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Riverside Shore Cancer Center

Riverside Shore Cancer Center

A diagnosis of cancer can be a difficult, frightening and overwhelming time. That’s why the team of oncology specialists at the nationally-recognized Riverside Shore Cancer Center offers a very personalized approach to care that takes into account not only your medical needs, but also the concerns and emotional changes you’re experiencing along with the many questions you’re bound to have.

As an award-winning and community-based cancer care facility, RSCC offers medical oncology (treating cancer with chemotherapy and other cancer-fighting drugs, hormones and pain reduction medications) as well as radiation oncology (using beams of radiation to destroy or damage cancer cells). Along with cancer surgery, these treatments may be used individually or in combination.

A team of cancer specialists

The quality of care at Riverside Shore Cancer Center, and any medical facility, is directly dependent on the skills, the training and the experience of the people who staff it and direct its services.

Doctor Jefferson Moulds

Jefferson Moulds, M.D.

Board-certified radiation oncologist Jefferson Moulds, M.D., supervises the state-of-the-art radiation therapy at RSCC including intensity-modulated radiation therapy. Dr. Moulds is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Radiation treatments are performed by experienced, registered radiation therapists.

 

Doctor Laura Kerbin

Laura Kerbin, M.D.

Board-certified medical oncologist Laura Kerbin, M.D., directs chemotherapy at RSCC and works with patients to develop a highly individualized treatment plan from the moment of diagnosis.

 

The infusion/transfusion suite at RSCC (the area where chemotherapy is provided) is staffed by registered nurses who are oncology-certified or in the process of obtaining that certification.

The RSCC team also includes nutritional specialists and other support personnel who make important contributions to the overall treatment experience.

Our staff includes highly qualified experts who can guide you through your care and recovery. We invite questions when you're here for treatment or at any time. Call us at 757-302-2600 to learn more.

From diagnosis through treatment and survivorship, we provide highly individualized care that is directed to the distinct needs of each person. By bringing together the best possible combination of skilled and experienced physician specialists, a highly trained staff and leading edge technology we can help you and your family thrive despite the diagnosis.

Read some of our Shore cancer survivor stories.

What we offer

  • Chemotherapy and infusion services
  • Medical oncology, including cancer and hematology clinic
  • Radiation therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Support services
  • An informational library with internet access

Additional resources

The RSCC includes a resource center located off the lobby. The center includes a variety of books, brochures and videos related to cancer. The resource center also offers internet access to assist patients in their search for information about clinical trials – carefully controlled research studies that evaluate promising new treatments or procedures. The resource center at RSCC is also the location for support group meetings held by American Cancer Society volunteers.

Additional resources

The RSCC includes a resource center located off the lobby. The center includes a variety of books, brochures and videos related to cancer. The resource center also offers internet access to assist patients in their search for information about clinical trials – carefully controlled research studies that evaluate promising new treatments or procedures. The resource center at RSCC is also the location for support group meetings held by American Cancer Society volunteers.

Accreditation

Accredited by Commission of Cancer of American College of SurgeonsThe Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital and Riverside Shore Cancer Center services are accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. This distinction is achieved by only 25 percent of cancer care facilities nationwide.

In addition, the cancer program has multitple times been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer.

 

Gold Level Accreditation logo from DNVBoth the hospital and the Cancer Center have also earned the Gold Level Accreditation from the DNV, a national health care accreditation and quality monitoring organization.

Dr. Moulds and Sarah Trachy walking by a lake

When a routine mammogram at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital led to a breast cancer diagnosis for Sarah Trachy, she was grateful that the condition was detected early.

Sarah appreciated the encouragement and clinical expertise of her radiation oncologist Dr. Jefferson Moulds. He knew that her positive attitude was an important factor in her recovery, so he encouraged her to keep up her long-standing commitment to exercise even during breast cancer treatment.

Luckily for Sarah, the hours she saved by getting care close to home meant she had even more time for running and exercise.

Rachel Fluhart sitting in wild grass

You wouldn't think something as small as the size of a pencil eraser could turn your world upside down, but for Rachael Fluhart, that's exactly what happened.

Rachael attended a Riverside skin cancer screening in October of 2017. She was referred to a dermatologist after a small spot on her back, about the size of a pencil eraser, began to bother her. The suspicious spot was removed and sent for testing. She was shocked to find out that at 21 years old she had skin cancer. Melanoma.

"After that, things moved very quickly," Rachael said.

There were additional procedures to remove more tissue, helping to ensure they had gotten all of the cancer cells, and a biopsy of her lymph nodes. She then received even worse news. The melanoma had spread. She had invasive nodular metastatic melanoma.

So just as Rachael was graduating from nursing school and taking her nursing exams, she was also dealing with a major health crisis. Her treatment included removing all of the lymph nodes on her left side, and now she's undergoing targeted immunotherapy at the Riverside Shore Cancer Center.

Rachael remains upbeat despite all the setbacks caused by that tiny little spot. "Staying positive has been a goal of mine through all of this. I feel like the mental part is half the battle of a cancer diagnosis."

Walt Bennet in front of a porch being renovated

This past winter I was working on the water as usual. Along with aquaculture, scalloping and sea clamming is what I've been doing for most of my adult life. I've been all up and down the Atlantic coast. It's definitely hard work, sometimes in tough conditions, but I generally felt strong and healthy while I was doing it. During those winter months though, I was really dragging. I kept thinking I'd start to feel better but it didn't happen. Things only got worse so I finally went to the doctor. The diagnosis was Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer that has a big impact on the immune system.

I had my initial treatment across the bay but was able to get back to the Shore right after that for the rest of my chemotherapy which turned out to be a very good thing. I was born in Nassawadox and raised in Cape Charles. My family and friends are in this community, so being able to get back home mattered a lot to me. Given the way I was feeling some of the time during chemo, not having to travel back and forth was a real plus.

Once I started at the Riverside Shore Cancer Center, Dr. Stith let me know that this was a treatable disease, something that I could come back from. That kind of positive thinking really lifted my spirits. Getting that kind of support and very close personal attention has been as important in helping me beat the lymphoma as the treatment itself. During the whole time I was there, everyone at the Cancer Center was very professional but also very comforting. The place, the people, and the whole experience created an atmosphere of healing for me.

Billye Custis at home

"I really don't think I could have made it if I had to cross the water."

I've lived in Onley all my life. I've been on the town council and I've been the mayor, so being involved in the community is something that's part of who I am, something that I take very seriously. That's part of the reason why when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I wanted to stay close to the people who have been part of my work, my life and my support all these years. The other part is that I knew I would get the kind of care I needed to get back to my family and friends as healthy as possible.

At the Riverside Shore Cancer Center I was a name, not a number. I felt valued not only as a patient but as a person. And I felt a real sense of compassion that came along with the staff's skills and training. Starting with my mammogram and biopsy and going through surgery and chemotherapy I was able to travel just a short distance to get treatment. I was tired and slept a lot during that time, kind of in the "chemo fog" that people talk about. I really don't think I could have made it if I had to cross the water.

The kind of care I got and the overall experience led me to become a volunteer at the Cancer Center. I listen to people describing their own experience and I talk a bit about what I went through. Someone will say, "I'm feeling this or I'm feeling that" and I'm able to share that world with them, we're able to be on the same page. I believe that if I can help one person it's all worthwhile. So having a healing place close to home made a difference in my treatment. And now it's making difference in my ability to give something back to the people and the community I'm part of through volunteering.