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New cancer "vaccine" shows future promise in treating and preventing metastatic cancers

Preclinical, laboratory studies suggest a novel immunotherapy could potentially work like a vaccine against metastatic cancers, according to scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center. Results from a recent study show the therapy could treat metastatic cancers and be used in combination with current cancer therapies while helping to prevent the development of new metastatic tumors and train specialized immune system cells to guard against cancer relapse.

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Cancer prevention and control a commitment at Massey

The Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) research program at VCU Massey Cancer Center brings together a diverse group of health services and behavioral scientists with clinicians to study behavioral, policy, organizational and environmental factors that affect cancer risk, diagnosis, treatment and survival. The CPC program is currently leading many community- and patient-based initiatives aimed at educating and raising awareness to prevent and control cancer. The following are a few recent examples.

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Massey named one of nation's 100 great oncology programs

Becker's Hospital Review has included VCU Massey Cancer Center in its list of "100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs." According to its Web site, "These hospitals are on the cutting edge of cancer treatment, prevention and research, and the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected them based on clinical accolades, quality care and contributions to the field of oncology."

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VCU Massey physicians listed among Best Doctors in America®

Best Doctors Inc. has named 12 physicians from the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center to the 2013 list of Best Doctors in America®. These physicians are among 5 percent of the doctors in America selected by their peers of more than 45,000 physicians. Doctors are evaluated based on their credentials, clinical activity and accessibility to existing or new patients.

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Finding hope in the face of cancer

The “Life and Love After Cancer” campaign is intended to lift the spirits of the cancer community by sharing inspirational stories submitted by real people who are embracing their second chance at life. Through a mix of digital, social and traditional media, including billboards and print, TV, radio and online banner ads, the campaign encourages survivors to share how they’re loving life after cancer by submitting their stories and photos at

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