Life with Cancer

Life with Cancer

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Helping you and your loved ones live well with cancer, through free programs, classes and counseling.

01/03/2024

Happy New Year! We hope your 2024 is off to a good start! 🎉 we are here to support you throughout your cancer journey and look forward to serving you this year!

Check out some of our Life with Cancer upcoming educational classes, support groups, series and events taking place this month - all at no cost to you.

12/18/2023

We are overwhelmed with gratitude by the generosity of our friends at the Fairfax County Police Department who delivered toys and gifts for our Life with Cancer families and community this holiday season. ❤ Thank you FCPD for your service and for supporting Life with Cancer!

12/08/2023

Less than a month to go in 2023! 🎉✨Check out some Life with Cancer program highlights for this month including support groups, educational and fitness classes, and more!

Photos from Life with Cancer's post 12/05/2023

We had an awesome last week thanks to our friends at Boredom Busters and special guest, Washington Commanders' Casey Toohill! ❤ They came to the Life with Cancer Family Center to visit with and deliver toys and footballs for families impacted by . 🪀🧸🏈 We are so grateful for your support, generosity and for joining us for a fun event!

11/07/2023

November is Family Caregiver Awareness Month, and in support of caregivers, many of our Life with Cancer classes and groups are open to patients and their dedicated caregivers. This includes fitness classes, stress reduction/mindfulness programs, and cancer-specific groups.

This is an amazing opportunity for caregivers to meet each other in a supportive space. From caregiver connection groups that provide support for the challenges of caring for a loved one with cancer to programs on how to support your child after your cancer diagnosis — we have resources to help you navigate your role as a caregiver.

Learn how to ask for help when needed, manage strong emotions and family dynamics, and find new ways to take care of yourself.

Learn more at www.lifewithcancer.org or call 703-206-5433 for support.

Check out the schedule here: https://events.lifewithcancer.org/?date=2023-11-29

11/02/2023

View a few November free Life with Cancer classes and groups 👇 and register today at events.lifewithcancer.org

Photos from Life with Cancer's post 10/16/2023

As we acknowledge , Life with Cancer offers both in-person and online classes and groups as well as one-on-one, specialized support for those impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis to navigate understanding the disease, options for treatment, and learning to maximize opportunities for overall well-being. Classes, groups and support are offered at *no-cost* and open to any patient or loved one no matter where treatment is received. 👇👇👇 View our support groups, classes and a couple special, upcoming speaker events below.

10/02/2023
09/28/2023

ANNOUNCEMENT!
Our 12th Annual Bras for Hope event is lasting ALL MONTH LONG so that you have more time to get out and do some shopping

09/26/2023

At Life with Cancer, we are fortunate to have these skilled and compassionate oncology-trained team members supporting the children, teens, parents and caregivers in our community. 💛 As comes to a close, thank you for all you do!

🌟 In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we're shining a spotlight on our incredible pediatric team at Inova Life with Cancer Program! 🌟

This amazing team offers compassionate care and support for children and teens with cancer, their parents and caregivers, and children and teens who have a family member with cancer.

Their evidence-based services include:
🌈 Compassionate therapy and support services.
👥 Support groups tailored for young adults and parents.
📚 Education and resources meeting unique needs.

Learn more about Inova Schar Cancer Institute's Life with Cancer Program: www.lifewithcancer.org

Inova Children's

09/21/2023
09/18/2023

Life with Cancer is offering two Good Grief groups - one at Inova Loudoun Hospital's Life with Cancer Suite - https://bit.ly/ggloudoun and one at the Life with Cancer Family Center in Fairfax - https://bit.ly/ggfairfax

Discussion topics for this series includes:
🔷normalizing common grief reactions
🔶cultivating self-compassion and prioritizing self-care
🔷navigating relationships with family and friends
🔶supporting children
🔷managing role and routine changes
🔶coping with special days and life milestones
🔷community resources

09/07/2023

Every year, the Pediatric Bereavement Committee hosts the Ceremony of Remembrance, which is an opportunity for families to remember and honor the loved ones they have lost at Inova hospitals. This year’s ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 1st.

