COVID-19 joined "Facts and Faith Fridays" for a virtual discussion on the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Massey awarded grant focused on addressing systemic race-related barriers that contribute to disparities in care among Black men and women with cancer

VCU Massey Cancer Center was one of 10 national awardees selected to receive a grant from the American Cancer Society and Pfizer to address systemic race-related barriers and disparities in the delivery of care that impact outcomes across all cancer types.

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