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Patient Information


Screenings

Throughout the year, Inova offers free or modestly-priced health screenings to help detect cancer at its very earliest stage, when it is most effectively treated. Screenings currently available include:


Life with Cancer™

Inova offers a huge range of free support services for cancer patients and their families. Inova Life with Cancer™ Program is a comprehensive, one-stop premier service that offers you and your loved ones education, information and support – all at no charge. We can help you meet the challenges of living with cancer no matter where you live or receive treatment.

For more information call 703-698-2526, check out the Life with Cancer™ Web site or click here for this month's calendar that lists free events and classes throughout Northern Virginia.PDF


Rehabilitation

Inova offers a varied and comprehensive program of rehabilitation to help patients recovering from cancer gain back strength and return to day-to-day activities. Learn more about rehabilitation services for cancer patients arrow


Pain management

Inova hospitals and Inova VNA Home Health provide pain management services for cancer patients during their hospital stay and once they have returned home. Pain management services are available at all locations. Learn more arrow


Palliative care

Palliative care can be a valuable resource and service for patients and their caregivers. All Inova hospitals provide access to palliative care. Learn more arrow


Nutrition services

Cancer patients and those helping to care for them can receive nutrition services from an Inova registered dietitian at any Inova hospital. Nutrition counseling helps patients make good food choices during cancer treatment to help maintain strength and energy and to better tolerate potential side effects.


Additional support groups

Please call the Inova facility of your choice for more information about cancer support groups. Not all support groups are offered at all locations and some require registration.

  • Inova Alexandria Hospital: 703-504-7921
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital: 703-776-2841
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital: 703-776-2841
  • Inova Children's Hospital: 703-590-4134 or 703-776-2841
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital: 703-858-8850 or 703-858-8857.

Health and wellness classes

Inova HealthSource offers a wide variety of health, wellness and fitness classes. Or search online for other Inova classes, lectures and events that interest you. 


Online resources

  • My Health online library
    Along with your family doctor, this is a great place to find answers to your healthcare questions. Check out interesting articles or detailed medical reference materials. Click the "health search" tab to perform a keyword search, visit the "health topic resource center" page for content organized around specific areas of interest, or simply browse stories and information of interest to you.
  • National Cancer Institute 
  • American Cancer Society

Additional resources

My Cancer Journal
This helpful resource for cancer patients is designed especially for you, with sections on treatment, managing side effects, financial information and much more. You can also personalize with your own information and notes. Download it here arrow

Women's and Children's Shop 
Find helpful post-surgical garments, head wraps, skincare products plus cancer awareness jewelry, inspirational books and more at this Inova Fairfax Hospital gift shop. Wig referrals available. For more information and hours, please call 703-776-2445.

Complementary therapies
In addition to traditional medical care, Inova offers complementary therapies at most facilities through Inova Life with Cancer™ Program. These include massage, tai chi, stress management, pet therapy and biofeedback and image guided therapy. For more information, call 703-776-2841.

Pastoral care
Multidenominational pastoral care services provide spiritual support and emotional comfort to patients and their families. The pastoral care staff also helps caregivers address the theological, bioethical, philosophical and cultural issues that often arise in the course of cancer treatment. Available at all hospitals – please ask for pastoral care.

Medical libraries
Each Inova hospital offers a library or education resource center for cancer patients and their families.


In the News

Courage unmasked
Cookie Kerxton, a cancer survivor turns radiation masks into art to help raise funds for cancer patients, with the support of Gopal Bajaj, MD, her radiation oncologist at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Read more PDF