Cancer treatment center in Richmond, Virginia

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital offers comprehensive oncology services in central Virginia. We use advanced technology to accurately diagnose and treat many types of cancer, at all stages of diagnosis.

Our cancer experts work together to provide you continued support—from diagnosis through survivorship.

For more information about cancer diagnostics, treatments and other services, call askSARAH at (804) 591-4152.


Multidisciplinary cancer care team

We provide patients access to a multidisciplinary team of cancer experts, including:

  • Chaplains
  • Dietitians
  • Medical oncologists
  • Oncology-certified nurses
  • Oncology social workers
  • Specialized pharmacists

Oncology nurse navigators

Our oncology nurse navigators are dedicated to guiding you through the treatment process by acting as an educator and a source of support. They also serve as a liaison between you and our multidisciplinary team of oncology specialists.

Diagnosing cancer

Our oncology team may perform different diagnostic tests and imaging exams to determine the stage of your cancer, which helps guide your treatment plan.

All cancers are staged from stage 1 to stage 4. Stage 1 is a very localized cancer, meaning it has not spread to other parts of the body, while stage 4 indicates the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Early detection of cancer is critical to achieving the best possible outcome for every patient.

Types of cancer we treat

Our oncologists and cancer specialists have experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of cancers, including:

Brain cancer care

We offer a certified brain tumor program for cancerous and noncancerous brain tumors. Through this program, we provide comprehensive care for brain cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. Our tumor specialists work together to ensure patients with cancerous brain tumors receive high-quality cancer treatment and resources.

Additionally, were the first and still one of only few hospitals in the U.S. to receive The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for brain tumor care.

Breast cancer care

Our breast health experts screen, diagnose and treat a variety of breast cancers in both men and women. Our breast cancer program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and is also a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, distinguished by the American College of Radiology.

From diagnosis and treatment through survivorship, our oncologists and breast health experts are here for you.

Head and neck cancer

Our oncologists treat a variety of head and neck cancers, including those that affect the:

  • Larynx
  • Nasal cavity
  • Oral cavity
  • Paranasal sinuses
  • Pharynx
  • Salivary glands

Metastasized cancers

Cancers that have spread from the primary site to other areas in the body are called metastasized cancers. Our oncologists have extensive experience treating various types of metastasized cancers. Your dedicated healthcare team will deliver advanced care in a supportive manner, guiding you and your family throughout your cancer journey.

Cancer treatments we offer

Using advances in medicine and care, we provide effective treatments to patients diagnosed with cancer. At our hospital, your personalized care plan may include:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Chippenham Hospital, our sister facility
  • Infusion therapies, such as chemotherapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Palliative care services to relieve symptoms and side effects
  • Physical therapy and cancer rehabilitation
  • Psychosocial oncology and distress assessment
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Surgery

Infusion therapies

We offer both inpatient and outpatient chemotherapy, biotherapy and infusion therapy services.

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, through an IV or through an injection into the skin, muscle or artery.

Infusion therapy delivers medications through a catheter. Some therapies deliver medication to all cells, and some focus on a specific organ or location in the body.


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.

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to minimize or kill cancer cells. Types of radiation therapy we offer include external beam radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy and brachytherapy (internal radiation therapy).

We are also one of a few hospitals in central Virginia to perform stereotactic radiosurgery. It is a painless, minimally invasive procedure for treating brain tumors and other neurological conditions.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive treatment that may be used when surgery is not the best option for certain types of cancer. 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.

Surgical oncology

Surgery remains a key component of cancer care and is the most common treatment option for many patients. Surgery may be performed to diagnose cancer, remove a tumor, support cancer-related procedures (such as inserting a chemotherapy port) or reconstruct damaged tissue.

We use minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible, including robotic surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery.

Cancer support

We understand that cancer care doesn't stop at your treatment plan. That's why we offer continued support through the following:

  • Cancer survivorship planning
  • Pet therapy
  • Support groups
  • The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center
Sarah Cannon - Cancer Institute at Johnston-Willis Hospital. A Campus of CJW Medical Center.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

Johnston-Willis Hospital is 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.

askSARAH helpline

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 (804) 591-4152 or chat online at askSARAH.

Oncology at HCA Virginia

Oncology refers to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Oncology treatments may include chemotherapy, radiation, medication or surgery. Oncologists can specialize in one of three fields of oncology: medical, radiation or surgery.

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