Established in 1974, VCU Massey Cancer Centre conducts basic, translational and clinical research, provides state-of-the-art treatments and clinical trials, and promotes cancer prevention and education throughout Virginia. Services include comprehensive oncology care, bone marrow transplants, palliative care, radiation oncology and genetic counselling.
- Acute Care Oncology Unit (28 beds – all private)
- Palliative Care Unit (11 beds – 5 private, 6 semi-private)
- Cellular Immunotherapy and Transplant Unit (21 beds – all private)
- Outpatient Clinics (38 exam rooms, 30 treatment chairs)
- Radiation Oncology Services (3 locations with additional satellites)
- Community Hospital partners in rural areas of the state of Virginia
- Clinical research affiliates throughout the state of Virginia
VCU Massey Cancer Centre is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centre. Clinical care is offered in partnership with VCU Medical Centre, which allows more than 400 clinicians specializing in various types of cancer to treat Massey’s patients. VCU Massey is further designated as a Minority-based Clinical Oncology Program institution, which means its patient population is at least 40 percent minorities.
VCU Massey Cancer Centre pioneered the multi-disciplinary approach regionally to provide the highest level of care. Patients have access to more than 100 clinical trials for cutting-edge cancer treatment methods not available at community hospitals. Massey treats patients at VCU Medical Centre as well as locations throughout Virginia at Stony Point, Hanover, McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Centre, and outreach clinics at Rappahannock General Hospital and Southern Regional Memorial Hospital.
VCU Massey Cancer Centre treats all cancers. Specialities include breast cancers, lung cancers, prostate cancers, leukaemia/lymphoma, gynaecological cancers and cancers of the brain and nervous system. Massey has earned the prestigious Blue Centre of Distinction for its Bone Marrow Transplant Program and for its work with rare and complex cancers.
Palliative and supportive care
VCU Massey Cancer Centre is a national leader in palliative care. Its award-winning program trains clinicians and administrators from hundreds of institutions. Palliative care at Massey consists of an 11-bed inpatient unit. Approximately 50 percent of palliative care patients have cancer. Liberal visiting hours, an environment conducive to children, a large family room with kitchen and pet-friendly policies add to the quality of care. Clinical staff in the palliative care program meet daily to coordinate the needs for each patient and family.