Riverside uses a team approach to a lung cancer diagnosis, treatment and follow-up to assure that patients get the best coordinated and most effective care possible.

The team consists of numerous physician specialists and sub-specialists along with nurses and radiation therapists who are trained in cancer care. Additionally, pain management specialists, nutritionists, social workers and counselors, as well as a wide range of other medical and allied health care professionals regularly meet to discuss treatments, personal and emotional needs, and any other aspects of care and support that the patient needs.

Thoracic Surgery
Thoracic surgeons are physicians who specialize in chest surgery, including lung cancer surgeries.

Practice: Tidewater Thoracic and Cardiovascular

Medical Oncology and Hematology
Medical oncologists are physicians who are specially trained in the treatment of cancer with drugs.

Practice: Peninsula Cancer Institute

Practice: Cancer Specialists of Tidewater

Radiation Oncology
A radiation oncologist is a physician specialist who uses radiation therapy to treat cancer.

Practice: Radiation Oncology Specialists

Patient Navigation
Patient Navigators become a personal guide through the complexities of healthcare in general and cancer care in particular.

  • Francie Verniel, BS, RN, OCN Lung Cancer Patient Navigator

Outreach and Education

  • Fran Holcomb, RN, BSN, OCN, Nurse Educator