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 healthcare 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
Riverside Cancer Care's Patient Navigation program helps guide patients and their families through the healthcare system in general and the cancer experience in particular.
Francie Verniel, the Riverside Lung Cancer Navigator, can help smooth out an often scary and sometimes isolated road. She is there to help guide you through tests, treatments and the many questions you might face. Providing reliable information and comforting support, Francie can help coordinate care for lung cancer patients from a suspicious screening through diagnosis, treatment and cancer survival.
Along with assistance related directly to cancer care, Francie can also help with concerns about insurance, transportation and a variety of support services. Riverside's Patient Navigation Program is here for you at no cost.
To reach Francie:
Francie Verniel, BS, RN, OCN, Patient Navigator
Lung Cancer Program (757) 534-5156
Lung Cancer Screenings (757) 534-5864
In Tappahannock, please call the HCA Cancer Care Network at (804) 422-2273.
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 adjacent to the Cancer Resources Library, on the 1st floor of the Riverside Cancer Care Center.
Cancer Resources Library
Riverside Cancer Care offers a Cancer Resources Library for cancer patients, family or friends, and those in the community interested in cancer prevention and early detection. The library has lay-oriented books, videos, informative brochures on a wide collection of cancer-related topics. The library is located on the first floor of the Riverside Cancer Care Center and is available free to those in need of information. Cancer Services staff members are available to assist those who visit the library.
Address & Phone Number:
Cancer Resource Library
Riverside Cancer Care Center
12100 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, Virginia 23601
Cancer Support Group
For those who are diagnosed and their caregivers
The fourth Tuesday of each month, 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Francie Verniel, (757) 534-5156 or Harolette Kelley, (757) 534-5196
The Tree Branch Boutique
Riverside Cancer Care Center - Peninsula
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