For more information about the Ceremony of Remembrance, please email [email protected].

09/07/2023

View a few of our upcoming free Life with Cancer classes and groups this month 👇 and register today at events.lifewithcancer.org

08/29/2023

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Did you know blood donors are instrumental in helping children during cancer treatment? Donating blood makes a life-changing difference for cancer patients by providing them with essential blood products needed to support their treatments and recovery.

Join Inova Blood Donor Services for a donation event on Friday, September 1, and be the hero for patients in our community.

Visit www.inovablood.org/LaborDay23 to learn more and make an appointment.

Inova Blood Donor Services

08/24/2023

Life with Cancer offers classes and groups for people of all ages, including children & teens as well as parents or caregivers 👪👨‍👨‍👧‍👦👩‍👦‍👦. View some of these upcoming events and register at events.lifewithcancer.org 📅

08/21/2023

📢 Webinar: Cancer Risk Factors: Truths and Myths
🗓️ Wednesday, August 23, at 2 p.m.

Join us for a special FREE webinar to learn about the advances made in cancer detection and prevention and how understanding your risks and taking action could save your life.

Don't miss it! Register here: https://inova.zoom.us/webinar/register/3316926260185/WN_ApIqTmNcQnucidBkpGQnLA

08/03/2023

The Virginia Cancer Conference hosted by CACV is a great opportunity to learn about cancer control and prevention across the state. The conference is scheduled for September 28-29 in Richmond. Learn more and register! https://cancercoalitionofvirginia.org/virginia-cancer-conference/

You don't want to miss the Virginia Cancer Conference 2023! We have a great program planned, including a strategy session on implementing the new . Check our website to learn more about the conference, and register today! http://ow.ly/Q1wX50NOcI2

08/01/2023

As we launch🚀 into August, here are a few Life with Cancer free events coming up! Register today at events.lifewithcancer.org & mark your calendars 📅

Give P2P : 16th Annual and Final Joan Hisaoka 07/12/2023

For over three decades, Life with Cancer has been there for patients and their loved ones providing education and psychosocial support, all at no cost. To help ensure we can continue providing these critical services, our devoted friend, Mr. Robert Hisaoka, has hosted the Joan Hisaoka “Make a Difference” Gala for the last 15 years in memory of his sister, Joan. As we continue to support Joan’s vision to help others living with cancer, Mr. Hisaoka will be hosting the 16th Annual and Final Joan Hisaoka “Make a Difference” Gala on September 16, 2023, benefitting Life with Cancer.

We ask that you consider making a donation of any size, in one last special way to this year’s Gala in support of Life with Cancer.
https://bit.ly/HisaokaMakeADifferenceGala
Every gift has a lasting impact and the power to “make a difference” in the lives of our patients. Thank you!

Inova Schar Cancer Institute Inova Health System

Give P2P : 16th Annual and Final Joan Hisaoka For over three decades, the nationally recognized Inova Life with Cancer® program has been here for patients and their families, providing unmatched holistic care, oncology nurse navigation, counseling services, education, fitness classes, nutrition and wellness services for our patients.

07/10/2023

😎🌻🌞⛱🍦 It's summertime!!! Life with Cancer is now offering our Curious about Cancer program as a ages 8-12 with a family member with cancer the week of July 24 at our Family Center in Fairfax. See below 👇 For more information and/or to register, contact [email protected].

06/27/2023

Mark your calendars 📅 sign up today for free Life with Cancer classes and groups at events.lifewithcancer.org! Below are just a few upcoming ones 👇

Photos from Inova Schar Cancer Institute's post 06/19/2023
06/19/2023

is upon us 🌞🌻 Join us for a celebration of the longest day of the year this Wednesday, June 21 - the first official day of and . 🙏🧘‍♀️ Please bring your own mat and enjoy a gentle yoga class with Sound Bath Meditation by Jeanine Piccuirro and Paige Lichens from 6-7pm in the Bell-Snyder Healing Garden. In the event of rain, we will hold the class in the studio to the sounds of rain in the garden. ​>> Register here: https://bit.ly/lwcsummeryoga

There will also be a collaborative movement-based art project to enjoy lead by our Art Therapist Jane Woo.

