A little laugh A little promise A little hope
At Chesapeake General Hospital, cancer patients know from the moment they walk in the door that they'll find everything they need to fight their disease with the help of caring healthcare professionals. From radiation, chemotherapy, pain management and nutrition consultation to social services, home care and financial aid, patients will find complete, personalized care at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.
And yes, cancer treatment has its victories and its days of celebration. that's why we have this bell of hope in the Oman Cancer Treatment Center. It's there to ring out the news that another patient has completed their treatment. It's time to move on!
Chesapeake Regional’s Breast Center combines cutting-edge technology and personal service.
The hospital offers comprehensive cancer care including:
- A designated 32-bed inpatient unit devoted exclusively to cancer patients.
- Nurses who specialize and are certified in the care of oncology patients.
- On-site, board-certified radiation oncologists.
- A complete menu of the latest diagnostic services including MRI, CT scan, nuclear medicine, mammography with ImageChecker, X-ray testing and pathology lab.
- Low Dose Rate Prostate Seed Implant Program
- Two Varian linear accelerators for radiation therapy, with capabilities such as Rapid Arc, Conebeam and Exac Trac CT imaging.
- A Nucletron HDR unit for high dose radiation treatment.
- A full range of surgeons and other medical specialists on-site for consultation with radiation oncologists.
- A pleasant, soothing environment designed with patient comfort in mind.
- Reserved parking and a covered drop-off area for patients' convenience.
- A resource library with Internet access.
- Outdoor landscaped "Garden of Hope" area for reflection.
- 24-hour availability of emergency and operating rooms and pathology and diagnostic services.
- An Outpatient Infusion Center staffed with skilled nurses to perform procedural treatments such as chemotherapy, blood transfusions and IV therapy.
- Convenient weekday appointments for radiation, chemotherapy and IV therapy.
- Cancer registry that manages the database of all reportable cancer diagnoses and treatment received at CRMC.
- Affiliation with the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Institute of Hampton Roads.
Within the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center family of providers, cancer patients have access to:
- IV therapy. This service often allows patients to go home sooner than expected after beign hospitalized or prevents them from being hospitalized at all by bringing the skilled treatment and attention of medical professionals right into their homes.
- Lymphedema therapy. Breast cancer patients suffering from accumulated fluid and proteins in their body tissues often find relief through a specially developed massaging procedure, called "manual lymph drainage." The technique employs a gentle, rhythmic massage to remove toxins, excess water and metabolic waste from body tissues and help the body to heal more quickly.
- Pain management. The goal of this service is for the patient to achieve pain control and comfort with minimal side effects.
- Palliative care. Palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for the families and patients with advanced illness.
- Registered dietitians. These certified practitioners are experienced in medical nutrition therapy and health education counseling.
- Community education. The resource center, housed within the Sidney M. Oman Cancer Treatment Center, provides patients and their family members with a place to find the latest materials on cancer, including brochures and books for loan.
- Home Health. Chesapeake Regional Medical Center's Home Care Services is staffed by a specialized team of healthcare professionals, including nurses, occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, dietitians, home health aides and social workers who are eager to provide the most personalized and caring medical attention to patients requiring follow-up care at home. Hospice brings together the skills of dedicated healthcare professionals to treat and comfort terminally ill patients and their families.
- Social services. Chesapeake Regional Medical Center counselors serve as liaisons between healthcare professionals and any community resources needed by patients and their families.
- Support groups. An array of support groups focus on various medical conditions for patients and caregivers, including the American Cancer Society's "Look Good, Feel Better" classes.
- Pastoral care. A team of interdenominational clergy is based within the hospital and on-call for family counseling and consolation.
For more information call 757-312-6294.
Cancer Resources :
American Cancer Society
American Brain Tumor Association
American Institute for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health - Clinical Trials
National Institutes of Health - Cancer Facts
University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
The Cancer Program offered by Chesapeake Regional Medical Center has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons since 1976. Its mission is to provide the best possible medical care to patients with cancer, to assure the availability of total-support services both to patients and to their families, and to supply educational and preventative programs to our staff, our patients, and the community.
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center is a proud sponsor of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.