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Issue highlights
How to perform a skin self-exam
Massey physicians voted Top Docs
Massey Challenge raises $500,000 for cancer research
Gifts in tribute to Mother's and Father's Day
How do I choose which level of sunscreen protection is right for me?
Upcoming events

For a full listing of Massey's seminars and events, visit the online events calendar.  
Thursday, May 2
Lunch & Learn:
Yoga, a useful tool

Join Angela Rathbun, a certified RYT 200 yoga instructor and clinical research associate at Massey, as she gives a 20-minute presentation on the benefits of yoga, followed by a 40-minute lunch social where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss what they learned. 


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Thursday, May 16
Secret Garden Party

The 4th Annual Secret Garden Party is a progressive cocktail party featuring five gardens in historic downtown Richmond, including Massey's healing garden.


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Thursday, May 30

Living Well with Cancer: Yoga for Survivors

Join VCU researcher and yoga instructor Mary Shall, P.T., Ph.D., for a series of four free yoga classes at the Downtown YMCA. These classes are designed to benefit cancer patients, survivors and caregivers, and registration preference will be given to them.  


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June 613 and 20


Saturday, June 8

Moonlight Magic


Join the Massey Alliance at the 11th Annual Moonlight Magic at James River Cellars. Enjoy wine, craft beer, music and gourmet cuisine, as well as exciting silent and live auctions.


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Issue: 4
May 2013

As May brings warmer weather and we spend more time outdoors in the sun, it also marks Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month. 


Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. Fortunately,

you can significantly reduce your risk of skin cancer by limiting your skin's exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds. Skin cancer is also treatable when found early.


How to perform a skin self-exam 


Both regular exams by your doctor and checking your skin frequently, preferably once a month, through a self-exam can help find skin cancer early. Skin self-exams are best done in a well-lit room in front of a full-length mirror. Consider asking another person to help you with the exam, especially for those hard-to-see areas like your back and scalp. 

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to perform a skin self-exam.


Clinical trials seek to enhance the treatments and quality of life for melanoma patients 


Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that begins in the melanocytes, which are the cells that give skin its tan or brown color. Melanoma is much less common than basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers, but it is far more dangerous. Early-stage melanomas can often be treated effectively with surgery alone, but more advanced cancers often require other treatments. Massey is currently conducting clinical trials evaluating the latest therapies for melanoma. 


An international phase III clinical trial is comparing the effects of two melanoma drugs: ipilimumab, a drug which has been shown to have anti-tumor activity in advanced melanoma, and interferon alpha-2b, which has been shown to reduce the risk of melanoma returning in a portion of patients. Another phase II clinical trial is studying a combination therapy of the experimental drugs AZD6244 hydrogen sulfate and MK-2206 on patients who have a genetic mutation called B-Raf gene, which causes their melanoma to be untreatable by surgery. Learn more.


New cancer "vaccine" shows future promise in treating and preventing metastatic cancers


Preclinical, laboratory studies at Massey of melanoma, prostate and colon tumors suggest a novel immunotherapy could potentially work like a vaccine against metastatic cancers. Research findings show the therapy could treat metastatic cancers and be used in combination with current cancer therapies while helping to prevent the development of new metastatic tumors and train specialized immune system cells to guard against cancer relapse. Read more.



Massey docs top the list in a range of specialties 


Massey physicians were recognized as "Top Docs" in Richmond Magazine's April 2013 issue. Topping the list were 34 doctors from varied specialties who provide oncology-related care to Massey's patients. The selections were the result of a survey that asked Richmond-area physicians who they would recommend in a range of specialties.Check out the list of Massey physicians recognized.



10K participants and fundraisers meet the challenge


Thank you to everyone who participated in the HDL, Inc. Massey Challenge! Together we reached our $500,000 goal to support Massey's monumental fight against cancer. 


Mother's Day and Father's Day Tribute Cards

Massey invites you to celebrate your loved one with a donation supporting life-saving research. For each $25 donation, we will send a customized card notifying the honoree of your gift. View the full selection of cards.

How do I choose which level of sunscreen protection is right for me?
As the weather warms, the shelves of department, pharmacy and grocery stores are lined with bottles of sunscreen, one claiming to provide more protection than the next. How do you choose which level of protection is right for you?

In this month's "Ask Massey," we answer the following burning questions about sunscreen:
  • How much SPF do I need?
  • What does "broad spectrum" mean?
  • How do I properly apply sunscreen?
  • What is the difference between sunscreen and sunblock?
  • Are there natural sunscreen/sunblock alternatives?
Momentum is published by VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Alaina Farrish

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