Health information and resources for patients
Our patient resource libraries are valuable, free resources
Whether you want to learn everything there is to know about your disease, or whether you just want a break with a good book or engaging activities, we can help. Massey’s librarians, staff and volunteers at both locations are dedicated to supporting your cancer journey.
We will be happy to assist in person or by phone or e-mail. We can deliver materials to your room during a hospital stay, to the clinic where you may be receiving chemotherapy or to your home, free of charge.
Both of our libraries offer:
- A wide selection of books to borrow
- Pamphlets on a variety of cancer topics
- Individual packets for specific cancers with information on diagnosis, treatment and coping
- Videos about cancer-related topics and treatments
- Research on any cancer topic, including clinical trial information, to help sort fact from fiction found on the Internet
- Information for patients and families focusing on end-of-life issues
- List of support groups in the Richmond area
- General-interest videos, audio tapes, CDs, and books on tape
- Transportation for patients in crisis
- Massey’s Magical Touch Wig Salon, offering free, private appointments, wigs, hats, scarves and cosmetics
- List of books, videos and pamphlets available in library; provided upon request
- Game drawer to keep children occupied during adult’s appointment
Other reliable sources of health information
The Community Health Education Center (CHEC) is a public resource for patients, families and the general public to obtain information about health and medicine. Resources available include books, journals, videos and seven computers with Internet access. Assistance is provided by a health sciences librarian and trained volunteers. CHEC is located on the ground floor of the Gateway Building of the VCU Medical Center at 1200 East Marshall Street and is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please call (804)VCU-CHEC (828-2432) or visit the CHEC Web site.
Health Information & Advocacy @ Your Library is an online portal designed to make personal health and medical research easier and more reliable. Use this free website to begin your search for better health and well-being or for local resources to help improve your health or the health of others.