Andrew Poklepovic, M.D., oncologist and member of the Developmental Therapeutics research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center and assistant professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care at VCU School of Medicine, presents at this year’s TEDxRVA event. Dr. Poklepovic’s presentation, “Redefining the War on Cancer,” discusses targeted therapies, which target specific DNA mutations found to contribute to or help prevent the growth and development of cancer, and next generation immunotherapies, which are treatments that “reprogram” a person’s immune system cells so that they can better recognize and ultimately destroy cancer cells.
Thirteen VCU Massey Cancer Center physicians were recognized as “Best Doctors in America” in Virginia Living’s April 2014 Health and Wellness issue. The list was excerpted from The Best Doctors in America® 2014 database, which includes more than 53,000 doctors in over 450 medical specialties and subspecialties.
Prevention is key with any cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating healthy and staying active. Every year, more than 80,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. There are five main types of gynecologic cancers: ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. Following is information on risk factors, screening, and care.
VCU Massey Cancer Center research member Jason Reed, Ph.D., is a sort of research jack-of-all-trades. He has a broad base of knowledge to pull from – an undergraduate and master’s degrees in physics and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry. While in his doctoral program, he focused on genome analysis of single DNA molecules. Since then, he has focused his research on biological systems – applying imaging approaches that look at how cancer cells grow or how they respond to treatment. Below Reed discusses his ongoing research, where he sees his field headed, and his advice for rising young researchers.
In one ongoing study, Rebecca Heise, Ph.D., is looking at how mechanical ventilation influences lung response in elderly patients. By studying lung disease states such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis and ventilator-induced lung injury, Heise and her team hope to one day be able to inform intensive care unit (ICU) physicians how to adjust ventilator setting for the elderly so that no additional injury is caused.