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March 2019

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Despite enduring more than five years of treatments, Dodge Havens continues to paddle through cancer

Despite enduring more than five years of treatments, Dodge Havens continues to paddle through cancer


Coming from a lineage of world-class canoeists, Dodge Havens has always made sports a part of his life. Undeterred by more than five years of aggressive treatments for stage 4 kidney cancer, he maintains a positive outlook and continues to do the things that bring him joy. Watch as Massey patient Havens describes his experience with cancer and the knowledge he has gained along the way.

From adenocarcinoma to advocacy, the Talleys show together is stronger


Bill Talley, father of three young children, was just 36 years old when he received a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Bill, wife Amie-Anne and Bill’s physician, Massey oncologist Khalid Matin, M.D., recently shared their experience and discussed why it inspired them to advocate for investing in cancer research and to participate in the Massey Challenge.

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“Virtual focus groups” uncover clues to rural and urban HPV vaccination disparities

‘Virtual focus groups’ uncover clues to rural and urban HPV vaccination disparities


Researchers at Massey Cancer Center and Dartmouth College have harnessed the power of social media to understand differences in attitudes about HPV vaccination among parents in rural and urban areas. HPV is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers, and experts warn of an epidemic of head and neck cancers caused by the virus.

Massey researcher awarded $650,000 to study how immune cells affect the spread of breast cancer to the brain
Massey researcher awarded $650,000 to study how immune cells affect the spread of breast cancer to the brain.
Researcher Paula Bos, Ph.D., was awarded two grants to study the impact of regulatory T cells on breast cancer brain metastasis in an effort to develop effective treatment strategies that minimize side effects.


There are no targeted drugs to treat triple-negative breast cancer. A VCU student aims to fix that.
A lack of targeted drugs for triple-negative breast cancer prompts VCU student to explore new therapies.
In the laboratory of Massey Cancer Center researcher Chuck Harrell, Ph.D., VCU M.D.-Ph.D. student Tia Turner is conducting research aimed at uncovering novel drug combinations to treat triple-negative breast cancer.

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Richmond Brunch Weekend Returns March 23-24

Richmond Brunch Weekend returns Saturday and Sunday


As Told Over Brunch and the Massey Alliance have teamed up once again for Richmond Brunch Weekend. Now in its fourth year, Richmond Brunch Weekend has raised more than $55,000 for cancer research at Massey. This year’s event, March 23-24, features more than 50 participating restaurants that have agreed to donate 15 percent of proceeds to Massey Cancer Center.

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