Cancer care in Hopewell, Virginia

John Randolph Medical Center is bringing advanced cancer care closer to our patients and their families. This means you and your family members will have greater access to one of the world’s leading teams of cancer specialists, breakthrough researchers and compassionate caregivers in the TriCities area. From education through diagnosis and treatment, we provide personalized care that is designed to guide you through your cancer journey—medically, physically and emotionally.

For more information about our cancer care program, contact our oncology nurse navigator, Austin Cecil, RN, at (804) 452-3271 or austin.anderson@HCAhealthcare.com.

Our Accredited Cancer Center's clinical features and services

As an HCA facility partnered with the Sarah Cannon Institute, we aim to bring you the best cancer care. Our clinical features and commendations include:

  • Accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program designated by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
  • Accredited Facility for Mammography by the American College of Radiology
  • Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology
  • Access to national clinical research trials
  • Oncology nurse navigator to guide patients from diagnosis through treatment and survivorship
  • Minimally invasive surgical options
  • Survivorship planning
  • Clinical team that includes oncology-certified nurses, specialized pharmacists, dietitians, nurse navigators, therapists, supportive care counselors and social workers
  • Board-certified physician team comprised of specialists in medical oncology, radiation oncology, hematology, gynecology, internal medicine, pathology, palliative care, radiology, primary care, pulmonary medicine, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery and urology

Types of cancer we treat

Blood cancer

Our oncologists and hematologists collaborate to provide comprehensive, personalized blood cancer treatment. Our multidisciplinary team are committed to treating leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma with the latest technologies and techniques, so you can get the care that you need.

Common symptoms of blood cancer include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Easy bruising
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

To confirm blood cancer diagnoses, laboratory testing, bone marrow biopsies and radiological exams are typically conducted. Your treatment will vary depending on the type of blood cancer that you have.

Breast cancer

John Randolph offers a variety of breast health services to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. If breast cancer is detected, you can be confident you can receive comprehensive care at our Accredited Cancer Center.

Digital imaging technology, like digital mammography, offers physicians a clearer image. Through the use of digital mammography, our mammographers are able to view better images of breast tissue, which in turn allows for earlier detection.

Colorectal cancer

According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, the lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about five percent. John Randolph Medical Center is here to provide personalized, comprehensive colorectal cancer treatment and cancer screenings to detect early signs of cancer.

Colon polyps are the most common findings in colorectal cancer screenings, and early detection and removal is the best way to keep them from becoming cancerous.

It is imperative to be mindful of any symptoms and to talk to your physician if you notice any of the following:

  • Bowel movement changes
  • Blood in the stool
  • Diarrhea, constipation or the feeling that your bowels don't empty completely
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Constant fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Narrower than normal stools

In order to diagnose colorectal cancer, your physician will conduct a thorough medical examination and tests, including:

  • Digital rectal exam
  • Decal occult blood test
  • X-ray of the large intestine
  • Colonoscopy
  • Biopsy

Surgery is the most common treatment for colorectal cancer to remove then reattach portions of the colon (colectomy), surgically insert one end of your colon through your abdominal wall (colostomy), or to remove any colon polyps (polypectomy).

Gynecologic cancer

About 70,500 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer each year. At John Randolph, our team of gynecologists and oncologists collaborate to help prevent gynecologic cancer with vaccinations, screenings and help with lifestyle shifts.

Gynecologic cancer can affect the cervix, ovaries, uterus, vagina or vulva.

Regular pap smear screenings and tests, getting the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine and test, maintaining a healthy diet and weight and practicing safe sexual habits will help decrease your risk of gynecologic cancer.

Symptoms related to gynecologic cancer vary depending on its type. Some symptoms may be hard to recognize because it can be caused by a different condition, and it varies by each person.

Gynecologic cancer symptoms can include:

  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Bloating
  • Changes in urination or bowel movements
  • Itching or burning vulva
  • Changes in the vulva skin (such as its color)
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge

Lung cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 224,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. Additionally, lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. for both men and women.

Our pulmonologists, oncologists and surgical oncologists provide comprehensive lung cancer care. Some of the lung cancer diagnostic tests you may undergo include:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans

Smoking increases your risk of getting lung cancer, however, it is possible to get lung cancer if you have never smoked. Getting a lung cancer screening is necessary, because obvious symptoms may not show until the cancer is in a more advanced stage. If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor or physician:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Pneumonia
  • Wheezing
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Persistent cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer appears when cancer cells develop in a man's prostate—the gland within the urinary system that produces semen. According to the American Cancer Society, one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Our multidisciplinary staff provides prostate cancer screenings and diagnoses to detect prostate cancer in its early stages, as well as decrease the risk of it forming. A prostate cancer screening may include a digital rectal exam (DRE) or a prostate-specific androgen (PSA) blood test.

Prostate cancer may not produce any signs in its early stages. Screenings are essential to detect cancer in its earliest stages when it is less aggressive.

Men who may have a more advanced stage of prostate cancer may experience symptoms, such as:

  • Urination discomfort
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Discomfort while sitting
  • Weak or interrupted urine flow

Cancer treatment

Some of the cancer treatment options John Randolph provides include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Surgical oncology
  • Cryosurgery
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Radiation therapy
  • Robotic surgery, including minimally invasive robotic surgeries

Cancer support

Our cancer center provides support and resources from local cancer groups in the TriCities area. Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) provides help and assistance for patients with breast cancer through education and advocacy. Additionally, The American Cancer Society (ACS) publishes and provides free information about their program and services, such as clinical trial matching, local events and other information. For more information about ACS's offerings, please call (800) 227-2345 or visit their website at www.cancer.org.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

John Randolph Medical Center is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (804) 591-4152 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.