Photos from Life with Cancer's post 06/16/2023

Check out and register for these upcoming free events for teens 📅✨
~ June 19 from 1-2pm at the Family Center: School's Out 😎come destress from the school year and enjoy the afternoon outdoors with others! For teens 13-18 with a loved one with cancer.
~ June 26 from 1-2pm at the Family Center: Grief Circle 💔 for teens/high schoolers who have lost a loved one to cancer within the last 4 years.

Visit events.lifewithcancer.org to register or contact [email protected].

Photos from Escape's post 06/15/2023

It’s LGBTQ+ Cancer Awareness Week! 🏳️‍🌈 Check out Escape’s great resources below and learn more about Life with Cancer’s LGBTQ+ virtual cancer support group here: bit.ly/lwcLGBTQsupport

Inova Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program: A Groundbreaking First Year Exceeds Expectations - Inova Newsroom 06/15/2023

Inova Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program: A Groundbreaking First Year Exceeds Expectations - Inova Newsroom Faran Polani, MD, is a hematology-oncology fellow with Inova Health System. When I began looking for a hematology-oncology fellowship, I wanted a program that balanced clinical experience with research opportunities. As I learned more about Inova’s Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program, I grew ex...

06/14/2023

We ❤ our Inova Schar Cancer Institute Life with Cancer oncology dietitians! 🍳🍌🥗🌮🍛🍤🍇🍎🥦🥑🧀 See what a "day in the life" looks like for them below and view open roles at http://inova.org/careers.

06/13/2023

Life with Cancer offers support and services for men navigating a cancer diagnosis or impacted by one. A few free events this month include:

➡️June 14 at 12pm: Virtual S*x and Cancer for Men: A Group for Exploring S*xuality and Sensuality After a Cancer Diagnosis
➡️ June 15 at 12pm: Virtual Nutrition during Prostate Radiation Treatment
➡️ June 15 at 6pm: Virtual Just for the Guys Support Group
➡️ June 21 at 5pm: In Person at Inova Loudoun - Life with Cancer - Couples Coming Together Group
➡️ June 28 at 5:30pm: Virtual Caregiver Connection Group

Visit events.lifewithcancer.org to learn more and register.

Photos from Life with Cancer's post 06/12/2023

📢 Check out these *new* Life with Cancer free classes and groups, and register at events.lifewithcancer.org.

🔵Mind, Body + Pause on Tuesdays at Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax: Come as you are, no special equipment required. All levels and abilities, caregivers are welcome!
🔵LGBTQ+ Virtual Cancer Group on the 2nd Tuesday of the month: A safe, inclusive space for LGBTQ+ identifying individuals living with cancer or survivors to connect, build community, and process together.
🔵Virtual Planning Ahead - Estate Planning with Douglas Anderson, Esq. of Legacy Estate Planning PLLC on June 28th at 6pm: Some topics will include how to provide for your own care and that of your loved ones, how to ensure your tax planning works, strategies for keeping your estate plan up to date, and much more.

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About Us

Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, has become Northern Virginia’s leading cancer education and support organization. We offer a variety of programs and services for patients, survivors, and their family members to help individuals cope with cancer, its treatments, and survivorship in the best possible way.

At a Glance


  • Free: All programs and services are at no cost (except massage and psychiatry).

  • All inclusive: Open to all adults and children affected by cancer, no matter where treatment is received.
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    8411 Pennell Street
    Fairfax, VA
    22031

    Opening Hours

    Monday 9am - 9:30pm
    Tuesday 9am - 9:30pm
    Wednesday 9am - 9:30pm
    Thursday 9am - 9:30pm
    Friday 9am - 9:30pm

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