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Team member highlight: Tamara Orr

Tamara Orr is a clinical psychologist providing mental health services to Massey's patients. In this month's Team Member Highlight, we asked Dr. Orr about the role of psychology in cancer care and some of the most common issues that patients, caregivers and survivors face. 

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International study led by Massey researcher finds promise in new class of anti-cancer drugs

Nicholas Farrell

A new class of platinum-based drugs has shown significant anti-metastatic effects in fighting cancer, according to a recently published study led by a Virginia Commonwealth University chemistry professor and Massey researcher.

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Massey researcher awarded $25.2 million to lead a national clinical trial for veterans with lung cancer

VCU Massey Cancer Center physician-researcher Drew Moghanaki, M.D., M.P.H., was awarded $25.2 million from the Veterans Health Administration to lead a national study on an alternative treatment for lung cancer, the deadliest form of cancer.

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Myths and facts: ginger and cancer

In this month's Integrative Health Myths & Facts, we explore ginger's ability to treat nausea, a common chemotherapy related side effect.

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Integrative health recipe corner: fall harvest salad & spaghetti with broccolini pesto

This month’s first recipe focuses on fall and incorporates some easy-to-find fall ingredients—sweet potatoes or butternut squash, and pears—into the recipe. Both recipes focus on vegetables with bright colors, as colorful food is a sign of plenty of phytochemicals. Incorporating phytochemical- and anti-oxidant-rich foods into the diet offers protection against many health conditions, including cancer. Sweet potatoes or butternut squash contain beta-carotene and other carotenoids; broccolini (a hybrid of broccoli and kale) is a cruciferous vegetable bright green in color and high in fiber. Less colorful vegetables, including onions, garlic, shallots and cauliflower (you’ll find the first three in one or both of these two recipes—they are members of the Allium family) have plenty of anti-cancer effects in them, too, so don’t forget to include them in your diet along with brightly-colored vegetables.

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