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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. For more information, please click on the links below to expand:

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.

Classes, Workshops & Events

The American Cancer Society works closely with the Cancer Center at Virginia Hospital Center to offer several programs focused on cancer patients. Please search the upcoming classes and events by date and register online or call us.

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. For more information, please click here.

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.

Patient Navigator

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

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.
Contact Rev. Dr. Graham Bardsley, Director of Pastoral Care at 703.558.6128, Mon - Fri, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Survivorship Training and Rehab (STAR®) Program

The Cancer Resource Center

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

Contact Info
  • Phone: 703.558.5555
    Shari Sitron, Director Cancer Support Services
  • Phone: 703.558.6128
    Rev. Dr. Graham Bardsley, Director Pastoral Care
  • Phone: 703.558.5550
    STAR® Program

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