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Oncology
Cancer Support Services at Virginia Hospital Center

A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating. But today, you have greater hope for recovery than ever before. Advances in diagnostics, treatments and procedures are helping people with cancer live longer, healthier and happier lives. Virginia Hospital Center's advanced medical care and personal attention empower you to face the physical and emotional challenges of cancer, so that you can continue to lead a full and rewarding life.

Certified as a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons, Virginia Hospital Center offers the important advantages of a research and teaching facility. Our physicians have significant experience with many types of cancer, and their expertise is enhanced by the Hospital's commitment to providing the latest in cancer-fighting medical technology.

The goals of Virginia Hospital Center's Cancer Program are to help you heal and return to full health by giving you hope and treating you as a whole person: body, mind and soul. Three important components of the Hospital's Cancer Program are the Cancer Resource Center, Patient Navigator and Breast Health Coordinator.

The Cancer Resource Center

The Cancer Resource Center is located on the ground floor of the Rose Benté Lee Ostapenko Outpatient Oncology Center. When visiting the Center, park in Green Parking.

The Cancer Resource Center at Virginia Hospital Center provides patients, families and the community with resources and services that address cancer
prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and support.
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Barbra Marcus Kolton Cancer Resource Library

The Cancer Resource Library, dedicated in 2007 in memory of Barbra Marcus Kolton, is a welcoming place for patients and family members to get information and support. The library, located in the Cancer Resource Center, includes free pamphlets and brochures, periodicals, and books that can be checked out for 30-day periods, as well as internet access to medical data bases for information about cancers and their treatment. Periodicals or excerpts from reference books can be copied for users by staff or Cancer Resource Center volunteers.

Patient Navigator

The Patient Navigator Program is a complimentary service that expands the oncology support provided by Virginia Hospital Center. We recognize that a diagnosis of cancer often leaves patients and families overwhelmed by the many decisions to be made concerning treatment and care.
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Kerstin Perini,
Oncology Patient Navigator

Ongoing Support Groups

No one understands what a cancer patient is feeling and thinking as well as another cancer patient.

Realizing this, the Cancer Resource Center offers a wide array of support groups and programs that give the patients and their families the opportunity to gather and share.
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Classes, Workshops & Events

All Programs are free to participants.

Under the Class & Events Calendar heading you'll find our Oncology Support Groups & Classes, which details the many events coming up at Virginia Hospital Center specifically for cancer patients. The American Cancer Society works closely with the Cancer Center to offer several of these programs and groups, in addition to hosting an Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Conference at Virginia Hospital Center.

Breast Health Coordinator

The Breast Health Coordinator provides complimentary education, moral support and other services to patients and their families throughout their breast health care continuum. In addition to being an educational resource, the Breast Health Coordinator accompanies patients to Women's Imaging and Nuclear Medicine to ensure that the patient receives needed attention and encouragement.
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Jean T. Sullivan,
RN, BSN Oncology Nurse, Certified Breast Health Coordinator

NEW!STAR Program®

Helping Cancer Survivors Overcome the Effects of Treatment. Read more

Spiritual Counseling

The Department of Pastoral Care at Virginia Hospital Center is available to provide support for patients and families. The staff is skilled in helping people to tap into their own spiritual resources, and can also help secure the services of religious leaders from a vast array of faith communities.

The Director of Pastoral Care is the Rev. Dr. Graham Bardsley.

Contact Info: 703.558.6128

Mon - Fri, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Helpful Resources

A cancer diagnosis can be a frightening and stressful time for both the patient and the family. The more you know about the diagnosis, treatment, side effects and coping strategies, the better you can deal with the disease.
Some resources to help you

Contact Info

For more information, call Kathy Dorner, Director of Oncology Support Services at 703.558.5555.

1701 N. George Mason Drive | Arlington, VA 22205-3698 | tel 703.558.5000
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