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Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As a member of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network of Excellence, our family of hospitals features leading-edge cancer treatment and clinical trials. Sarah Cannon offers modern therapies for people facing cancer across the U.S., and our partnership provides patients with personal, individualized care while benefiting from the network of resources Sarah Cannon has to offer.

askSARAH helpline

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions about screenings, signs or symptoms, a registered askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (804) 591-4152 to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.

Comprehensive cancer care 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. Your cancer care team may include:

  • Specialized physicians
  • Oncology social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Dietitians
  • Oncology nurse navigators
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Support groups

Together with Sarah Cannon, our cancer care team offers you access to integrated cancer services, including state-of-the-art imaging services, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In fact, our patients have access to advanced therapies, including the East Coast’s first and only TrueBeam® linear accelerator with HyperArc™ high-definition radiotherapy (HDRT) at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors' Hospital. The HyperArc™ HDRT is designed to improve radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments.

Accredited cancer care

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:

Our cancer services

We offer a range of oncology-related services that span across all types of cancers we treat. These include:

  • A multidisciplinary team approach to care
  • Minimally invasive surgical options, including robotic surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Nurse navigation, upon request
  • Infusion services with chemotherapy-certified nurses
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital to improve healing
  • Collaboration between the radiation oncology and infusion teams for coordinated combination therapy
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Nutritional support and care from registered dietitians
  • Psychosocial-spiritual support and distress assessment by oncology-dedicated social workers and chaplains
  • Access to clinical trials
  • Genetic 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 but not limited to:

  • Brain cancer
    • Benign and malignant brain tumors
  • Blood cancer
    • Leukemia
    • Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Myeloma
  • Bone cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
    • Esophageal cancer
    • Stomach cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Neuroendocrine cancer
    • Colorectal cancer
  • Gynecologic cancer
    • Uterine cancer
    • Cervical cancer
    • Endometrial cancer
    • Ovarian cancer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Metastatic cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Soft tissue cancer
    • Sarcomas
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Urologic cancer

Bone cancer

At Sarah Cannon at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, we provide care for all types of bone cancer, including osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma and chondrosarcoma. Our oncologists and radiation therapists work together to provide the most effective treatment plan for each patient’s diagnosis. We offer stereotactic radiosurgery as an advanced, non-surgical treatment option.

Head and neck cancer

We are experienced in treating cancers of the head and neck. Our dedicated team of specialists provide support and quality care through every step of your cancer journey. In addition to our range of standardized cancer services, head and neck cancer care at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital includes advanced facial reconstruction options and rehabilitation options that include speech pathology.

Metastatic cancer

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. The comprehensive metastatic cancer services at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital offer the social and psychological support you need throughout your cancer care journey. Our metastatic cancer care includes:

  • Palliative care services
  • Multidisciplinary conferences to discuss treatment plans
  • Leading-edge treatment with XOFIGO®, an injection for prostate cancer that is resistant to medical and surgical treatments and has spread to the bones
  • Radiofrequency ablation, a procedure which uses heat to destroy abnormal tissue in the liver
  • Y90 radioembolization, a minimally invasive procedure to treat tumors that began in the liver or have spread to the liver from another part of the body and are no longer responding to chemotherapy or surgery
  • Second opinion for management of metastatic cancer

Skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in both men and women. At Sarah Cannon at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, our team of cancer specialists treats many types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and melanomas. Skin cancer treatment at our hospital may include:

  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery options
  • Annual skin cancer screening event in partnership with local skin cancer experts
  • Genetic counseling and testing for skin cancer

Thyroid cancer

The thyroid is the butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck and is part of the endocrine system. At Sarah Cannon at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, our cancer specialists provide compassionate, patient-centered care for thyroid cancer patients. Our program features the latest treatments, including minimally invasive, robotic-assisted thyroid cancer surgery. Our hospital’s thyroid cancer services include Sestamibi scanning for minimally invasive parathyroid cancers

Urologic cancer

Urologic cancer may include cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and testicles. Sarah Cannon at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital offers the most advanced cancer treatments, the latest technology and access to our cancer support services throughout your journey. Our urologic cancer services include:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer using minimally invasive transurethral resection of the bladder (TURB) surgery
  • Complex renal surgeries, including solitary surgery and bilateral renal surgery

Genetic testing

Approximately five to 10 percent of 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 Cancer Genetics Clinic at Sarah Cannon at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital is designed to educate and counsel women and men about their individual risk for certain cancers based on their family cancer histories. 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.

