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$10M grant to VCU to develop new cancer treatments

largest in Virginia, with 106 faculty and staff. Its chairman, Mitchell Anscher, M.D., is a nationally recognized expert in radiation treatment for prostate cancer.

Massey's treatment facilities and capabilities include:

  • Trilogy combined with ExacTrac, a first-in-the-world combination of the most advanced image guidance and X-ray positioning that accounts for patients' breathing movements on the treatment couch.

  • Brachytherapy Suites with advanced imaging-science computational techniques. Brachytherapy involves seed implants to deliver radiation over time.

  • Cone-beam x-ray computed tomography imaging (CBCT)

  • Deformable image registration (DIR)

  • Biological imaging for target delineation

  • 4-D intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) treatment delivery

  • Probablistic IMRT optimization

NCI Project Program Grants: Few and Far Between

About a dozen leading institutions in the United States hold NCI Project Program Grants for radiation oncology. Of these, only VCU's Massey Cancer Center and Massachusetts General Hospital have grants in both biology and physics within their radiation oncology programs. These grants tend to lead to proof-of-concepts and new standards of treatment for cancer treatment nationwide.

The other radiation oncology NCI Project Program Grant at Massey is titled "Genetic Modulation of Cellular Radiation Response," which is now in its eighth year under the leadership of Kristoffer Valerie, Ph.D. The IGART project will involve the contributions of dozens of researchers at VCU. In addition to Williamson, principal investigators include radiation oncology faculty members Jeffrey Siebers, Ph.D.; Martin Murphy, Ph.D.; Nesrin Dogan, Ph.D.; and Paul Keall, Ph.D., an adjunct professor at VCU who is also director of radiation oncology physics at Stanford University.


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Contact: Andrea Butler
albutler@vcu.edu
804-628-2111
Virginia Commonwealth University
8-May-2007


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