Tips and inspiration for cancer survivorship
At VCU Massey Cancer Center, we believe that cancer survivorship begins at the point of diagnosis. In honor of National Cancer Survivors Month, we're sharing advice and goals for survivorship care for those who may be nearing the end of their treatments and are in remission. And to help inspire others on the various points along the survivorship spectrum, we included testimony from some of our current and former patients.
Massey now offering HIPEC for advanced abdominal cancers
VCU Massey Cancer Center recently became the only cancer care provider in Richmond and one of only a handful in the state to offer heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), a complex procedure used to treat advanced abdominal cancers.
Second opinions led to improved care and a clinical trial
Richmonder Bindu Panapalli’s experience with ovarian cancer has been difficult, but it’s hard to tell due to her cheerful disposition and contagious laugh. She recently finished treatments for ovarian cancer, and is now participating in a clinical trial studying the effects of diet and exercise on ovarian cancer recurrence.
Massey neuro-oncologist answers questions about chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
May 7-13 is National Neuropathy Awareness Week. Peripheral neuropathy, often simply referred to as “neuropathy,” is a condition that occurs when your peripheral nerves, the nerves that transmit signals between your central nervous system and the rest of your body, become damaged or disrupted. Many cancer patients experience a form of neuropathy called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). In this Q&A, Zhijian Chen, M.D., Ph.D., a neuro-oncologist at VCU Massey Cancer Center, explains CIPN, what causes it and what can be done to treat it.
New patient-centered program at VCU Massey Cancer Center raises the bar for pancreatic cancer care
VCU Massey Cancer Center recently opened its Pancreas and Biliary Neoplasm Program for patients like Tuppince. The program is the first of its kind in the Richmond area, and it aims to reduce treatment delays and improve outcomes through a multi-disciplinary, patient-centered approach.