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Inova Schar is home to world-class doctors, surgeons and specialists committed to providing the best care, tailored to each patient's needs.

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From Alpha Interferon to Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery, Inova Schar is proud to offer the most advanced cancer treatment options available.

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Clinical research
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In collaboration with Virginia’s leading academic institutions, Inova Schar offers the latest cancer research and clinical trials.

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COVID Vaccine & Cancer

Should cancer patients receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Based on CDC guidance, we are encouraging patients with active cancer to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when available. Active cancer refers to any cancer patient currently being treated or has been diagnosed within the last year. This can be given while on chemotherapy, immunotherapy or radiotherapy.

When should a cancer patient get the vaccine?

The ideal timing is not clear and experts believe it is safe at any time during a chemotherapy cycle or during a course of radiation therapy. For patients undergoing radiation therapy, please discuss any further timing-related issues directly with your Radiation Oncology physician. We advise that the vaccine not be given on the day of chemotherapy or immunotherapy treatment. Some experts have proposed that timing it between 1 and 2 weeks prior to and after chemotherapy may be optimal for effectiveness.

Are cancer patients eligible to get the vaccine in Northern Virginia?

Yes. Northern Virginia is currently in phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccine distribution as of January 14. This now includes any person age 65 or older or any person age 16-64 with a high risk medical condition such as cancer.

To properly manage the vaccination process, individuals who have received their initial vaccine dose from Inova should anticipate receiving their second dose at their scheduled follow-up appointment. Inova is currently working with local health departments to receive supply and vaccinate eligible populations. Updates about our supply and eligibility will be made on this page; please check back frequently.

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Are there any cancer patients for which the above recommendations do not apply?

Please discuss timing of the vaccine with your oncologist if you have leukemia, lymphoma or other hematologic malignancy.

Should I let my oncologist’s office know that I have been vaccinated?

Please notify your oncologist’s team via MyChart if you have received the vaccine or bring your vaccine documentation in during your next scheduled visit. Your oncologist cannot schedule a vaccine for you (nor your oncologist’s clinic or infusion clinic).

After I receive my COVID-19 vaccine, do I still have to take precautions to prevent becoming infected?

Yes, you should continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing and other safety precautions even after being vaccinated as per CDC guidelines.
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Cancer Doesn’t Stop for COVID-19

Inova Schar Cancer Institute physicians are making important contributions to patient safety and protocols during the fight against COVID-19.

Our Specialty Programs

Our cancer specialty programs put patients at the center of care to provide the best treatment from a team of experts focused on each individual.

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Life with Cancer®

Enhancing the quality of life of those affected by cancer through education, information and support.

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Explore Patient Resources

Inova Schar offers unmatched holistic support and resources, including nurse navigators, financial navigation, wellness classes, support groups and nutritional counseling and our specialty pharmacy program.

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Support Inova Schar

Inova Schar’s comprehensive cancer care and clinical research is made possible by your support. 

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National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

National Association Program for Breast CancerInova Health System has four hospitals that have received the prestigious three-year accreditation in breast care from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). NAPBC is part of the American College of Surgeons, which sets the standard for how breast care patients receive care.

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Commission on Cancer

Commission on Cancer logoInova Schar Cancer Institute is an accredited cancer program of the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer.