For Patients

Today there’s more hope than ever before for our patients.


At Virginia Cancer Specialists we are devoted to treating you with the best, most effective and advanced therapies available today. And through our clinical research of promising new therapies, we’re finding even better treatments every day giving you and your family hope for tomorrow.

Our highly-skilled physicians and staff specialize in the treatment of cancer and diseases of the blood, and we are committed to providing you with the most advanced and personalized care available.  Our centers are designed with your comfort in mind, and we offer the latest technologies and treatment options, including clinical research trials.

Patient Stories

Amy Nave

Diagnosis: Melanoma

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.

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Kate Zickel

Diagnosis: Stage 3 IDC, ER+, PR+

Read about Kate’s cancer journey and how her doctors provided individualized guidance and support.

I’m young, I’m tough and I’m competitive. Thanks to the excellent care I've received from Anne Favret and her team, I'm going to be okay. I’m going to win. In the words of John Paul Jones, “I have not yet begun to fight!”

I was diagnosed with stage three invasive ductal carcinoma on September 21, 2017. The good news: It’s the most common and treatable type of breast cancer.

The other good news is that I’m one of the fortunate ones who has a huge group of wonderful people backing me up.

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Kate's Doctor
Anne Favret, MD

Elizabeth Keane

Diagnosis: Breast Cancer

Read about Elizabeth’s cancer journey and how her doctors provided individualized guidance and support.

Go forth and set the world on fire!

The week before Thanksgiving in 2016, I felt a strange lump in my breast. The following week, I went to my OBGYN who had me get a mammogram (I was already up to date on my mammograms), sonogram and biopsy. On December 6, I was told I had breast cancer.

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Patrick Russo

Diagnosis: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Read about Patrick’s cancer journey and how her doctors provided individualized guidance and support.

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.

Virginia Cancer Specialists was recommended to me by a colleague who happens to be a highly acclaimed medical professional in the DC area. I was diagnosed on May 6th 2014 at the age of 25.

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Patrick's Doctor
Robert Christie, MD, FACP

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Preparing For Your First Visit

As a new oncology or hematology patient, you probably have a lot of information and thoughts to digest. To make your first visit to Virginia Cancer Specialists flow more smoothly and to reduce wait time, please complete the New Patient Forms in their entirety. You may fill them out online using our online forms submission system.  Please have them filled out at least 24-48 hours prior to your appointment. We also recommend you bring another person with you to your first appointment, which could last an hour or two. Your appointment could include the following:

  • Meeting and an evaluation with your physician.
  • Meeting with one of our Patient Benefit Specialists to discuss your insurance and billing questions.  Please have your most recent insurance cards with you.
  • Any additional tests needed for accurate diagnosis to help guide your treatment.

What To Ask

What To Tell

Patient Forms



Please have the online forms submitted at least 24-48 hours before your appointment.


Please also remember to bring with you the following items:

  • All medical insurance cards
  • Insurance Referral from your Primary Care Physician
  • Copy of your medical records
  • Virginia Cancer Specialists uses an automated appointment reminder system that will call two business days before your appointment to confirm the time and location. If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, please call the office as soon as possible to reschedule.

Thank you for choosing Virginia Cancer Specialists for your care and we look forward to meeting and serving you.

Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

Because Virginia Cancer Specialists is committed to providing the best available care to all of its patients, research is and will continue to be the cornerstone of the…

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Research and Clinical Trials are an integral part of advancing cancer care at VCS.

The physicians and staff in The US Oncology Network are helping to advance cancer care in community practices like VCS with novel cutting-edge therapies.


The VCS Research Institute prides itself on providing a quality program right in Northern Virginia.  Providing top-notch care and the latest, cutting-edge trials allows the program to study new and potentially life-saving treatments.  The VCS Research Institute was…