Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center may be one step closer to developing a new therapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) after discovering that the targeted agents obatoclax and sorafenib kill leukemia cells much more effectively when combined than when the drugs are administered individually.
At a celebration event today, Governor Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed four cancer-related bills at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center. The legislation continues the Commonwealth’s unprecedented support for advancing cancer research, treatment and education at Massey and throughout Virginia. Last year, the Governor presented $5 million in state funds for cancer research at Massey, representing a substantial increase over the $1 million in annual funding provided previously by the Commonwealth. This year, state support for Massey climbed even further to $7.5 million, with the opportunity to apply for additional funding through the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Fund as stipulated in one of the bills signed.
Egidio Del Fabbro, M.D., has been named program director of palliative care at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, effective May 1, 2012. A nationally recognized expert in palliative care – comprehensive care for patients and families with a focus on alleviating suffering from serious illness – Del Fabbro comes to VCU Massey from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he is currently an associate professor in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine. He is also director of the Outpatient Cachexia Clinic and associate director of the Palliative Care Fellowship Training Program.
Although cancer recurrence may be the overriding fear for many survivors, a study from VCU Massey Cancer Center found only 51 percent of cancer survivors died from cancer, meaning nearly half of survivors died from other conditions. These results indicate survivors could potentially benefit from a more comprehensive, less cancer-focused approach to their health, according to lead researcher Yi Ning, M.D., Sc.D., assistant professor in the department of epidemiology and community health at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and associate research member at VCU Massey Cancer Center.
Physicians at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Centerwere recognized as “Top Docs” in Richmond Magazine‘s April 2012 issue. Topping the list were 33 doctors from varied specialties who provide oncology-related care to Massey’s patients. These doctors were selected through a survey of Richmond-area physicians which asked who they would recommend in a range of specialties.