3/6/17 Cancer Research and Resource Centers of Southern Virginia Provide Vital Access to Treatment and Educational Resources

Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

Developing a Diverse Economy in Southern and Southwest Virginia


Centers Recently Received a $458,532 Grant From the Tobacco Commission

Richmond, VA – Cancer Research & Resource Centers of Southern Virginia are outreach arms of VCU Massey Cancer Center. They work hard to improve the health of those living in Southern Virginia through innovative programs and access to top quality care. The centers, located along the Highway 58 corridor, in Lawrenceville and Danville, have received over $2.2 million in Tobacco Commission grant funds since 2008. So far, they have assisted over 1200 cancer patients and held over 800 educational programs and conferences with more than 31,000 participants. The centers operate somewhat differently with Lawrenceville concentrating on working directly with the community and those seeking information and guidance. The Danville office, on the other hand, concentrates its efforts on medical providers by offering professional education and training to ensure the best outcomes for patients. In fact, over 1,200 healthcare professionals have participated in Research & Resource Center events. Residents are encouraged to drop by either center for more information on cancer risk reduction or a particular diagnosis.

Charlotte Litzenberg, Cancer Research & Resource Center of Southern Virginia Coordinator said, “Whether individually or as a group, at one of our offices or in the community, we help people access the information and other resources they need. When faced with what can be an overwhelming diagnosis, identifying trusted and reliable support is not always as easy a task as it should be.”

Delegate Danny Marshall, Tobacco Commission member added, “The Tobacco Commission’s main mission is to help our citizens secure jobs. It takes a healthy workforce to be a successful workforce, which can be counted on by employers. We are pleased to partner with the Massey Cancer Center to assist in providing funding for education and screenings, in order to help workers stay healthy and keep their jobs.”

The Tobacco Commission is committed to developing a diverse economy in Southern and Southwest Virginia. Through its multiple programs including seminars and workshops for the community as well as information and continuing education programs for health care providers, the Cancer Research & Resource Centers are a crucial partner in making Southern Virginia not only a healthier place to live but a desirable location for companies to locate and bring jobs to the region.


Contact: Jordan Butler
Telephone: 804-786-7692
Cell: 757-692-0878
Email: jordan.butler@tic.virginia.gov
Website: www.tic.virginia.gov