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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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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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2020 Street of Hope and George Emerson bring the community together, raise $400,000 for innovative cancer research at Massey

For Richmond developer and cancer survivor George Emerson (B.S.’78/B) and four of Richmond’s top builders at Eagle Construction, Eastwood Homes, HHHunt Homes and Main Street Homes, showing and selling new riverfront homes in the Chesterfield neighborhood of Meadowville Landing this year is about more than helping buyers find a home. It is about helping to find a cure for cancer and giving back to communities where they live and work.

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Meet the researchers who met with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden

When First Lady of the United States Jill Biden, Ed.D., visited Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center on Wednesday, she met with several scientists about advancements in preventing, detecting and treating cancer and the importance of addressing cancer disparities.

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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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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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Abundance of iron drives cell death and could be key to development of novel treatments for neuroblastoma

Anthony Faber, Ph.D., and a team of researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center were awarded a grant from the American Cancer Society to study how MYCN and an abundance of iron can drive cancer cell death in neuroblastoma and potentially be targeted with novel treatments. This award is the first part of a potential two-stage grant worth a combined total of $600,000.

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