Cancer care resources in Richmond, Virginia

Together with Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute—the global cancer institute of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)—your Johnston-Willis oncology team provides 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.

Let us answer your cancer questions. Call askSarah at (804) 591-4152 to speak to a nurse 24/7.

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

Sarah Cannon - Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital. A Campus of CJW Medical Center.

Johnston-Willis Hospital’s Cancer Resources

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

The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center

The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center provides Johnston-Willis cancer patients with cancer education, support services and resource materials. This resource center was established through a gift from cancer patients and philanthropists Bill and Barbara Hawthorne and The Hawthorne Cancer Foundation.

Lymphedema Program

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 and research

Johnston-Willis Hospital can provide you with more access to clinical trials than any other cancer care facility in Virginia. Our partnership with Sarah Cannon Research Institute—as well as numerous surgical oncology companies—gives Johnston-Willis oncology patients access to clinical trials, which offer more innovative ways to cure cancer and reduce the effects of cancer treatment. Ask your doctor about qualifying for clinical trials and research.

Look Good, Feel Good Program

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.

Preoperative education and classes

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

Cancer support groups

Talking with other patients and families experiencing the same cancer diagnosis as you and your family is helpful throughout your cancer journey. At Johnston-Willis Hospital, we can connect you with specific support groups, such as groups that focus on gastrointestinal cancer, breast cancer, caregiving or bereavement. Ask us about Latino/a-specific support groups.

Consult with a Registered Dietitian

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.

Survivors Reflection Garden

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.

Supportive counseling

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and confused after receiving a cancer diagnosis. There are treatment options to understand and medical decisions to be made. Living with cancer is trying, and life after cancer can still be challenging. Supportive counseling can help both patients and their families through all stages of the cancer journey.

Please feel free to contact our Supportive Counselor at (804) 483-5078.

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Oncology nurse navigators at Johnston-Willis

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is devastating. Often, patients don’t know where to turn for guidance about treatment options. The oncology nurse navigators at Johnston-Willis Hospital are members of your multidisciplinary care team and serve as your advocates and educators from diagnosis through survivorship.

Your nurse navigator will answer your questions, help you understand care options and serve as a resource in many other ways. With a nurse navigator, you and your family will get the personal service you need and deserve.

Our oncology nurse navigators:

  • Improve communication within your healthcare team.
  • Host multidisciplinary cancer conferences to ensure you receive a personalized treatment plan.
  • Help you understand your diagnosis, treatment plans and medications.
  • Connect you to resources available throughout your cancer journey.
  • Provide education around treatment options and clinical trial availability.

Meet your oncology nurse navigators

Below you’ll find information to help you get to know the oncology nurse navigators at Sarah Cannon Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital.

Denise Laine, BSN, RN
Neuroscience Nurse Navigator
Phone: (804) 483-5711

Denise Laine is the brain tumor nurse navigator at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. She has experience as an HCA breast cancer nurse navigator and most recently, served as an RN clinical coordinator/manager at both Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals’ infusion center. Prior to joining HCA, she was a medical case reviewer. Denise provides insight and guidance through the cancer care process including surgical referrals, treatment plans, resources and education.

Barbara Stannard, RN, CN-BN
Breast Imaging Nurse Navigator
Phone: (804) 483-6263

Barbara Stannard is the breast cancer nurse navigator at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. She began working in the inpatient oncology and hospice unit and in outpatient surgery before moving into her role as breast cancer nurse navigator. Caring for breast cancer patients is Barbara’s passion. She provides education and guidance through the breast care continuum, from abnormal screening and surgical referral, to utilizing the entire breast cancer team to take care of all your needs.

Kari Gill, BSN, RN
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital
Gastrointestinal Cancer Nurse Navigator
Phone: (804) 483-5071

Kari Gill is the gastrointestinal cancer nurse navigator at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Kari spent much of her nursing career in medical-surgical and oncology units before moving into her role as gastrointestinal cancer nurse navigator. After a personal experience with cancer, Kari’s focus changed to helping patients and families navigate the complex journey of cancer care. She is a resource whose expertise will guide you in all aspects of your cancer journey.

Jessica Fenner, RN, BSN, OCN
Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator
Phone: (804) 483-5074

Jessica Fenner is the lung cancer nurse navigator at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Jessica worked in the inpatient oncology unit before transitioning into her role as the lung and chest cancer nurse navigator. Lung cancer has touched Jessica’s personal life multiple times, and helping patients and families facing cancer has become a passion for her.

Jessica works closely with all members of the thoracic oncology team to make sure your providers are all in agreement of your care. She provides education in a manner that you and your entire family can understand with the goal that you have complete understanding of your diagnosis, treatment options and cancer journey. Jessica serves as your contact person throughout your entire cancer journey.

To contact an oncology nurse navigator, please call (804) HCA-CARE (422-2273).