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Second opinions led to improved care and a clinical trial

Richmonder Bindu Panapalli’s experience with ovarian cancer has been difficult, but it’s hard to tell due to her cheerful disposition and contagious laugh. She recently finished treatments for ovarian cancer, and is now participating in a clinical trial studying the effects of diet and exercise on ovarian cancer recurrence. 

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Tips and inspiration for cancer survivorship

At VCU Massey Cancer Center, we believe that cancer survivorship begins at the point of diagnosis. In honor of National Cancer Survivors Month, we're sharing advice and goals for survivorship care for those who may be nearing the end of their treatments and are in remission. And to help inspire others on the various points along the survivorship spectrum, we included testimony from some of our current and former patients. 

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Chen, Zhijian

Massey neuro-oncologist answers questions about chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

May 7-13 is National Neuropathy Awareness Week. Peripheral neuropathy, often simply referred to as “neuropathy,” is a condition that occurs when your peripheral nerves, the nerves that transmit signals between your central nervous system and the rest of your body, become damaged or disrupted. Many cancer patients experience a form of neuropathy called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). In this Q&A, Zhijian Chen, M.D., Ph.D., a neuro-oncologist at VCU Massey Cancer Center, explains CIPN, what causes it and what can be done to treat it. 

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Virginia cancer care providers and clinical researchers convene for sixth annual Massey conference

Oncologists and clinical cancer researchers from across the state gathered for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center’s sixth annual Cancer Symposium and Clinical Research Affiliation Network Retreat on April 7 and 8 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump, VA. Friday’s symposium provided continued professional education for clinicians while Saturday’s retreat helped facilitate the operations of Massey’s Clinical Research Affiliation Network, which acts to bring clinical trials to eight affiliated community hospitals and oncology practices in Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, Metro Richmond, South Hill and Winchester. 

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Combating colorectal cancer: Massey expands its colorectal cancer team, preventative services and treatment options

A variety of factors have contributed to parts of eastern and southern Virginia having some of the highest colorectal cancer death rates in the nation. Massey is working to reverse this trend by expanding it's care team, offering cutting-edge treatment options and working to improve the health of at-risk communities. 

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