Criteria for genetic testing

One or more of the following criteria must apply to you to qualify for genetic testing at the Cancer Genetics Clinic at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital:

  • You received a diagnosis of breast cancer when you were 50 years old or younger
  • You have had breast cancer in more than one area of the breast or in both breasts
  • You have multiple close blood relatives with breast cancer on the same side of the family
  • You are a man who has been diagnosed with breast cancer
  • You have been diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer or you have a first-degree relative who was diagnosed with both cancers
  • You are of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and had breast cancer at 50 years old or younger or ovarian cancer or male breast cancer at any age
  • A BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation has been identified in your family
  • You received a diagnosis of colon cancer when you were 50 years old or younger
  • You received a diagnosis of endometrial (uterine) cancer when you were 50 years old or younger
  • You have multiple first- or second-degree relatives who have had colon, endometrial, ovarian, stomach, small bowel, pancreatic or ureter or renal pelvis cancer
  • You have received lab test results on a colon or an endometrial tumor that indicated proteins are absent or unstable on four different genes
  • A MLH1, MSH2, MSH5 or PMS2 gene mutation has been identified in your family
  • You have had 10 or more colorectal polyps of any histology
  • You have multiple close blood relatives with prostate cancer, especially if diagnosed at 60 years old or younger
  • You have three close blood relatives with melanoma or pancreatic cancer
  • You have a close blood relative who has been affected by multiple melanomas
  • You were diagnosed with sarcoma, brain or adrenal cancer before 45 years old
  • You have close blood relatives who were diagnosed with sarcoma, leukemia, breast, brain or adrenal cancer at any age

Appointments at the Cancer Genetics Clinic

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.

View our Cancer Genetics Clinic referral form

Cancer support services in Richmond

Fighting cancer is best done with the help and support of family, friends and compassionate professionals. Our cancer care specialists provide the very best 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.

  • Smoking cessation program
  • Lung cancer support group
  • Advanced breast cancer support group
  • Cancer caregivers support group
  • Gynecological cancer support group
  • Greater Richmond multiple myeloma support group
  • Look Good Feel Better: helping women with cancer
  • Breast presurgical education class
  • Lymphedema support group

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 4:30 p.m. in the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute.

For more information about this group, please contact our cancer center social worker, Susan Guckenberg, at (804) 200-7033.

Look Good Feel Better

The American Cancer Society offers Look Good Feel Better: helping women with cancer and those 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 p.m. in the Cancer Center Specialty Clinic office, suite 320.

For more information about this program, call (800) 395-5665 . Advanced registration is required and can be obtained by calling (804) 287-7950.

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, email Barbara Marx or call (804) 206-0909

Lymphedema support group

This support group is for anyone diagnosed with lymphedema. The group meets at the first floor boardroom at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital every third Tuesday of the month from February to October at 6:30 p.m.

This group is facilitated by our lymphedema program specialist, Lisa Loucks. For more information about this support group, please call (804) 254-5164.

Cancer support team

Jacqueline Quigley, MSW, and Susan Guckenberg, MSW, LCSW, make up the cancer support care team at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. Jacqueline can be reached by email at Jacqueline.Quigley@hcahealthcare.com or phone at (804) 287-4362.

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.

You can contact Susan by email at susan.guckenberg@hcahealthcare.com or phone at (804) 200-7033.

Oncology nurse navigators

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. The oncology nurse navigators at Sarah Cannon at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital assist to coordinate your care and are here to address any barriers you may face throughout your cancer journey. Our nurse navigators help to:

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

We have several specialized nurse navigators in our oncology program, including:

  • Breast cancer nurse navigator
  • Lung cancer nurse navigator
  • Survivorship nurse navigator
  • Gastrointestinal cancer nurse navigator
  • Gynecologic oncology nurse navigator

Videos about our cancer care services

  • Together We Are Sarah: Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors' Hospital

  • Technology at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors' Hospital

  • Ava's Story - Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors' Hospital

  • Laurie Cuttino, MD - Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors' Hospital