Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Mercedes Velasquez

Thanks to care at Massey, Mercedes is able to continue being the same mom to her children.

"At this point, I’m in remission, and although it has been a long road, I know that I’m in good hands at Massey. My perspective on life has changed greatly since being diagnosed. I’ve learned that life is short and you must live every day to the fullest. I now realize that I can’t control everything and that patience is a virtue. My friends and family are my life, and surrounding myself with them has made this journey easier to navigate."

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Diane Harris Wright

"As with many women who get diagnosed with ovarian cancer, my initial symptoms slipped by my primary care doctors, so by the time I was diagnosed, my situation was urgent. From day one, my Massey doctors acknowledged the critical nature of the disease, but were also extremely confident in their recommendations for treatment. Knowing my treatment options were stemming from the latest in cancer research gave me an enormous amount of encouragement."

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Junius Hayes

After working three decades to bring about scientific and technological advances through jobs at NASA and the Department of Energy, Junius was presented with the opportunity to become the first patient in the United States to participate in a clinical trial at Massey testing a new radiation device for the treatment of prostate cancer. He jumped at the chance when he learned that the device was made of materials that he helped develop for other applications. After eight weeks of radiation with the device, Junius received a clean bill of health and feels better than ever. "If I’m able to help advance science in any way, then I’m thrilled to have participated."

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