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Exciting things are happening every day at VCU Massey Cancer Center. We’re saving lives and reducing suffering from cancer. We’re discovering new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. We’re offering opportunities for the community to join us in the progress against cancer.

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Scientists target the tumor microenvironment to shut down liver cancer

Devanand Sarkar Portrait

Over the course of a decade, VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Devanand Sarkar, Ph.D., has uncovered astounding new insights into the development and progression of liver cancer, identifying key genetic drivers and shedding light on unknown associations with obesity and inflammation. Now, he and his colleagues have set their sights on immune cells found in the liver called macrophages, and their findings could lead to novel treatment approaches.

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From diagnosis to recovery, Massey’s nurse navigators are a guiding light for patients

Group photograph of Massey's nurse navigators

Cancers are a complex of family of diseases that call for equally diverse treatments. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment programs may call upon multiple specialists and several types of therapies. All of the tests, appointments and medical jargon can easily overwhelm patients—that’s where nurse navigators come in.

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Massey researcher named a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation

Patrick Nana-Sinkam

Massey cancer researcher and pulmonologist Patrick Nana-Sinkam, M.D., has been elected as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Membership is by election, and only researchers who are 50 years of age or younger are eligible for nomination.

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Diet and nutrition: immunity

There is no shortage of claims that certain foods or supplements can boost our immune systems, which makes it very difficult to decipher the truth. It is important to understand that no foods or nutrients have been found to effect the immune system as a whole. Current research indicates that deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals may increase the risk for infections, although supplementation beyond the body's need has not been shown to improve immune function.


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Recipe corner: spicy sweet potato hummus and spinach artichoke lasagna

A balanced diet should include a variety of colorful plant-based foods. This delicious hummus recipe features wholesome ingredients such as sweet potatoes, which are rich in vitamins C and B6, and chickpeas, a rich source of of protein. The lasagna recipe is full of spinach, a superfood loaded with tons of nutrients, and artichokes, which are packed with antioxidants.

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