Long known as an exceptional cancer resource for the Richmond region, Massey is also dedicated to extending the most advanced cancer treatments and innovative research throughout Virginia. Recent increases in support from the state General Assembly, along with funding from the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (TICRC), have helped broaden Massey’s reach far beyond Richmond to almost every corner of the Commonwealth. These statewide initiatives are providing resources for health education, assessing community cancer needs and increasing opportunities for those facing cancer to participate in clinical trials and cancer prevention and control research. (Click map to enlarge it.)
Empowering rural communities
The Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia in Danville facilitates the availability of local, state and national cancer assistance programs for individuals living within the southern regions of the Commonwealth. The Center identifies specific services of value to residents affected by cancer through the guidance of a Cancer Task Force composed of local cancer care providers, community organizations and health district leaders, all in partnership with Massey. The Center connects individuals to resources like transportation to medical appointments, organizations providing co-payment assistance and providers for the uninsured.
Providing health information at Virginians’ fingertips
Massey’s Health Information & Advocacy @ Your Library program makes reliable and accurate information about cancer and other health topics readily available through an online portal and at ten Southside Virginia county library systems.
Engaging underserved communities
In underserved communities like Petersburg that have extremely high cancer incidence and mortality rates, Massey researchers are conducting town hall meetings to develop long-term, evidence-based programs to address community needs.
Increasing access to innovative research and clinical trials
Massey is expanding its cutting-edge cancer therapies and groundbreaking research to more Virginians through its network of affiliations with community hospitals and oncology practices. These satellite facilities and partnerships give more residents greater access to clinical trials, genetic counseling, telemedicine and cancer prevention and control research, which is related to behavioral, policy, organizational and environmental factors that affect cancer risk, diagnosis, treatment, survival and quality of life.