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Breast Cancer Patient Information, Support Groups and Resources

Pre-Op Classes

Breast Care Navigator Led Pre-Operative Classes

If you are having breast surgery at an Inova hospital, our breast care navigators offer pre-operative teaching to help you prepare and to answer questions you may have. You will learn:

  • How to prepare for surgery
  • What to expect during your hospital stay
  • The importance of managing pain
  • Drain and dressing management
  • Practical tips for bathing, sleeping and moving comfortably

Inova breast care navigators work closely with surgeons who perform mastectomies, lumpectomies and reconstructive surgeries at the five Inova hospitals. Many patients prefer to take a pre-op class at the hospital where their surgery is scheduled, but you may visit any location that is convenient for you.

Locations and contact info

Please call one of our breast care navigators to ask about pre-op classes at a location near you or just to talk.

Find an Inova Breast Care Navigator

Support Groups

Life with Cancer®

Inova Life with Cancer® Program is a comprehensive, one-stop community 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 breast cancer no matter where you live or receive treatment.

For more information call 703-698-2526 or visit the Inova Life with Cancer® website

Serving the Inova Alexandria Hospital Community

All groups are offered at the Inova Alexandria Hospital Life with Cancer Office – 4320 Seminary Road, Suite 1.NE.5.4, Alexandria, VA, 22304 (Google Map)

Young Women with Breast Cancer Support Group

  • For women in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s with non-metastatic breast cancer, newly diagnosed thru one year out of active treatment Second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8 p.m. 
  • Registration Required

Breast Cancer Support Group

  • For women of any age diagnosed with stage 0-3 breast cancer, up to 2 years out of active treatment
  • Third Monday of each month, 5:30 – 7 p.m. 
  • Registration Required

To register for either group, call 703-698-2526 or click on the button below.

REGISTER 

Serving the Inova Fairfax Hospital Community

Registration is required for all classes. Click on the blue button to register. 

Breast Cancer Support Group

  • For women of any age diagnosed with stage 0-3 breast cancer, up to 2 years out of active treatment
  • First Wednesday of each month, 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Young Women with Breast Cancer Support Group

  • For women in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s with non-metastatic breast cancer, newly diagnosed thru one year out of active treatment
  • Third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Breast or Gynecological Cancer Survivorship Group

  • For women in maintenance therapy or completed treatment within the last 3 years
  • Third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 p.m – 7 p.m.

Women’s Survivorship Group

  • For women who completed treatment, for any type of cancer, more than 3 years ago
  • Second Tuesday of each month, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
     

REGISTER
 

Coalesce I: An Advanced Breast Cancer Group

  • This weekly Friday group is for women of all ages to share life's joys and sorrows. 
  • Prior screening is required as this is a closed group

Please contact facilitator Shara Sosa for more information or call 703-698-2522 

Coalesce II: An Advanced Breast Cancer Group

  • For women of all ages to share life's joys and sorrows. 
  • Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 10:30 a.m.  – 12 p.m. 

Email Micheline Toussaint for more information or call 703-698-2521.

 

Serving the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Community

Registration is required for all classes. Click on the blue button to register. 

Breast Cancer Support Group

  • For women of any age diagnosed with stage 0-3 breast cancer, up to 2 years out of active treatment
  • First Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Young Women with Breast Cancer Support Group

  • For women in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s with non-metastatic breast cancer, newly diagnosed through one year out of active treatment
  • First Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
     

REGISTER
 

Serving the Inova Loudoun Hospital Community

Registration is required for all classes. Click on the blue button to register. 

Breast Cancer Support Group

  • For women of any age diagnosed with stage 0-3 breast cancer, up to 2 years out of active treatment
  • Fourth Monday of the month, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Young Women with Breast Cancer Support Group

  • For women in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s with non-metastatic breast cancer, newly diagnosed through one year out of active treatment
  • Second Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   
     

REGISTER
 

Survivors Offering Support (SOS)

Whether you’re facing breast cancer and could benefit from the help of a mentor or you are a breast cancer survivor and can offer help to another, SOS is for you.

Newly diagnosed? SOS lets you share the breast cancer journey with someone who has experienced your situation first hand. A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming, but we are here to help. Mentors, all breast cancer survivors themselves, are specially trained to provide knowledge, support, encouragement and a shoulder to lean on. With SOS, you are never alone. 

Download / print the mentor request form

Want to be a mentor? SOS mentors provides emotional and informational support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through peer mentoring.

For more information, contact:
Pamela Crum, Coordinator
pamela.crum@inova.org
703-698-2532
Life with Cancer
8411 Pennell Street
Fairfax, VA  22031

Survivorship

Who Is a Cancer Survivor?

A cancer survivor is a person diagnosed with cancer or affected by that diagnosis, such as a family member, friend or caregiver.

This definition of a cancer survivor is adapted from The National Action Plan, a cancer survivorship collaborative effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Lance Armstrong Foundation

Cancer affects one out of three individuals, either as a patient or a loved one. The focus on early detection and effective treatment means more people than ever before are surviving cancer.

But cancer survivors, including breast cancer survivors, may face a variety of physical, psychological, social, spiritual and financial issues as they move through diagnosis, treatment, and for the remaining years of their lives. Here are some of the issues The National Action Planhopes to address:

  • Prevent secondary cancers and cancer recurrence whenever possible
  • Ensure the maximum number of years of healthy life for cancer survivors through optimal disease management
  • Minimize pain, disability and psychosocial distress for those living with, through and beyond cancer
  • Assist cancer survivors with appropriate support and resources for themselves, family, friends and colleagues

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