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Cancer Resources

The cancer care and oncology teams at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital provide you with individualized care for your cancer journey from diagnosis through survivorship. When you contact us for information, appointments or treatment, you'll receive a quick response and access to our cancer resources.

As with all of our services, our comprehensive medical teams know you as a unique individual and will approach your care accordingly. We create a personalized plan for your optimal treatment and follow-up, and our oncology nurse navigators guide you every step of the way.

Below, you’ll find more information on some of the cancer resources we provide.

If you need further testing, a biopsy or high-risk counseling, our dedicated oncology nurse navigators will be with you along your journey. They coordinate your care and work closely with you and your doctors so you'll know your options and receive the treatment, care, education and support you need.

Learn more about our nurse navigators.

The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center at Johnston-Willis Hospital was established through a gift from Richmond philanthropists and cancer patients Bill and Barbara Hawthorne, in collaboration with The Hawthorne Cancer Foundation. The center provides cancer patients with comprehensive cancer education, resource materials at no cost, and support services, including support groups. The next time you’re at Johnston-Willis for treatment, visit The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center for a tour and more information.

Lymph node removal for cancer treatment can lead to lymphedema, which is the buildup of fluid that causes swelling, most commonly in the arms and legs. At Johnston-Willis, we offer complete lymphedema services for both lower and upper extremity management including:

  • Evaluation
  • Education
  • Pre-operative measurements and surveillance
  • Treatment
  • Compression garment fitting and training
  • Support and follow-up

Contact our program at (804) 483-5182 for more information. Referrals can be faxed to (804) 483-5180.

Clinical trials can offer cancer patients newer, better and more innovative ways for curing cancer or reducing the impact of cancer treatment. Talk with your doctor to determine whether you qualify for clinical trials or research. We can help you access more clinical trials than any other cancer center in Virginia. We work with Sarah Cannon Research Institute, the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, the Gynecologic Oncology Group, the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, and numerous other surgical companies.

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Look Good, Feel Better is a complimentary program that helps women who experience appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Sessions are held at The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center and other Richmond facilities. Register through the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. For programs held at The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center, please call (804) 483-6048.

As you prepare for cancer surgery, you'll want to learn more about and take advantage of our preoperative education and classes.

The best way to help yourself fight cancer is with the support of family, friends, loved ones, compassionate professionals and others who face the same diagnosis. At Johnston-Willis, you can find the professional services and caring encouragement you need from caregivers and other patients receiving cancer treatment or who are in remission. Our team can also connect you with support groups for cancer survivors, breast cancer, complex gastrointestinal cancers, caregivers and bereavement. We also can direct you to Latino/a-specific support groups.

Nutrition can play an important role in your fight against cancer. Whether you are newly diagnosed, are in active treatment or are adjusting to life after cancer, our Registered Dietitian can help you find the foods that are right for you wherever you are in your cancer journey. Our Registered Dietitian has an office located in the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital and is available for individual consultations to all patients, free of charge.

Please feel free to contact our Registered Dietitian at (804) 483-6047.

Enjoy our Survivors Reflection Garden, located on the east side of campus just outside Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital. The garden is a tranquil and growing space for celebrating life and remembering those whose struggle with cancer has come to an end. Lined with cypress trees and filled with flowering plants and foliage, the site provides a quiet, shaded, brick-trimmed area sprouting a variety of medicinal herbs that have influenced modern medicine and cancer treatment.

For sanctuary, solitude or as a place to gather with family and friends, the reflection garden is open to everyone and can host events throughout the year.

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, life can feel overwhelming and confusing. Trying to deal with medical decisions, treatments and adjusting to living with cancer can be extremely challenging and stressful. Even after the treatments are finished, one is often left with a multitude of emotions, including concerns about the disease recurring. Supportive Counseling can help.

Learn more about:

  • Who it's for
  • Our caregivers' support group