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Cancer Treatments

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital is an accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Using the latest advances in medicine, we provide comprehensive cancer treatments to our patients, including surgery, chemotherapy, biotherapy, infusion therapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy and radiofrequency ablation.

Some cancer care hospitals require you to visit multiple buildings across Richmond for different cancer treatments throughout your journey. At Johnston-Willis Hospital, we house our treatment services under one roof to make things easier for you. We also offer convenient parking options, including a free valet and designated parking for patients undergoing treatment.

Surgery remains a key component of cancer care and the most common treatment for many patients. In addition to tumor removal surgery, surgeons may perform other procedures to diagnose cancer, support cancer-related procedures (such as inserting a chemotherapy port) or reconstruct damaged tissue.

The specialists and surgical oncologists at Johnston-Willis maintain high standards of practice and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, intervention and lifelong follow-up. You’ll have access to the most up-to-date surgical services for cancer, including:

To support your active life beyond your illness, we offer both inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy and infusion therapy.

Chemotherapy and biotherapy use powerful medications to treat cancer by destroying cancer cells or stopping them from growing. These medications can be delivered in several ways, including orally or via IV therapy, intrathecal administration, or intramuscular, subcutaneous or intra-arterial injection.

Infusion therapy delivers medications through a catheter. Some therapies deliver medication to all cells, and some procedures focus on a specific organ or location in the body. Targeted therapies direct medications to a specific site and destroy cancer cells with an intense dose of the chosen drug while sparing nearby tissue.

Immunotherapy provides medication to stimulate or boost a person's immune system to destroy cancer cells. It can also help the immune system recognize and fight the tumor. This is a new field of cancer treatment with many exciting developments for many cancers.

Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to minimize or kill cancer cells. Our comprehensive cancer care program in a variety of to provide treatment that meets your specific needs. Types of radiation therapy we offer include external-beam radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy and brachytherapy (internal radiation therapy).

Johnston-Willis is the only hospital in Central Virginia to have and use the Gamma Knife® Perfexion (a minimally invasive stereotactic radiosurgery tool used to treat certain brain tumors and other diseases in the brain). This type of radiation therapy is painless, and because there is no incision, recovery time is reduced. Most patients leave the hospital the same day as the treatment.

We also offer Trilogy image-guided radiation therapy. Trilogy is one of the most innovative radiation therapy tools available today. It combines image guidance technology with one of the most powerful, precise radiation beams available. As a result, Trilogy targets tumors more precisely than other options and shortens treatment times.

A minimally invasive treatment, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) may be provided as an alternative when surgery for certain types of cancer is not the best option. RFA involves inserting a fine needle into the tumor to deliver high-frequency electrical energy, which heats and destroys the tumor without affecting the healthy tissue nearby. Tumor cells die over a period of time following the treatment.