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Chemotherapy Classes

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VCS Chemotherapy Class Schedule

If you are interested in joining us for a class, please contact your Oncology Nurse Navigator to be scheduled.

Dates and times are subject to change.  Patients may bring one caregiver to class with them.  Please consult with your Nurse Navigator to confirm class information.

Alexandria Office
4660 Kenmore Ave., Suite 1018
Alexandria, VA 22304
(571) 483-1800
Every other Friday 9:00am – 11:00am

Arlington Office
1701 N. George Mason Dr, Suite G101
Arlington, VA 22205
(703) 894-3800
Wednesdays 9:00am – 11:00am

Fairfax Office (Administrative Office)
3040 Williams Dr, Suite 100
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 280-5390
Tuesdays 9:00am – 11:00am

Gainesville Office
7901 Lake Manassas Dr.
Gainesville, VA 20155
(571) 222-2200
Thursdays 9:00am – 11:00am

Loudoun Office
44035 Riverside Pkwy., Suite 300
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 554-6800
Mondays 9:00am – 11:00am

Reston Office
1830 Town Center Dr., Suite 303
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 437-6535
Every other Monday 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Woodbridge Office
2280 Opitz Blvd., Suite 300
Woodbridge, VA 22191
(703) 986-1600
Thursdays 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Chemotherapy Classes With VCS

Our chemotherapy classes are designed for patients beginning chemotherapy and their caregivers. Our goal is to provide the information necessary to understand how chemotherapy affects the body and to assist in understanding how to manage the side effects that can accompany chemotherapy treatment.

Chemotherapy classes are taught by our Patient Educator, who is an Oncology Certified Registered Nurse.

Chemotherapy classes are general teaching sessions that are designed to help patients and support persons learn about chemotherapy treatment and how to manage potential side effects that can be associated with chemotherapy treatment.  Topics that will be covered in class include:

  • Preparing for your treatment day
  • Blood counts
  • Infection
  • Anemia
  • Bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Nutrition during treatment
  • Appetite changes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mouth and throat changes
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Skin and nail changes
  • Reproductive and sexual changes
  • Nervous system changes