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The $125 billion question: how will the ACA affect cancer survivors?

Sabik Barnes Bradley for ACA blog post

In 2010, the total cost of cancer care in the United States reached $125 billion. Cancer patients are also living longer today, which is further increasing the cost of their continued care. As the health insurance exchanges have opened and heated debate about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues, many questions remain, including the $125 billion question: “How will the ACA affect the most expensive disease: cancer?”

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Novel model developed to predict nicotine emitted from e-cigarettes

VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers at the VCU Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (CSTP) have developed the first ever, evidence-based model that can predict with up to 90 percent accuracy the amount of nicotine emitted by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette).

The researchers, working in collaboration with investigators at the American University of Beirut, The model predicted that higher voltage e-cigarette devices paired with high-concentration nicotine liquids could emit greater levels of the addictive substance than those of a traditional tobacco cigarette, depending on user puff duration.

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Twitter chat on coping with cancer

Recently, the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Mental Health co-hosted a Twitter chat on coping with cancer. The discussion focused on the psycho-social aspects of cancer for patients and caregivers across all age groups, and VCU Massey Cancer Center clinical health psychologist, Tamara Orr, Ph.D., M.S., L.C.P., PMHNP-BC, weighed in as the moderator posed a series of questions.

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Massey opens clinical trial testing a combination of Viagra and chemo to treat advanced solid tumors

VCU Massey Cancer Center has developed and opened a Phase 1 clinical trial to study the effects of Viagra in combination with chemotherapy to treat patients with progressive, advanced solid tumors. The trial is a result of previous research conducted at Massey by a group of researchers including physician-scientist Andrew Poklepovic, M.D., who is the leading the trial as its principal investigator. Their research demonstrated that regorafenib (trade name Stivarga), a type of chemotherapy, interacts with Viagra (generic name sildenafil), a medication originally developed for erectile dysfunction, to kill tumor cells significantly better than regorafenib alone.

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Massey researchers find link between cancer gene and obesity

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers have discovered that a gene known to cause cancer also may play a role in determining if someone becomes obese.

Recent discoveries suggest that the gene Astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) could even be controlled with certain therapies to prevent or reverse obesity and obesity-related cancers.

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Massey researcher awarded grant to further develop a novel therapy for neuroblastoma

VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Anthony Faber, Ph.D., was awarded a $46,000 grant from the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and The Truth 365 to support his research to develop a new therapy for neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that develops in infants and young children.

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