Cancer Care

A common feeling among patients diagnosed with cancer is a sense of being alone, of not being able to share their concerns, anxieties and fears, even with family and loved ones. That situation and the importance of being empowered through information and common experiences is the basis for the emphasis that Riverside Cancer Care places on education and support.

This support includes individual and highly personalized assistance with navigating the complexities of the health care system, programs that focus on the emotional needs of patients and the people at home who help provide their care, art and expressive therapies, web resources related to cancer care and a number of support groups for patients and family members and friends.

The Patient Navigation Program

This program helps guide patients and their families through the health care system in general and the cancer experience in particular. Riverside wants to help support you and your family through this difficult time. Our cancer patient navigators help smooth out an often scary and sometimes isolated road. They will be there to help guide you through tests, treatments and the many questions you might face.

  • Provide reliable information and comforting support
  • Help coordinate care for breast, prostate, lung, colorectal and pancreatic cancer patients from a suspicious screening through diagnosis, treatment and cancer survival.
  • Help with concerns about insurance, transportation and a variety of support services.

Riverside's Patient Navigation Program is here for you at no cost.

Nurse educator

Fran Holcomb is Riverside Cancer Service's Nurse Educator. As an oncology certified nurse, Fran is a community resource for cancer patients and their family, friends, and significant others. Fran can help with breast and cervical cancer early detection programs, cancer screenings and other prevention materials. Her office is located on the 1st floor of the Riverside Cancer Care Center in Newport News.

Cancer Wellness Program

The Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center offers a 12-week Cancer Wellness Program that acts as a support group for cancer survivors and current cancer patients. The program is designed to help increase strength and endurance, improve mood, and increase overall quality of life. Our goal is to help patients throughout cancer treatment to improve fitness levels beyond treatment and into remission. Participants will receive supervised exercise, including individual aerobic exercise, yoga and strength and flexibility training to help improve strength, endurance, flexibility and overall health. For more information call 757-875-7525or by email at wellness@rivhs.com.

Riverside Cancer Care Network Survivorship Series

We invite you to join us for a Cancer Care Network Survivorship Series. This series brings you informative talks presented by Riverside experts on various topics, aimed at supporting the whole person, not just a disease, to enhance quality of life. These lectures will broadcast LIVE on our Riverside Facebook and YouTube channels.

From the time of you or your loved one's cancer diagnosis, through treatment and survivorship, Riverside Cancer Care Network is here to support you each step of your journey.

March 3, 2022 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Topic: "Fitness and Wellness during Cancer Treatment through Survivorship" 
Presenter: Hannah Hill, Exercise Specialist
Summary: Exercise can be a vital tool to help throughout cancer treatment and improve fitness levels beyond treatment through survivorship. Learn ways fitness can help increase strength and endurance, improve mood and increase quality of life.

May 26, 2022 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Topic: "Symptom Management"
Presenter: Ashley Abraham, MSOT, OTR/L, CLT-UE, Clinical Lead - Cancer Rehabilitation, Riverside Outpatient Therapy Services
Summary: New Normal? You may think how you are feeling is your new normal, but there are techniques and therapies to help with mobility and fatigue. Learn about ways therapy can help.

August 25, 2022 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Topic: "Well-Being After Cancer - Stay on Top of Preventative Cancer Screenings"
Presenter: Fran Holcomb, BSN, RN, OCN, Cancer Education & Outreach Nurse
Summary: When it comes to fighting cancer, early detection is key. Regular preventative cancer screenings are one of the best ways to take care of your health and save lives. Learn about the latest recommended cancer screening guidelines.

November 10, 2022 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 

Topic: "Ways to Relieve Stress"
Presenter: Steven McGee, Bereavement Counselor, Riverside Hospice 
Summary: Feeling stressed during the holidays happens to many. Learn ways to help better manage stress into the holiday season and throughout the year.

Bereavement Group

Riverside Hospice provides bereavement support to assist adults in adjustments during the initial period of mourning and into the actual work of grief after the death of a loved one. To assist in this process, group and individual counseling are provided to those who are in need of this service. The Bereavement Group meets virtually every Friday from 1:30-3:00.  To register to attend the group, please email steven.mcgee@rivhs.com or call 757-594-2745. 

This group is open to the community at large and to any type of loss resulting from the death of a loved one. They are designed for adults 18 years of age and older; both are free of charge. Individual bereavement counseling is available for a limited number of sessions to provide additional support when needed.

This service is also free of charge. Bereavement education is also available to area groups such as physician offices, universities, and service organizations who wish to learn more about the grief process or who are interested in helping others with the grief process.

Web Resources

Survivorship Program — Financial Talk

Fitness and Wellness During Cancer Treatment Through Survivorship

Nutritional Guidance for Cancer Patients