Patient Education

Educate to Empower

Cancer is not one disease but a group of many related diseases, but all types of cancer have one thing in common: They are life changing.

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Get Engaged

Knowledge is powerful and understanding your condition is the first step to becoming engaged in your care and an advocate for your health. We encourage you to do your own research, but we are also here to help! In addition to your physician and clinical care team, our Patient Navigators will work with you to provide information and education on your specific type of cancer.

Cancers We Treat at Sentara

Bladder and Urologic Cancer

Urologic cancer occurs when cells grow in ways that are typical in male reproductive organs and organs that produce and eliminate urine in men and women.

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Blood Cancer

Blood cancer can begin in bone marrow or tissue that carries white blood cells throughout the body to fight infection (lymphatic system). While blood cancer can occur in any cell type, it primarily affects white blood cells.

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Bone and Soft Tissue Cancer

Sarcoma is a cancer that occurs in bones or the soft tissue that surround and connect bones.

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Breast Cancer

There are four types of breast cancer: ductal carcinoma, inflammatory breast cancer, lobular carcinoma and Paget’s disease of the breast.

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Colorectal / GI Cancer

Gastrointestinal cancer, also known as GI cancer, is cancer that begins in the digestive tract. Cancer can occur in any of the organs within the GI tract.

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Gynecologic Cancer

The female reproductive system includes the organs involve in menstruation and pregnancy, including the ovaries, uterus and vagina. Cancer occurs when cells grow in ways they aren’t supposed to an any part of these organs.

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Head and Neck Cancer

Sentara cancer specialists treat patients with laryngeal cancer, oral cancer, paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer, salivary gland cancer and throat cancer.

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Lung / Thoracic Cancer

Your lungs help your blood get the oxygen it needs and remove carbon dioxide. The lungs include a network of tubes (bronchi), smaller tubes (bronchioles) and small air sacs (alveoli). Lung cancer often begins in the cells that line these tubes.

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Neurologic Cancer

Neurologic cancer occurs when cells grow in ways that aren’t typical in the brain, skull or spinal cord. When cancer is in these areas, it is sometimes called central nervous system (CNS) cancer.

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Prostate Cancer

The prostate gland makes fluid for semen and sits below the bladder. Prostate cancer is a type of bladder and urologic cancer.

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Rare and Complex Cancer

Rare and complex cancers are those that fewer people experience or that require more advanced treatments from highly trained cancer specialists.

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Skin Cancer

Your skin’s job is essential – it protects you from bacteria and other substances and helps control your body’s temperature. It has three main layers, with most skin cancer occurring in the epidermis.

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Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer can occur in men and women. Some people experience symptoms such as a lump in their neck, changes in their voice and swollen lymph nodes.

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Nobody should face cancer alone.

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