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VCU Massey Cancer Center awarded $2.4 million grant from Virginia Tobacco Commission
Date:10/28/2010

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center recently was awarded a two-year, $2.4 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (Tobacco Commission) to expand the breadth of the center's community involvement and to grow its state-of-the-art clinical research and cancer specialist delivery system. That delivery system is already in place in communities across Virginia, such as in the Lynchburg, Fredericksburg and Newport News areas.

The award builds upon a previous grant of $1 million that the Tobacco Commission awarded to VCU Massey in 2008. The first grant supported Massey in bringing its nationally recognized cancer clinical trials and prevention and control research to Southside and Southwest Virginia through a new cancer research community outreach program.

The latest grant will support VCU Massey in expanding that work. Specifically, it provides funding for the extension of Massey's cancer prevention and control and epidemiologic research initiatives into the Virginia Southside and Southwest tobacco counties. It also helps fund the expansion of a health information literacy program for the citizens of those communities, as well as the implementation of a comprehensive cancer needs assessment to identify gaps in cancer services and then to mobilize resources to meet the identified cancer needs of those counties.

"The ultimate goal of our community outreach work is to reduce the suffering and death from cancer for citizens throughout the Commonwealth," said Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., Director of VCU Massey Cancer Center. "We are grateful for the Tobacco Commission's support of these efforts, and we are pleased that through their partnership, we can bring Massey's experts and top-notch cancer care to Virginia's predominately rural areas, where we are most needed because cancer mortality rates are higher there than elsewhere in the country."

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Contact: Jenny Owen
jrowen2@vcu.edu
804-628-2111
Virginia Commonwealth University
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