Today there’s more hope than ever before for our patients.
Today, millions of people are living with cancer or have had cancer, including yourself or people that you care about. Virginia Cancer Specialists offers disease and drug information with the intent of helping you learn more about what you can expect for “typical treatment” of common types of cancer. Use this information to help you better understand the disease that you or your loved one is faced with. Then talk with your physician about how a customized treatment plan will be developed for your specific needs.
Our community based physicians treat all cancer types, with subspecialists in areas such as Breast, GI, Lung, Genitourinary, Sarcoma, and Hematologic Malignancies, to name a few.
My goal as a physician is to provide personalized care for my patients, tailoring state-of-the-art therapy to their individual situations, and providing them access to cutting-edge clinical trials. I believe that the care of my patients extends well beyond just focusing on the optimal therapy of their cancer; my approach is to treat patients as an individual, addressing all the social, emotional and psychological issues that arise secondary to a cancer diagnosis.View Bio
I strive to treat every patient as if they were my own family member, while concurrently providing state-of-the-art multidisciplinary cancer care that’s close to home.View Bio
Getting a diagnosis of cancer is the most challenging thing any patient and family will have to go through. My job is to provide the most comprehensive options for patients, with state-of-the-art care and compassion.View Bio
Caring for women with breast cancer is a privilege. I am tasked with determining the very best treatment for each individual patient and working collaboratively with them on their journey.View Bio
I am mindful of how life altering a diagnosis of cancer can be, not just for the patient, but all the loved ones in their life as well. Patients and families rightly deserve, and will always get the very best of us in intelligence and compassion, along with access to state of the art treatment which is continually improving long-term outcomes.View Bio
From benign breast problems to breast cancer it’s my passion to keep informed of the latest treatments and technologies that benefit my patients. I love working with an experienced and dedicated team of physicians who work to personalize and tailor each treatment plan to best meet the needs of the patient as an individual - and the family as a whole.View Bio
Modern progress and therapeutics continuously inspire me; how much more can be offered to our patients. I am honored daily to earn my patients trust, while offering my very best - I will always treat them with the importance and respect they deserve.View Bio
We have seen remarkable advances in the understanding and treatment of cancer in the last few years. Providing my patients with compassionate, state of the art care is what inspires me everyday.View Bio
Sarcomas are uncommon, so most of our patients will have already seen one or more doctors before being referred. The VCS sarcoma team works hard to get the right diagnosis and the optimal treatment plan for our patients quickly and compassionately.View Bio
Compassion for patients and excitement for scientific breakthroughs have always motivated me as an oncologist. I feel privileged to treat patients with challenging diseases with an expanding array of effective therapies.View Bio
There are lots of different gene abnormalities that predispose people to certain cancers, and we find them. Our work affects a patient's entire family too, and that's a big concern for many that come to us.
Every cancer patient and their family are different, with their own unique needs. My goal is to design an individual treatment plan to help each and every one of my patients to achieve the best outcome possible.View Bio
The best part of my job is connecting with my patients and helping to demystify the fears and anxiety often associated with a cancer diagnosis. I want my patients to feel empowered and to continue to find life fulfilling in spite of living with cancer, and if I can contribute in a meaningful way, I have done my job.View Bio
When a person entrusts me with their health, a sacred patient - doctor bond is created. Modern medicine and good old fashion caring, helps both of us navigate this journey together.View Bio
I take very seriously the privilege given to me when I am asked to help in a person’s care. An up-to-date, comprehensive and holistic approach to patient care allows us to achieve the best possible outcome.View Bio
Our understanding of the mechanisms and driving mutations of cancer are rapidly evolving. We use our medical knowledge, judgement, and vast experience to offer the most personalized, comprehensive, and compassionate care to guide every person through this challenging journey together.View Bio
I chose to be an oncologist in order to help people through one of life’s most challenging times. I serve as the go-to for patients with complex cancer needs, who deserve quality and coordinated care. My focus is on the person, not any one disease. Providing the best care close to home is my highest priority.View Bio
At the heart of every cancer patient, is that they are being cared for. Here at Virginia Cancer Specialists we provide both personalized and compassionate care.View Bio
“I place a high premium on customer service, and that starts with me. I insist that patients are seen on time, and that wait times for consultations and treatment start times are as short as possible. We are dealing with cancer, after all. At VCS we have the best of both worlds (private practice with close personal attention and also academic with cutting edge research and treatment options).”View Bio
