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Medical student keeps up academics and diversity work in spite of his own cancer diagnosis

As a medical student at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Omar Salman had learned a lot about cancer: from what goes wrong at the cellular level to cause it as well as patient risk factors and treatment options.

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Graduating cancer survivor embraces a career as an artist

Sandy Williams IV found his niche at the University of Virginia. The fourth-year student spends hours in Ruffin Hall.

Virginia Tech doctoral student shares cancer research with high school students

Brittany Balhouse originally planned to study civil engineering, but a career fair exhibit on biomedical engineering captured her attention.


Chris Dewald: Colon cancer for caregivers

Hello, my friends. This is a difficult subject as I had written about my own dealings with cancer.

Researchers closer to understanding how certain cancers resist treatment

An international team has discovered that an abnormal amount of chromosomes may be why certain cancers resist medical treatment.

Augusta Health Events Calendar – April 2016

2016 calendar for Augusta Health including blood pressure screening, Kid’s Day, Lunch and Learn, screenings, classes and support group information.

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Financial burdens affect health, quality of life for cancer survivors

Cancer survivors with financial difficulties have a higher risk of depressed mood and psychological distress.

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Augusta Health Events Calendar – March 2016

2016 calendar for Augusta Health including blood pressure screening, Kid’s Day, Lunch and Learn, screenings, classes and support group information.

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UVA Cancer Center: HPV vaccine critical for cancer prevention

UVA Cancer Center has joined the 68 other National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in releasing a statement supporting vaccination against human papillomavirus to help prevent HPV-related cancers.

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Randy Forbes: Trailblazing a cure

The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act, which I’ve cosponsored, expands opportunities for childhood cancer research.

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Prostate cancer discovery may make it easier to kill cancer cells

A newly discovered connection between two common prostate cancer treatments may soon make prostate cancer cells easier to destroy.

SunTrust supports Cancer Services Bridge Fund at Augusta Health

Vic Gilchrist, senior vice president, commercial banking, at SunTrust, presents a check for $5,000 to Augusta Health Foundation Executive Tami Radecke to support the Cancer Services Bridge Fund.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists take first up-close look at activity in human breast cancer cells

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientist Deborah Kelly has developed a new set of tools to peer into the active world of cancer cells at unprecedented resolution.

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UVA study IDs dramatic benefits of weight-loss surgery

A study evaluating the effects of bariatric surgery on obese women most at risk for cancer has found that the weight-loss surgery slashed participants’ weight by a third and eliminated precancerous uterine growths in those that had them.

Virginia Tech scientist furthering research field of structural oncology to study BRCA1 mutations

Deborah Kelly, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently awarded a $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, to develop an innovative technique to investigate what causes proteins to err.

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Cancer: Cell discovery may fundamentally alter treatment

University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have discovered a new strategy for attacking cancer cells that could fundamentally alter the way doctors treat and prevent the deadly disease.

Richmond International Raceway goes gold to honor Jeff Gordon and support childhood cancer awareness

September is national Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and patients, families, researchers and charities, including the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and Richmond International Raceway, are rallying to bring awareness and raise funds for childhood cancer research, treatment, patient support and survivorship issues.

Virginia Tech researchers show cancer markers may arise early during human development

Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech have uncovered a link between the genomes of cells originating in the neural crest and development of tumors — a discovery that could lead to new ways to diagnose and treat cancer.

Virginia Tech student investigates how environmental stress could promote tumor cell growth

In a well-lit laboratory on the southwest side of campus, Virginia Tech undergraduate Kimberly Soto-Alvarado focused a high-resolution microscope on a bright orange liquid in a small clear flask.

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Strange circular DNAs may offer way to detect cancers

Strange rings of DNA that exist outside chromosomes are distinct to the cell types that mistakenly produced them, researchers have discovered. The finding raises the tantalizing possibility that the rings could be used as an indicator of different types of cancer.

Virginia Tech cancer biologists find a key that may unlock how tumors form and progress

An international team of scientists, led by a Virginia Tech researcher, determined that the number of chromosomes in a cell may be a key to understanding how cancer forms and progresses – a finding that could help inform new treatments.

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Life-saving breast cancer drugs going untaken in Appalachia, study finds

Nearly a third of breast cancer survivors in Appalachia are not taking the critical, potentially life-saving follow-up treatment – despite having insurance that would pay for it, a troubling new study has found.

ODU basketball coach Jeff Jones diagnosed with prostate cancer

Old Dominion University head men’s basketball coach Jeff Jones has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery to treat it, ODU announced today.

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Four cancer charities charged with bilking over $187 million from consumers

Attorney General Mark Herring today joined the Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia to announce that they have charged four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers.

‘Junk DNA’ holds key to a new detection method for ovarian cancer

Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute of Virginia Tech have discovered new possibilities for detecting ovarian cancer using microsatellite variations.

