From the director
Welcome to VCU Massey Cancer Center. We are proud to be one of just 71 cancer centers out of 1,500 nationwide designated by the National Cancer Institute to help lead and shape our nation’s progress against cancer.
As an NCI-designated center, much of the latest cancer research is conducted and available right here. Our researchers – of whom 205 are VCU faculty members – endeavor to utilize a “community-to-bench-to-bedside-to-community” model of research in which the community’s cancer needs inform our research and then we bring our discoveries from our laboratories to the patient bedside and back to the community. Furthermore, Massey is dedicated to developing methods to eliminate health disparities and ensure equal access to cutting-edge medical treatments.
Massey has one of the largest selections of clinical trials in Virginia, which in turn enables us to offer more hope and new treatment options to people with all types of cancer. We also collaborate with other leading cancer centers across the country to ensure that the treatments people in Virginia need are close to home.
Our specialized teams focus their intellectual power on each patient. These multidisciplinary teams are organized by cancer type – such as breast cancer, lung cancer or colon cancer – and they include a variety of specialists. Surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, nurse navigators and a host of others meet each week to discuss treatment plans for each patient. This level of teamwork and communication is unparalleled, and it provides the highest-quality coordinated, individualized care – all culminating into better outcomes for our patients.
Massey is also one of the best models of a public-private partnership in Virginia, with a portion of our research funding coming from private philanthropy and state funds. We appreciate the support our community gives us and, in turn, we commit ourselves to helping to prevent, control and, ultimately, to cure cancer.
Robert Winn, M.D.