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Team member highlight: Whitney Burton

VCU Massey Cancer Center’s social workers are a really special group. They work with our patients to address psycho-social and emotional needs that can accompany a cancer diagnosis. In this month’s team member highlight, we talk with licensed clinical social worker Whitney Burton about her role and some of the most common needs of our patients.

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Race for the Cure holds new meaning for breast cancer survivor

When Carrie Persing crossed the finish line at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in 2015, the event held a completely new meaning for her. Despite having participated in the breast cancer awareness fundraiser for the previous five years, that was the first time she had taken part since she underwent surgery for breast cancer.

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Myths and facts: acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique where trained acupuncturists stimulate certain points on the body usually by inserting needles through the skin (NCCIH, 2016). 

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Integrative health recipe corner - December 2016

With the holidays upon us, it is easy to enjoy more than the usual portions as well as more rich and calorie-laden foods, if we’re not careful. That’s why this month’s recipe corner features some lighter foods—two satisfying soups—that are filling yet nutrient-dense and low in calories and fat. Including meals consisting of one or both these soups throughout the holidays may help to keep overall calories and diet quality in check, thus helping to avoid holiday weight gain.  

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Massey researcher awarded $1.5M to study enzyme's role and relationship to the growth of melanoma and colorectal cancer

VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Rong Huang, Ph.D., was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to study the structure, regulation and inhibition of a class of proteins that have been previously implicated to be involved in the development of malignant melanoma and colorectal cancer. She hopes the results of the five-year study will eventually lead to her long-term goal of discovery of new, effective cancer therapies.

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