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Study of head and neck cancer data from The Cancer Genome Atlas redefines HPV-related cancers

Much of what we thought we knew about the human papillomavirus (HPV) in HPV-related head and neck cancers may be wrong, according to a newly published study by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) researchers that analyzed data from The Human Cancer Genome Atlas. Head and neck cancers involving HPV are on the rise, and many experts believe we are seeing the start of an epidemic that will only get worse in the coming years.  

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Massey pulmonologist hopes to develop blood-based tests for early detection of lung cancer

Massey pulmonologist and cancer researcher Patrick Nana-Sinkam, M.D., F.C.C.P., studies genetic biomarkers as a means of developing novel blood-based tests for the early detection of lung cancer and potentially improving overall patient outcomes through the use of new targeted therapies. Nana-Sinkam joined VCU Massey Cancer Center as a member of the Cancer Cell Signaling and Cancer Prevention and Control research programs in September 2016. He also serves as chair of and professor in the Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine of the Department of Internal Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine. 

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Virginia cancer care providers and clinical researchers convene for sixth annual Massey conference

Oncologists and clinical cancer researchers from across the state gathered for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center’s sixth annual Cancer Symposium and Clinical Research Affiliation Network Retreat on April 7 and 8 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, VA. Friday’s symposium provided continued professional education for clinicians while Saturday’s retreat helped facilitate the operations of Massey’s Clinical Research Affiliation Network, which acts to bring clinical trials to eight affiliated community hospitals and oncology practices in Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, Metro Richmond, South Hill and Winchester. 

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Physical therapy helps cancer patients regain control of their lives

Studies have disproven several common myths about the fragility of patients with cancer. In fact, research is showing that vigorous exercise, including weight training, can help improve the outcomes of patients undergoing treatment as long as they are physically capable. Exercise stimulates the immune system to help fight cancer, and it also helps relieve stress and releases endorphins that aide in combatting depression. 

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Massey research supports paradigm shift for the treatment of early stage pancreatic cancer

The statistics for pancreatic cancer are grim. In 2016, nearly 53,000 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and almost four out of every five diagnoses are expected to result in death, according to statistics from the National Cancer Institute. However, a recent study by researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center suggests that a paradigm shift in treatment may help increase overall survival among early stage pancreatic cancer patients

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