Inova offers oncology nurse navigators to support you and your family through every step of your diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Each navigator is an experienced, highly trained nurse who serves as your personal resource to explain and expedite medical tests and answer the many questions you will have. Inova nurse navigators are available at each of our hospitals. Meet our oncology nurse navigators
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.
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.
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. Inova VNA Home Health provides rehabilitation services once patients have returned home. Learn more about rehabilitation services for cancer patients
All Inova hospitals provide pain management services for cancer patients during their hospital stay. Palliative care is an additional service available for patients and their caregivers for managing pain and other symptoms, either from cancer or cancer treatments. Palliative care is available at all locations for inpatients and is also available in the community. Learn more
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.
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:
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.
- 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
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
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.
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.
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.
Each Inova hospital offers a library or education resource center for cancer patients and their families.
In the News
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