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Issue highlights
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle for cancer survivors
Clinical trial for preventing gynecologic cancer recurrence
Massey staff recognized as Hometown Healthcare Heroes
Massey gets a new logo
Screening guidelines for cancer survivors

A portion of 11th Street will close for construction from June 17 to August 30 as VCU Medical Center makes way for the new Children's Pavilion. Find out more. 
Upcoming events

For a full listing of Massey's seminars and events, visit the online events calendar.  
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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More sessions available on

June 613 and 20


Thursday, June 6
Lunch & Learn:
Guided Imagery

Guided imagery is a technique used to help lessen the effects of stress on the body and, in some cases, reduce pain. Join us at our Stony Point location for a brown bag lunch centered around learning about guided imagery for patients, survivors and caregivers. 


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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 to benefit Massey.


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Issue: 5
June 2013


National Cancer Survivors Day is almost here. Happy Survivors Day! Please connect with Massey on Facebook or Twitter and let us know how you're celebrating that day.  

Cancer survivorship begins at the time of diagnosis and continues throughout the rest of a patient's life. There are three different phases of cancer survivorship: living with, living through and living beyond cancer. Living with cancer refers to the time between a cancer diagnosis and any treatment that may follow. Living through cancer is the period following treatment in which cancer recurrence is more potentially possible. Living beyond cancer refers to post-treatment and long-term survivorship.

Each phase of survivorship has a unique set of obstacles, but one issue is important throughout: maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle enhances quality of life for cancer survivors


According to the American Cancer Society, more than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices.

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Clinical trial opens for prevention of gynecologic cancer recurrence

A nationwide phase III clinical trial opened at Massey that is the first to study if diet and exercise can affect cancer recurrence in women treated for ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer. Read more.

Veteran survives two wars and advanced stage esophageal cancer


Hopewell military veteran Alan Daugherty survived Desert Storm

and Vietnam, but little did he know that he was also battling another war: cancer. 


Daugherty underwent a life-saving surgery only offered locally at Massey. Read more.

Novel brain cancer drug significantly extends survival in preclinical studies


A novel drug may help increase the effectiveness of radiation therapy for the most deadly form of brain cancer, show laboratory studies at Massey. Read more

Massey staff members recognized in local magazine

In the May 2013 issue of

Our Health Richmond

magazine, four Massey staff members were recognized as "Hometown Healthcare Heroes."
They are Donna Cox, manager of the Magical Touch Salon; John McCarty, M.D., medical director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program; Ellie Coyne, volunteer coordinator for the Thomas Palliative Care Unit; and Mandy Gatesman, Pharm.D., oncology pharmacist. Read more
Introducing Massey's new logo

As part of VCU's new university-wide branding initiative, Massey is 
pleased to introduce our new logo. The new identity mark incorporates the updated VCU seal, as well as Massey's iconic "sunburst." 
Are screening guidelines different for cancer survivors?
Yes, screening guidelines are different for cancer survivors because survivors are at greater risk of recurrence and of developing second cancers. 
Cancer recurrence is defined by the American Cancer Society as the return of cancer after treatment and after a period of time during which the cancer cannot be detected.
Since the risk of recurrence differs for each survivor, it is important to talk with your physician about what screening guidelines are appropriate for you. 
Momentum is published by VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Alaina Farrish

If you have questions about cancer, cancer treatments or survivorship, please ASK MASSEY.

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