VCU Massey Cancer Center


VCU Massey Cancer Center is making headlines locally and globally for its renown in leading and shaping the fight against cancer. Check out highlights of Massey's press coverage and monthly summaries of news clippings below.

Highlights of press coverage

Chemotherapy study a 'game changer' for breast cancer patients, June 5, 2018
Dr. Charles Geyer was interviewed about a landmark study that he co-authored which found that thousands of breast cancer patients will be able to safely forgo chemotherapy.

Whatever May Come: With chemotherapy, radiation finished, Carole Johnson wonders what's next, March 2, 2018
The fifth and final feature in a series following Carole Johnson focuses on the completion of her treatment at Massey for breast cancer.

Joan Lunden hopes visit to Richmond will save lives, February 6, 2018
A news segment featured an interview segment with Joan Lunden in support of breast cancer early detection and Massey's Women & Wellness Luncheon.

Massey study links poor sleep to childhood obesity and increased cancer risk, January 26, 2018
An article featured a study from Massey researcher Bernard Fuemmeler which found that poor sleep quality is associated with childhood obesity and an increased cancer risk.

Massey doctors encourage regular screenings, knowing your body to combat breast cancer, October 29, 2017
An article featured Dr. Biren Shah and Dr. Sarah Milton discussing early detection methods and advanced treatment options for breast cancer.

New National Task Force Recommendations on Cervical Cancer Screenings, September 19, 2017
A radio segment featured an interview with Massey researcher Alex Krist about updated recommendations for cervical cancer screenings.

Four-legged comfort for VCU Massey Cancer Center patients, August 18, 2017
A news segment featured Jessica Gray, Massey palliative care nurse manager, and the unit's therapy dog, Renny.

VCU Massey Cancer Center renews its National Cancer Institute designation, August 6, 2017
A news segment highlighted Massey's designation renewal by the National Cancer Institute and featured an interview with Director Gordon Ginder.

Woman grapples with breast cancer diagnosis as Massey surgeons remove her tumor, July 29, 2017
A newspaper published an ongoing series following a breast cancer patient as she received her diagnosis and treatment at Massey.

VCU's new pancreatic cancer treatment could improve outcomes, May 14, 2017
An article features CIVA sheet, a new FDA-approved bio-absorbable, internal radiation device, that Massey was the first in the world to successfully implant to treat early stage pancreatic cancer.

4 family members, over 3 generations, diagnosed with breast cancer, May 15, 2017
Massey breast cancer survivors Michelle Brooks, Tressy and Tabatha Smith, and Mildred O’tey share their story of facing back-to-back breast cancer diagnoses in four family members over the course of four years. Their Massey medical oncologist, Mary Helen Hackney, M.D., explains how to manage a high risk of hereditary cancer.

VCU Health demonstrates new chemotherapy treatment, March 2, 2017
An article features HIPEC, heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy, which Massey is the only provider in Richmond to offer for the treatment of advanced abdominal cancers.

Neuro-oncologists at Massey help more patients win brain cancer battle, January 12, 2017
A news segment highlights neuro-oncology at Massey.

New VCU clinic aims to reverse pancreatic cancer 'death sentence', November 30, 2016
A news segment features Massey's new program for pancreatic cancer, which is the first of its kind in the region.

Massey clinic addresses growing medical issue, August 17, 2016
A TV news segment featured Michael Hess and Massey's Cardio-Oncology Program.

'I'm whole,' says breast cancer survivor after microsurgical reconstruction, August 6, 2016
A TV news segment featured the story of a mother of four with breast cancer who underwent a mastectomy, including expert commentary from Massey surgeon Santosh Kale on microsurgical breast reconstruction.

Massey doctors start 2nd clinical trial for promising breast cancer treatment, July 23, 2016
Article discusses two Massey doctors, Paul Dent and Andrew Poklepovic, and their new drug mixture that has shown great promise in treating advanced forms of cancerous tumors, particularly in cases of breast cancer.

Deadly and beautiful: The mesmerizing images of cancer research, July 11, 2016
An article highlights the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Close Up 2016 project– a collection featuring microscopy photographs of cancer-related cells, tissues and molecules from researchers at two dozen of the nation’s leading cancer centers, including Massey.

Exclusive: TV Star’s Cancer Battle, January 22, 2016
Actress Danielle Spencer, star of the hit 70s TV show What’s Happening!, described her double mastectomy performed by Massey surgical oncologist Brian Kaplan.