Our team at the Virginia Cancer Specialists Radiation Oncology Center is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of care. As a physician, I strive to provide my patients with the very best treatment available, specific to their needs. It is an honor and a great privilege to do this work.View Bio
Breast cancer patients meet us at one of the most vulnerable times in their life. For those of us who see this as a calling and not just a job, we have the privilege of helping patients, guiding them at this time when they need it most.View Bio
As an oncologist, you develop strong bonds with your patients. At VCS, we are fortunate to have access to state of the art therapies, which allows my patients to get stronger, healthier, and live better lives. My patients have taught me so much about what it means to be a good doctor, and this is what keeps me passionate about what I do every day.View Bio
I relate to each patient as an individual - not as an individual with a cancer diagnosis, but as a person with unique needs and expectations to be addressed within the scope of our comprehensive care and treatment options offered at our practice. It is my objective to have all of our patients receive this high quality, individualized care. It is my hope that with every visit, our patients feel as if their care is most paramount to every member of our team. After all, our team is their team at Virginia Cancer Specialists.View Bio
What an exciting time to be treating cancer patients! The advances in treatment over the past few years now generate tremendous optimism that you can see on our patient’s faces.View Bio
The goal of palliative care is to provide relief from symptoms and stress of a serious illness. I take a holistic approach when treating my patients. When you treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.View Bio
We provide a diverse team of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and support staff to ensure that our patients receive the best care in an efficient and supportive environment.View Bio
“We are at an exciting time in the care of patients with cancer. We continue to have newer, better treatments – advancing our knowledge, enabling us to target these therapies more to each individual. At VCS you can be assured that you will receive state-of-the-art cancer care that is the best plan for you and your family.”View Bio
Compassionate care is achieved when we combine our medical expertise with an unwavering responsibility, to treat others as we would want to be treated ourselves. The most fulfilling part of my day is found in the relationships that I build with my patients. I find it a privilege to be part of each and every patient's journey.View Bio
It is important for me to work with a practice that is dedicated to providing patient-centered team care while also offering the very latest advanced treatments. Virginia Cancer Specialists has an excellent and well-deserved reputation as a world-class cancer center that believes in putting patients first. I enjoy collaborating with this group of compassionate, highly-skilled physicians as we help patients achieve the best possible outcomes.View Bio
Collaboration is the next innovation: bringing together the best of minds for the fastest diagnosis, most effective treatment and optimal quality of life and longevity.
As a physician, he tells his patients: It’s my job to worry for you… it’s your job to live life.
Fighting cancer is always challenging. From diagnosis and treatment to cancer survivorship, my goal is to ease this process and help you to live each day to the fullest by personalizing treatment plans to fit the needs of you and your family. At Virginia Cancer Specialists, your specific cancer will be treated with the most advanced cancer care, including the latest in cutting-edge treatment and clinical trial options.View Bio
Dr. Heintz’s focus is on excellence in communication regarding symptom management, and defining treatments that meet individual needs and optimize quality of life.View Bio
Read about Rinad’s cancer journey and how her doctors provided individualized guidance and support.
Getting through law school is hard enough. Now do it with cancer.
Read about Reginé’s cancer journey and how her doctors provided individualized guidance and support.
When I completed my last cancer treatment, I understood the significant life change I had undergone. But in that moment, I also realized that cancer had helped me find the power of my voice. Reginé Bumper, patient - Virginia Cancer Specialists
Read about Betsy’s cancer journey and how her doctors provided individualized guidance and support.
There is nothing but hope going forward.
The Surprising Diagnosis
I didn’t fit the risk categories. Twenty-seven years ago, I went in for a mammogram and learned that I had breast cancer. It was a stunning diagnosis. I had no family history, stayed fit, and had healthy eating habits which included lots of fruit and vegetables.Continue Reading
Read about Amy’s cancer journey and how her doctors provided individualized guidance and support.
“Anything you can do to help your body during cancer treatment is important, but it doesn’t stop there. You can change your life.”
In January 2010, I was diagnosed with melanoma and found myself scared and uncertain about the future. After several surgeries, I was referred to Dr. Patel-Donnelly at Virginia Cancer Specialists. It was the beginning of a journey that would inspire and change my life.
The moment I met Dr.Continue Reading
Read about Sharon’s cancer journey and how her doctors provided individualized guidance and support.
Imagine that feeling of control, creativity, and joy. Cancer doesn’t take that moment away. Cancer takes a backseat while I’m holding the brush.
Using Creativity to Cope with Cancer
Facing a cancer diagnosis during a pandemic can be especially lonely. Through the ups and downs of treatment, I found my energy waning as fatigue came and went. But then a relative suggested I try art again, something I hadn’t done since college.
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