Cancer Support & Resources
Cancer is Not a Solo Experience
If you or a loved one has cancer, there are places in our community to turn to for additional help. No one understands what you're going through better than cancer survivors and the caregivers who help patients every day. Consider a support group or other organized support program to answer questions and concerns you might have.
- Support Groups
- Community Resources (Local & National)
- Disease-Specific Organizations
- Survivorship Information & Resources
- Social Workers
- Nurse Navigators
- Palliative Care
In addition to the above resources, each office offers a dedicated Patient Benefit Representative who can help you with any financial issues, including reimbursement, drug assistance, and billing issues.
Dealing with cancer is hard for both patients and family members. And in many ways, our practice functions as a very caring support group. But there are other groups outside our office that can provide patients and families with added information, guidance, and an unparalleled understanding of living through cancer.
The CaringBridge is a site dedicated to your health journey. Your personal CaringBridge website is your place to share health updates, photos, and videos with the people who care about you. The CaringBridge website is designed to rally your family and friends together to offer you support when and how you need it. Learn more about CaringBridge.
Here for the Girls (Beyond Boobs!) Support Group
Not your typical support group and/or more information about Here for the Girls, click here.
Sentara Caregiver Support Group
Caring for a loved one with cancer can be overwhelming and isolating. Caregivers balance multiple roles while navigating a complex medical system and are challenged with maintaining a sense of normalcy while living in a situation that feels far from normal.
If you or a loved one are just beginning IV chemotherapy treatment and would appreciate positive support in the form of weekly cards or letters from caring, encouraging people, consider applying for a Chemo Angel. This free program is available to IV chemo patients living in the United States or Canada. For more information or to sign up, please click here.
Pancreatic Cancer Support Group
This group provides support and information to men and women who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Spouses, families, and caregivers are welcome. Meetings are informal and include attendee updates and general discussions pertinent to pancreatic cancer. Check our Event Calendar for the next upcoming group meeting.
For more information, please contact Jim Sullivan at (757) 499-8083 or Christa Brakob at (757) 470-8424.
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Additional Resources for Patients
Visit our Local and National Resources page for a complete list of community resources for cancer patients of Virginia Oncology Associates.