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Issue highlights
Introducing Ray of Hope
New innovative research
Massey is recognized for top achievements
Welcoming new leaders in clinical research
Summer heat tips for cancer patients
Upcoming events

For a full listing of Massey's seminars and events, visit the online events calendar.  
Tuesday, Aug. 20

Pink Ribbons of Hope Meadowbrook Golf Tournament

Golf and games are the highlights of this wonderful Pink Ribbons of Hope event benefiting breast cancer research at Massey. While teams play a captain's choice scramble on the course, foursomes pair up at the clubhouse for bridge, gin or other fun card games. 


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Saturday, Aug. 24

Ride for Jim

Join us at Farm Fest and help raise funds to support the sixth annual Ride for Jim. This fun-filled event combines a bike ride in Hanover County, live music, barbecue and beer, all benefiting Massey.  


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Thursday, Sept. 5

Living Well with Cancer: Building 
Resilience is understood as the ability to bounce back and recover from adversities, setbacks and disruptions. Join Massey for a free presentation on identifying what resiliency means, how to build resiliency, identifying individual protective factors, further developing support and identifying positive coping skills. 

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Sept. 12-29
Massey Street of Dreams

Join us for a 12-day special event featuring designer-furnished new homes. The showcase homes display the latest in interior decorating ideas, trends and innovations in the new homes industry with an emphasis on unique new designs and creative interior merchandising. Proceeds benefit Massey.


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Saturday, Sept. 21

Massey on the River


Join us for one last summer event! With the backdrop of the James River at the historic Rocketts Landing, enjoy music by Three Sheets to the Wind, great food, craft beer and local wines, with an enticing silent auction, friends and games--all to benefit Massey.


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Issue: 6
Summer 2013


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Novel therapeutic target shows promise for bladder cancer detection and treatment


New evidence from preclinical experiments led by Massey researchers Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D., and Santanu Dasgupta, Ph.D., has shown that a gene known as melanoma differentiation associated gene-9/syntenin could be used as a therapeutic target to kill bladder cancer cells, help prevent metastasis and even be used to non-invasively diagnose the disease and monitor its progression. Read more.
Biodegradable implant may lessen side effects of radiation for prostate cancer patients
Results from an international Phase 1 clinical trial show that a device known as the BioProtect Balloon Implant has the potential to significantly reduce rectal injury, a side effect caused by unwanted radiation exposure that can leave men with compromised bowel function following treatment. Read more


Massey ranked top cancer center in Virginia


For the second year in a row, Massey was rated the top provider in Virginia for high-performing cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals list. Massey received the highest score in cancer care of the 20 Virginia cancer providers that made the list. Read more.
Massey's bone marrow transplant unit receives Beacon Award for Excellence
Massey's inpatient bone marrow transplant (BMT) unit is the first of its kind in the nation to earn the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Beacon Award for Excellence. The highly regarded award recognizes individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. Read more.

Massey welcomes new leaders in clinical research

This summer, Massey welcomed two new leaders: Charles Geyer, M.D., F.A.C.P., and Khalid Matin, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Geyer will serve as associate director for clinical research. In this role, he will oversee the development of and play a key role in defining the strategic vision of oncology clinical trials at Massey. He will collaborate with laboratory and clinical investigators in the center's various scientific programs as well as with its oncology clinicians to fashion a clinical trials menu that reflects both the strengths of Massey's science and the cancer burden of its patients. Read more

Matin joined Massey as the medical director of community oncology and clinical research affiliations. In this role, he will oversee the center's partnerships with third-party hospitals and oncology practices to provide Massey's first-rate medical oncology services throughout Virginia. He will also manage a quality clinical trials program for the center's statewide Clinical Research Affiliation Network. Read more

Geyer and Matin will work closely together in the center's newest hub for cancer research, the Massey Research Pavillion
How can I stay safe from the summer heat?

Summer can be tough on cancer patients, but with a little planning and protection, you can still enjoy the season. Read more for our "beat the heat" tips to help keep yourself or your loved one cool this summer.

Momentum is published by VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Alaina Farrish

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