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January 2022

Director’s Update

Dear <<Greeting>>,

Happy 2022. As we look ahead to a new year of cancer research and innovation at Massey, I can’t help but reflect on the incredible strides we made in 2021, to move us all toward a future without cancer. With the opening of the Adult Outpatient Pavilion, we are bringing the future of cancer care to central Virginians today. Massey is the recipient of notable national science grants, and we are poised for more in the coming year. We expanded our clinical trials program. And we showed up for our communities all across Virginia.

I mean it when I say that, together, we are one team and one fight against cancer. It’s going to be another great year. Are you ready?


Robert A. Winn, M.D.
Director and Lipman Chair in Oncology, VCU Massey Cancer Center
Senior Associate Dean for Cancer Innovation, VCU School of Medicine

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Learn how we are improving health
Follow the progress of the new Massey location, from concept to reality

Follow the progress of the new Massey location, from concept to reality

The December opening of VCU Health’s 17-story Adult Outpatient Pavilion, which houses a new Massey Cancer Center location for oncology and hematology services, began a new era at Massey and our quest to make world-class health care available and accessible to all. This photo and video gallery is a visual history of the Adult Outpatient Pavilion, from early 2017 before construction had even begun through opening day Dec. 6, 2021.
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It’s simple. Clinical trials save lives.
It’s simple. Clinical trials save lives.
In a new video, Massey researchers, clinicians and patients share the importance of clinical trials. In February, Massey and Women and Wellness will embark on a new $250,000 women’s cancer clinical trials initiative — and we need your support.
Know your family health history
Know your family health history
Familiarity with family health history and staying up to date with cancer screenings can help you and future generations stay healthy. In this video, Massey Director Robert Winn, M.D., and Massey community navigator Barbara Stanfield, RN, explain.

Be Innovative

Check out our latest research news
VCU’s new liver institute offers platform for scientific innovation

VCU’s new liver institute offers platform for scientific innovation

VCU recently established the Institute for Liver Disease and Metabolic Health to meet a very specific vision: as a platform for scientific research and innovation. In a Q&A, Massey researcher Arun Sanyal, M.D. (H.S.’90/M) explains how the institute will foster innovative research to find better treatments for liver disease, including liver cancer.
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‘Where you live, your place and space, matters’
‘Where you live, your place and space, matters’
Massey Director Robert A. Winn, M.D., delivered the keynote address at two prominent lung cancer meetings this winter to address disparities in lung cancer screenings and outcomes: at the American Cancer Society National Lung Cancer Roundtable in December and at the Association of Cancer Executives’ 28th Annual Meeting in January. “[Your zip code] matters,” Winn said. “Where you live, your place and space, matters.” Massey and Winn have emerged as national leaders in cancer health equity.
New community seed grant program
Massey awards American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants
“If we truly want to change the trajectory of health inequities and cancer outcomes for all Virginians, as is our mission at Massey, we need to continually expand our ability to work collaboratively with community organizations to achieve this shared goal,” said Debbie Chatman Bryant, DNP, RN, Massey’s executive director of operations, community outreach and engagement.

The new Massey Cancer Center Community Grant Program will help community partners expand programs focused on the promotion of health, health equity, person-centered care across the cancer continuum, from prevention through survivorship, and on reducing suffering from cancer.

Be Inspired

Meet the people who inspire us
Larger than life: Annual ScucciFest turns loss into hope in the fight against lung cancer

Bone marrow transplant patient and her doctor run Richmond Marathon together

At age 32, Mary Becker is a bone marrow transplant recipient and a marathoner, which is no easy feat. In November, the Chesapeake, Virginia, resident ran the 26.2-mile Richmond Marathon alongside Gary Simmons, D.O. (H.S.’16/M), the doctor who performed a bone marrow transplant to treat her severe anemia two years earlier. “I jokingly asked him to sign up, and I didn’t think that he actually would,” Becker said.
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Support advances in cancer research
The Massey Challenge

2022 Massey Challenge: Running toward a future without cancer

The Massey Challenge is back April 23, with in-person and remote options, and Massey Director Robert Winn, M.D., is issuing a challenge. Winn, who regularly advocates for staying active and staying current with cancer screenings and prevention, is running toward a future without cancer by captaining a Massey Challenge team. And he wants you to join him. Sign up to create or join a Massey Challenge team at TeamMassey/MasseyChallenge2022. Register for the Monument Avenue 10K and make your miles matter.
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Register for the Feb. 8 Women and Wellness virtual book club event
Register for the Feb. 8 Women and Wellness virtual book club event
Register now for Women and Wellness on Feb. 8, featuring cancer survivor and author Suleika Jaouad. Because of the omicron variant, the event has shifted to a virtual book club; registrants also are invited to an evening celebration at The Jefferson Hotel on June 15.
Massey Alliance: Giving back and making a difference
Massey Alliance: Giving back and making a difference
The Massey Alliance, Massey’s young professionals board, was at it again during the holiday season, spreading joy to families facing cancer, with the donation of $2,000 in gift cards and “Christmas Family” gifts for cancer patients’ families. In February, you can join them and give the gift of life by donating blood. There’s a critical shortage right now, and you can help.
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