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UVA study: Cancer diagnoses will rise as population ages

Cancer is a leading cause of death in Virginia and researchers at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service project that the rate of growth in new cancer cases will far outpace the growth of the population in the next 25 years, due to the overall aging of the population.

Wearable device slows deadly brain tumors, clinical trial finds

A wearable device that emits low-level electrical fields can slow the progression of glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer, and extend patients’ lifespans, a major clinical trial at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and more than 80 other institutions has found.

Common cancers highjack powerhouses of cells, UVA finds

In a breakthrough in the understanding of how cancer does its deadly work, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have shown that many cancers – including nearly all pancreatic cancers – enslave and deform mitochondria, the powerhouses of cells, to create an environment more conducive to tumor growth.


VCU professor receives Fulbright award for cancer research in France

Scott Gronert, Ph.D., a chemistry professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award to work with researchers in France on a new process that could help surgeons more accurately remove cancerous cells.

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UVA Cancer Center joins national research network seeking more personalized treatments

UVA Cancer Center is now one of six U.S. cancer centers in a national cancer research network that aims to develop more personalized treatments for cancer.

A Virginia Tech engineering approach aids Georgetown breast cancer researchers

Biologists working with engineers and physicists have found a molecule they said helps determine if breast cancer cells that are resistant to antiestrogen therapy will live or die.

Electricity delivers therapy to tumors in potentially new cancer treatment

A team of researchers has devised a new way to target tumors with cancer-fighting drugs, a discovery that may lead to clinical treatments for cancer patients.

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UVA discovers key to cancer’s spread

In a breakthrough in the understanding of how cancer spreads, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified a substance secreted by lung cancer cells that enables them to metastasize, beginning their deadly march to other sites in the body.

UVA honored among 100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs

Becker’s Hospital Review has named University of Virginia Medical Center to its 2014 list of “100 hospitals with great women’s health programs.”

Waynesboro Generals donate money to American Cancer Society to support play-by-play broadcaster

WKDW Country Club host Kris Neil has served as the play-by-play broadcaster for the two-time defending Valley League champion Waynesboro Generals the past two summers.


VCU physician-researcher to help advise the nation on preventive care

Alex Krist, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and population health at VCU, today was appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.


Protein ID’d as possible universal therapeutic target for multiple infections, including Ebola

A protein called GRP78 could be a universal therapeutic target for treating human diseases like brain cancer, Ebola, Influenza, Hepatitis and superbug bacteria such as MRSE and MRSA, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led pre-clinical study published this month in the Journal of Cellular Physiology.

Earth Talk: Avoiding harmful food additives

More than 10,000 food additives are approved for use in the U.S., despite potential health implications. Some are “direct additives” deliberately formulated into processed food; others are “indirect,” that is, finding their way into food during processing, storage or packaging.

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Randy Forbes: Three lessons for the new Congress

In the New Year, a new Congress will be sworn in to the 114th Congress. Five hundred thirty-five members will stand with their right hands raised, as mandated by Article VI of the Constitution, to pledge by oath to uphold our Constitution.

Fluid flow research may unlock cancer secrets

Sometimes, good health might be all about the fluids. In the human body, the channels that fluids take as they migrate through tissues can impact a person’s health. Abnormal fluid flow can help account for the development or progression of diseases, such as cancer.

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UVA cell biologist to lead Microsoft founder’s $100 million cell science institute

UVA cell biologist Rick Horwitz has been named executive director of a new $100 million institute created by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to investigate and model the complex living machinery of cells.

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UVA study: Breast density helps better predict breast cancer risk

A new study from UVA Cancer Center found that adding a measurement of breast density better predicts women’s risk for breast cancer. I

Virginia Tech researchers find a relationship between sleep cycle, cancer incidence

People who work around the clock could actually be setting themselves back, according to Virginia Tech biologists.


Governor McAuliffe statement on Board of Health regulatory action vote

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today after the Virginia Board of Health voted to adopt a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action to review regulations on Virginia women’s health clinics.

Virginia Tech students unite to fight cancer

Virginia Tech fraternity Alpha Tau Omega Theta Delta chapter has selected Cycling4aCure as its official philanthropy.

Cancer discovery: Compounds found to block key cancer driver

Researchers have identified promising compounds to inhibit a key driver of many forms of the disease, including lung, prostate, colon, bladder and pancreatic cancer.


American Red Cross, Suburban Propane partnership expansion fuels blood donations

The first “Fuel Your Community” campaign between the American Red Cross and Suburban Propane in October helped collect thousands of lifesaving blood and platelet donations.

Staunton non-profit website launches a new way to give

“Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe.” This statement is the hallmark of the newly launched non-profit website and charitable service, Giv2Giv.org.

Another perspective on Brittany Maynard

God forbid I ever have to face what Brittany Maynard had to face, whether to end her life on her terms or endure a certain, painful death as her inoperable brain tumor ran its course.

VMI women’s soccer raises over $2,300 for ACS

VMI women’s soccer raised over $2,300 for the American Cancer Society in a recent fundraiser, according to information released by the team earlier this week.