Supporting Your JourneyTogether

Patient Navigators

Because cancer care typically involves many treatments from a wide range of doctors and specialists, it can be incredibly overwhelming — especially as you are trying to emotionally come to terms with your diagnosis and the journey ahead. That’s why our Sentara Brock Cancer Center offers patients a dedicated medical professional called a cancer patient navigator. From diagnosis to recovery, they are there to help guide you through the process and provide the answers and support you need.

Get to know our Sentara Brock Cancer Center Navigators
CATHY FINULIAR

CATHY FINULIAR

Cathy, a Nurse Navigator, helps patient better understand their condition, treatment options available and helps to take the uncertainty out of what comes next. She can be reached at 757-624-0193.

Clayres Johnson

CLAYRES JOHNSON

A Breast Cancer Survivor and now a Nurse Navigator, Clayres cherishes the opportunity to listen, advocate, guide and inspire patients along the journey. She can be reached at 757-624-0142.

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Your Sentara Account

Sentara offers patients access to a special online portal with a downloadable app to help take the stress out of managing care. We encourage all of our patients to sign-up and download the app. You can see information about your condition all in one place – medications, test results, upcoming appointments, and even patient education. You’re also able to send messages to your care team and give access to family members that may be helping in your care. And that’s not all! With online billing through the app, you can even see all your Sentara medical bills together.

View our guide to your Sentara online account.

Peer Mentoring

For cancer patients and caregivers going through their cancer journey, our Peer Mentor Program, in partnership with Imerman Angels, will connect those interested with mentors for more one-on-one support. Learn more by viewing our brochure or talk to your Nurse Navigator. If you’re ready, you can complete our application and send an email to peermentor@sentara.com.

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Spiritual Support Services

At Sentara, we know that care of the spirit cannot be separated from physical care. We honor your unique spirit, physical and emotional needs, values and beliefs. Recognizing the diversity of spiritual, cultural and religious traditions you bring to us, we are committed to respecting all these things as we care for you.

Our chaplains are our spiritual care specialists, caring for people who are not religious, for those who follow particular faith traditions, and for those who are exploring the meaning of life. If you have a desire to connect with a chaplain, please let your Nurse Navigator know.

Integrative and Complementary Support Services

Even beyond the other offerings listed here, our center will bring together a wide range of integrative and complementary services to better support our patients. Here is a full list of programs available or in development. We encourage you to speak to your Nurse Navigator or Care Team to learn about our latest offerings:

Wellness Beyond Cancer
A six week therapeutic fitness, yoga and wellness for healing program in collaboration with Better Beach Bodies and Yoga from the Heart. Learn to harness the restorative power of mindful meditation and the practice of yoga to combat fatigue, improve strength, as well as mental and physical functioning. Register for an upcoming session.

Mindfulness Meditation
On the second and fourth Monday of the month at noon, Stephanee Howell and Frank McKenna will be holding sessions to experience the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for the mind and body. It’s open to patients AND caregivers! Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged. Simply call 1-800-SENTARA (1-800-736-8272).

Pet Therapy
Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with health problems such as cancer.

Art Therapy
With a link found between art therapy and overall improvement in anxiety and depression, sessions are led by an Art Therapist and EVMS interns. Registration required. New sessions to begin in the Fall. Click here for dates & times (virtual sessions also being made available).

Nutritional Counseling — Coming Soon
A registered dietician will soon be joining our team to provide outpatient nutritional counseling for our oncology patients. Whether you’re in need of general wellness support or guidance for what and how to get the nutrition you need during treatment, we look forward to offering this service both in personal and virtually in the near future.

Music and Movement — Coming Soon
Designed with the goal to reduce stress, anxiety and depression associated with a cancer diagnosis.

Acupuncture, Reiki and Massage Therapy — Coming Soon
These services have each been shown to improve the overall sense of well-being for patients undergoing and recovering post-treatment.

Beauty Within — Coming Soon
Going through cancer treatment can make an impact on how our patients feel about and see themselves. We are preparing to introduce a new image recovery program to help regain their confidence.

Classes, Events and Support Groups

At Sentara, we believe that care should extend beyond the physical aspect of treating a disease. That’s why we provide a variety of support groups to help patients and their families cope with the emotional and mental strain that an illness can cause. We are also developing a Wellness Beyond Cancer program that brings together yoga, wellness and exercise for patients that have completed their treatment and want to work on overall health and fitness. Ask your navigator or a care team member for more info!

See support groups in your area

Community Resources

There is an incredible amount of support in our community to help those with cancer. In addition to local resources, there are a number of national resources as well. We are also excited to soon welcome Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater to our cancer center campus. They are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the emotional and non-medical needs of cancer patients and their caregivers in our community.

Learn more about Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater.

Local & National Resources
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Transportation Needs

If you have special communications or transportation needs, we want to do our best to help! Please let us know if there are any specific needs at the time you schedule your appointment. There are also a number of organizations in the community that offer transportation services.

Download a pdf of transportation resources

Financial Support Services

At Sentara, we understand that health care expenses and understanding your insurance coverage and payment options can be overwhelming. We are here to help. The Sentara Brock Cancer Center can connect patients and their families to Financial Counselors ready to answer questions and help you put together a financial plan that works for you.

Download the Understanding Your Health Insurance pdfDownload the The Top 8 Things a Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patient Needs to Know About Financial Issues pdf
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Volunteers

We love our volunteers! If you’re interested in supporting the Sentara Brock Cancer Center, our volunteer application and orientation process is now conducted electronically. If you need assistance with any step in the process please contact Arkeisha Smith: 757-624-0378 or at acsmith8@sentara.com.

Complete our digital application.

We also have a Patient & Family Advisory Council that is always looking for new members!
The Sentara patient-centered care philosophy recognizes the perspectives of patients and their families as a valuable resource. Sentara encourages the involvement of patients and families in shaping our hospital services.

The Sentara Cancer, Patient and Family Advisory Council members have committed their time, efforts and talents to serve in a consulting capacity for a variety of hospital issues and programs. Working together we support our mission “to improve health every day.” Established in 2013, the PFAC is always recruiting for new members who are in Hampton Roads. Join us!