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Oncology

Oncology refers to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Oncology treatments may include chemotherapy, radiation, medication or surgery. Oncologists can specialize in one of three fields of oncology: medical, radiation or surgery.

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Cancer care in Reston, Virginia

When you're dealing with cancer, you want the best possible care.

At Reston Hospital Center, our dedicated oncologists in Fairfax County provide comprehensive, compassionate cancer care, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. We have the latest technology and equipment to ensure you receive the effective, high-quality care you need.

Have cancer questions?

We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated, confidential helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7.

We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated, confidential helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7.

Types of cancer we treat

We provide cancer care for adults with the following cancers:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Urethral cancer

Oncology services we offer

We are proud to offer a wide range of cancer treatment options for all diagnoses. Our top priority is helping you regain your health to live a cancer-free life.

Cancer screenings

Our team understands that preventive medicine is the best medicine when it comes to cancer care. Early detection is key for proper treatment, which is why we use advanced diagnostic and imaging technology to form the most accurate, effective treatment plan possible. We offer a wide range of cancer screenings, including:

  • Breast cancer screenings
    • Mammography
    • Ultrasound
  • Gynecologic cancer screenings
    • Pelvic exam
    • Pap smear
    • Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing
  • Colorectal cancer screening
    • Colonoscopy
  • Lung cancer screening
    • Low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Prostate cancer screenings
    • Digital rectal exam
    • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing
  • Skin cancer screening
    • Biopsies
    • Visual screening
Breast cancer

Additionally, our Women's Imaging Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

Gynecologic cancer

Our gynecologic oncologists are committed to using advanced, effective surgical techniques. Often, gynecologic cancer can be treated with minimally invasive robotic surgery. This type of surgery requires smaller incisions than traditional surgical procedures, resulting in less scarring and a quicker recovery.

Cancer treatments and services

Our comprehensive cancer services and treatments include:

  • Infusion therapy for chemotherapy, biotherapy and other infusion services
  • Nutrition services
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgical oncology
Surgical oncology

Surgery remains a key component of cancer care, as it can be necessary to keep cancer from occurring. We provide numerous tumor removal procedures to act as a more aggressive form of treatment when it is required.

Other surgeries, such as reconstructing damaged tissue or inserting chemotherapy ports, may be recommended for the purposes of diagnosing cancer, easing pain, relieving side effects or supporting other procedures.

We offer a wide range of surgical procedures for cancer treatment and diagnosis, including:

  • Blue light cystoscopy for bladder cancer
  • Endobronchial and endoscopic ultrasounds for tissue biopsies
  • High-heat radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
  • Linear accelerator-based stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), sometimes described as "knifeless surgery"
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic/laparoscopic surgical staging and resection
  • Sentinel node biopsy to determine the extent of cancer in adjacent lymph nodes

Support services we offer

We encourage you to participate in our cancer education and prevention services. We partner with local neighborhoods and participate in various community events, including health fairs and other educational events within the community.

Educational speakers

Our medical professionals are speakers and presenters whose goals are to provide cancer education for prevention. Their top priority is helping educate your community group, support group, company, business or professional organization.

To request a speaker, call Reston Hospital Center's physician relations team at (703) 689-9566.

Cancer support

We understand that cancer care goes beyond treatment. We are proud to offer cancer support services to help you on your journey to recovery. This includes support groups, cancer counseling, educational programs, spiritual guidance and community outreach.

One of our cancer support groups is provided by Step Sisters support services. This program supports patients who face challenges with transportation, childcare and other factors that may hinder treatment.

Hospice and palliative care

Palliative care aims to relieve the discomfort, symptoms and stress of serious illness and to improve the quality of life for patients and their caregivers. Hospice care, on the other hand, is a type of specialized care that focuses on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients and their families.

We do not directly provide hospice or palliative care, but our team can connect you with local resources and help you navigate the services you need.

Lymphedema support

When lymph nodes are removed or damaged during cancer treatment, you may be at risk for lymphedema, which causes fluid retention or swelling in your arms, legs and other parts of the body. We provide a comprehensive lymphedema treatment program through the rehabilitation services of our Reston Therapy and Fitness Center.

To schedule an appointment for lymphedema therapy, please call (703) 689-9250.

Appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. You will need to provide your insurance information and a dated prescription from your doctor confirming your diagnosis.

Oncology nurse navigation

Our skilled cancer team includes oncology nurse navigators who help coordinate your cancer care. Our nurse navigators act as your liaison with our oncology specialists, provide education and support and guide you through your cancer journey — from diagnosis to survivorship.

National recognition of care

Our hospital's oncology program is nationally known for positive patient outcomes and high levels of care.

Recognition

Our hospital's oncology program has received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC) for providing exemplary cancer care to all patients.

Our gynecologic oncology program has been designated a Minimally Invasive Gynecology Center of Excellence by the Surgical Review Corporation.


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