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Cancer Patient Resources

Inova Schar Cancer Institute

Oncology Nurse Navigators

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.

Free Life with Cancer® Classes and Support

Inova offers a wide range of free support services for cancer patients and their families through its Life with Cancer® program. This comprehensive, one-stop premier service 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.

  • Get help and support for you and your family every step of the way through your journey.
  • Offering a variety of classes and treatments relating to movement, mind/body, nutrition, and more both in-person and virtual. ​
  • Acupuncture, massage and other complementary services available for a fee. 
  • Cancer education and counseling. 

Call 703-698-2526 for more information.

Visit the Life with Cancer® website 

Facility-Based Support Groups

Health and Wellness Classes

Inova Well is takes a holistic approach to health and wellness that supports your personal journey to wellness. We offer a wide variety of health, wellness and fitness classes centered around 7 key dimensions of health: awareness, coaching, activity, nutrition, mind/body, community and environmental sustainability. We offer classes in the following categories:

  • Family-centered care 
  • Screenings and education
  • Life support
  • Fitness
  • Immunizations
  • Health coaching

Search online for classes, lectures and events that interest you. 



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.


Inova Medical Spa

Inova Medical Spa is a place of relaxation, rejuvenation and transformation for oncology patients, caregivers and loved ones. We understand that the diagnosis of cancer and its treatment takes a large toll on the mind, body and spirit. The spa services available at Inova Schar Cancer Institute are designed to be restorative and soothing. All treatments emphasize the client’s health and safety. For those clients in active treatment, physician approval is required prior to service.

  • Oncology Massage and Facials
  • Reflexology
  • Manicures and Pedicures
  • Salon Services
  • Makeup Application
  • Professional Skincare Products



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:

Additional Cancer and Support 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. 


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's 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.