Cancer treatment center in Richmond, Virginia
At Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, you will have a team of cancer specialists working together to provide you expert, compassionate care throughout your cancer journey. Together with Sarah Cannon, our oncologists and cancer specialists offer you access to integrated cancer services, including state-of-the-art imaging services, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, to help you heal.
For more information about cancer diagnostics, treatments and other services, call askSARAH at (804) 591-4152.
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is the only Cancer Resource Center of the American Cancer Society in central Virginia. Additionally, several national accrediting institutions have recognized our cancer care program, including:
Comprehensive cancer services
We offer a wide range of oncology services at our cancer center for patients with various types of cancer.
Our cancer center features:
- A multidisciplinary team approach to care
- Access to clinical trials
- Collaboration between the radiation oncology and infusion teams for coordinated combination therapies
- Genetic testing
- Nurse navigation
- Nutritional support from registered dietitians
- Support from oncology-dedicated social workers and chaplains
Oncology nurse navigation
Oncology nurse navigators specialize in cancer care. Our nurse navigators are part of your multidisciplinary team, serving as advocates and educators for you from diagnosis through survivorship. They are here to coordinate your care and address any barriers you may face throughout your cancer journey.
Our nurse navigators help to:
- Connect you to resources available throughout your cancer journey
- Educate you on your diagnosis, treatment plans and medications
- Host multidisciplinary cancer conferences to ensure you receive a personalized treatment plan
- Improve communication between you and your healthcare team
- Provide education around treatment options and clinical trial availability
We have several specialized nurse navigators in our oncology program, including:
- Breast cancer nurse navigator
- Gastrointestinal cancer nurse navigator
- Gynecologic oncology nurse navigator
- Lung cancer nurse navigator
- Survivorship nurse navigator
Preventive care and genetic testing
Some individuals with cancer have a hereditary form of cancer or predisposition to cancer. This is the result of changes in genetic information that then increase a person's risk of developing certain types of cancer. These changes in your genes can be passed on from generation to generation.
The specialists at the Cancer Genetics Clinic at Sarah Cannon Institute at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital can educate and counsel you about your individual risk for certain cancers based on your family's cancer history. Identifying the causes of certain hereditary cancers and genetic disorders helps doctors find ways to manage a person’s risk of cancer and treat hereditary cancer syndromes.
If you meet specific criteria for testing, our DNA testing specialists will collect a sample of your blood or saliva and send it to a special genetic laboratory for testing. Following testing or counseling, the clinic will develop a plan to help reduce your risk for cancer and begin or continue screenings for early detection of cancer.
An appointment at the Cancer Genetics Clinic requires a physician referral. Physicians can refer patients to our clinic, and we will call the patient to schedule an appointment for DNA testing.
Types of cancer we treat
The specialists at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital have decades of experience in screening, diagnosing and treating a wide range of cancers, including:
- Blood cancer
- Hodgkin lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Bone cancer
- Brain cancer
- Benign and malignant brain tumors
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Neuroendocrine cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Lung cancer
- Metastatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Skin cancer
- Soft tissue cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Urologic cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
Our breast cancer program has been accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and our Advanced Diagnostic Breast Center has been accredited by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.
Breast cancer screening is one of the most proactive steps a woman can take in the early detection of breast cancer, and it's a primary service related to women’s care. We offer a complete spectrum of imaging services, including:
- 3D digital mammography
- Breast biopsy
- Breast density assessment
- Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Breast ultrasound
If your imaging test detects breast cancer, you will undergo a breast biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. We provide a quick and accurate diagnosis and use advanced molecular testing technology. Your treatment team will use your diagnostic test results to develop an individualized treatment plan for your recovery.
High-Risk Breast Clinic
We are home to a High-Risk Breast Clinic. Our clinic gives women classified as high risk for getting breast cancer (those women who have an increased likelihood of developing breast cancer) access to supplemental screenings to help detect the disease in its earliest stages.
Our breast health specialists work together to identify if you should be considered high risk and if you should consider supplemental screenings. We offer the following supplemental screening options at the High-Risk Breast Clinic:
- Abbreviated breast magnetic resonance imaging (ABMRI)
- Contrast mammogram (CEM)
- Whole breast ultrasound
At Virginia Gynecologic Oncology at Henrico Doctors' Hospital we offer the latest tools and techniques—including robotic surgery—for diagnosing and treating gynecologic cancers. Our patients also have access to our on-campus American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center. Here, you can take the time you need to research your disease and treatment plan among our trusted written and digital materials. Our team will be with you every step of the way, ensuring you get the care and attention you need and deserve.
Our oncologists offer specialized care for lung cancer. Because of this, we are:
- A designated Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology
- Proud to be a part of the Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery, providing our patients with advanced technology and advanced surgical options in central Virginia
Navigational Bronch/Lung Nodule Clinic
Our Navigational Bronch/Lung Nodule Clinic is committed to expertly diagnosing, treating and managing lung disease. If you have a spot, or nodule, present on your lung, it is vital to understand if it's cancerous or noncancerous. This is why the specialists at our clinic use minimally invasive technology to evaluate lung nodules, so we can determine if treatment and/or removal is necessary.
Metastatic cancer occurs when cancer cells break away from the original site of cancer in the body and form new tumors, called metastatic tumors, in other areas of the body. A metastatic tumor is still considered to be the same type of cancer as the original cancer.
Our comprehensive metastatic cancer services offer the social and psychological support you need throughout your cancer care journey.
Our surgeons are experts in performing minimally invasive treatments for aggressive cases of prostate cancer. Because of this, our hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best for Prostate Surgery and a Five-Star Recipient for Prostate Removal Surgery. We've also received the Healthgrades Prostate Surgery Excellence Award.
Our cancer specialists treat many types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and melanomas. Skin cancer treatment at our hospital may include:
- Annual skin cancer screening event in partnership with local skin cancer experts
- Genetic counseling and testing for skin cancer
- Plastic and reconstructive surgery options
The thyroid is the butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck and is part of the endocrine system. Our cancer specialists provide compassionate, patient-centered care for thyroid cancer patients. Our program features advanced treatments, including minimally invasive robot-assisted thyroid cancer surgery.
Urologic cancer may include cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and testicles. Our hospital offers advanced cancer treatments, innovative technology and access to our cancer support services throughout your journey.
Our urologic cancer services include:
- Complex renal surgeries, including solitary surgery and bilateral renal surgery
- Diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer using minimally invasive transurethral resection of the bladder (TURB) surgery
Cancer treatments and services we offer
Treatments for your cancer care plan may include:
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital to improve healing
- Infusion services with chemotherapy-certified nurses
- Minimally invasive surgical options, including robotic surgery
- Radiation therapy
- Rehabilitation services
Specialized cancer support services
Fighting cancer is best done with the help and support of family, friends and compassionate professionals. Our cancer care specialists provide support services so you can walk your cancer journey with confidence. We offer the following support groups and programs to provide an extra layer of care for our patients.
Advanced breast cancer support group
This support group is open to any woman living with advanced breast cancer. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month at 4:00pm at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.
Breast pre-surgical education class
The breast pre-surgical education class is offered to any woman preparing for surgery for breast cancer. The class meets every Wednesday at 3:00pm at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.
If you plan on attending, please RSVP to our breast cancer nurse navigator at (804) 545-7934.
Cancer caregivers support group
The cancer caregivers support group is open to any individual who is caring for a person with cancer. Our meetings are the third Thursday of each month at 4:30pm in the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute.
For more information about this group, please contact our cancer center social worker at (804) 200-7033.
Susan Guckenberg, MSW, LCSW
Susan Guckenberg has over 30 years of experience in social work. Her role includes individual and family supportive counseling, support group facilitation and direct social work intervention to the oncology population served at the Sarah Cannon at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. She also serves as a member of the inpatient palliative care team and as an advanced care facilitator for the Honoring Choices Virginia program.
Greater Richmond Multiple Myeloma Support Group
The Greater Richmond Multiple Myeloma Support Group meets every third Monday of each month (except July and August) at 7:00pm in the Forest Conference Room at Henrico Doctors' Hospital. This support group is sponsored by the International Myeloma Foundation.
For more information, call (804) 206-0909
Gynecological cancer support group
The gynecologic cancer support group is open to any woman affected by gynecological cancer. The group meets the second Monday of each month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. Most months, speakers present new information as decided by the needs and wants of the group. Registration for this support group is not required.
Look Good Feel Better
The American Cancer Society offers Look Good Feel Better, a program helping women receiving cancer treatment. This group meets six times a year, every other month. This is a two-hour workshop beginning on the third Monday in February at 1:00pm in the Cancer Center Specialty Clinic Office, suite 320.
For more information about this program, call (800) 395-5665.
Lung cancer support group
Our lung cancer support group is designed for men and women with lung cancer. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:00pm in the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute.
Lymphedema support group
Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, our sister facility, provides a lymphedema support group for patients who are experiencing lymphedema. The group is facilitated by lymphedema specialists. It meets in the first floor boardroom at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital.
For more information, call (804) 254-5586.
Smoking cessation program
For smokers, the best way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking. We recognize that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to quitting smoking, but when you are ready to ask for help, we are here for you.
We offer a smoking cessation program that can help you stop smoking for good in as little as seven weeks. Participants in our program are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year after starting our program than those who try to quit on their own. Up to 60 percent of participants report being smoke-free by the end of the program when used in combination with smoking cessation medications.
Our American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking program is offered periodically throughout the year and includes ample group interaction, consisting of eight sessions over seven weeks.
For more information about our smoking cessation program, call (840) 422-2273.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 or chat online at askSARAH.
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