Cancer centers throughout southwest Virginia

The fight against cancer is never easy⁠—physically, emotionally or spiritually. That’s why it helps to have a caring and experienced partner sharing the journey, every step of the way. At LewisGale Regional Health System, you'll find compassionate cancer professionals and comprehensive cancer care close to home.

To learn more about the cancer services we offer at LewisGale Regional Health System, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (877) 242-2362.

LewisGale Regional Health System hospitals rank among the top hospitals in Virginia and in the nation for benchmarked quality cancer care health outcomes and patient safety and satisfaction.

We’re with you throughout your cancer journey with expert training, experience, research and clinical trials and access to some of the most advanced technologies and therapies available today.

Cancers we treat

We treat virtually all cancers occurring in adults, including, but not limited to:

Cancer care services

Our skilled healthcare professionals respond quickly to your first call and guide you through the entire process from diagnosis to survivorship. Our comprehensive cancer services and treatments include:

  • Cancer, plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Cytoreductive surgery—procedure used to remove tumors from the lining of the stomach
  • Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy—hypothermia therapy used alongside surgery in the treatment of advanced abdominal cancers
  • Minimally invasive and robotic surgery
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Chemotherapy, biotherapy and infusion therapies
  • Genetic counseling
  • Radiation therapy, available at LewisGale Pulaski and LewisGale Salem
    • Brachytherapy for prostate seed implantation, gynecological cancers and small lung lesions
    • Varian linear accelerator
    • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
    • MammoSite—radiation therapy for breast cancer
    • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) with on-board imaging
    • Volume-modulated arc therapy (VMAT)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery—targeted radiation that spares surrounding healthy tissues
  • Nutritional services
  • Recovery and support services
  • Rehabilitation services and lymphedema therapy

Cancer diagnosis

To get the best cancer care, you first need the most accurate diagnosis. LewisGale Regional Health System offers the latest in diagnostic technology, and our physicians are skilled in interpreting results.

Our leading-edge diagnostic and imaging services are available at convenient LewisGale Regional Health System locations throughout southwest Virginia. We’re in your community and take care of you like family.

Our resources include:

  • Computed tomography (CT) high-resolution scanning, including low-dose CT for lung cancer screening
  • 3-Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Digital mammography—the region’s first provider of this powerful breast cancer detection tool
  • Stereotactic, ultrasound or MRI guidance for breast imaging and biopsy
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scanning and combined PET/CT scanning
  • Molecular imaging
  • Ultrasound
  • Sentinel node biopsy
  • Hematology services—for detecting and treating cancers of the blood
  • superDimension iLogic—electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy—for early detection of lesions deep within the lungs

Cancer support

Our cancer support services help you and your family through the journey. With outpatient cancer education programs, nutritional counseling, rehabilitation services and support groups, we are committed to managing your health from diagnosis to survivorship.

Genetic testing for cancer

Just as heredity determines the color of your eyes or the shape of your nose, family history may increase your risk for certain types of cancer. The Department of Clinical Genetics at LewisGale Regional Health System can help you and your family understand your cancer risks and how you can manage or reduce those risks.

To learn more about cancer genetic testing, please call LewisGale Regional Health System's Department of Clinical Genetics at (540) 776-4963.

Family-related cancer risk factors

Only approximately five to 10 percent of cancers are hereditary cancers, but you may benefit from genetic education, screening or counseling if you or a family member have any of the following risk factors:

  • A personal or family history of cancer
  • A family history of cancer at an unusually young age (50 years old or younger)
  • A family member diagnosed with more than one type of cancer
  • Two or more family members who have had the same type of cancer
  • Ashkenazi Jewish (Eastern or Central European) ancestry
  • A family member who has tested positive for a cancer gene mutation
  • Multiple polyps in the stomach, colon or intestine
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Male breast cancer

Genetic testing services

At LewisGale Regional Health System, our genetic counselor is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). The ABGC certification is the gold standard in genetic counseling and assures you are working with health professionals who have the specialized education, training and experience to help you understand the impact of genetics on your health. Services we provide include:

  • Hereditary cancer risk assessment
  • Genetic testing and interpretation
  • Genetic education and counseling
  • Personalized cancer screening and prevention recommendations
  • Coordination of care for people with known or suspected genetic risk

Your genetic testing appointment

First, you’ll meet with our certified genetic counselor to complete a thorough family health history and risk-assessment profile. Next, you’ll discuss your:

  • Potential cancer risk and risk-reduction strategies
  • Benefits and limitations of genetic testing
  • Coordination of same-day genetic testing, if desired, through a simple blood test or saliva test

When your certified genetic counselor receives your test results, you’ll meet again to discuss them and your options for care and follow-up, which may include information to support genetics-related issues and/or participation in clinical trial studies.

Multidisciplinary team approach

Our cancer care team at LewisGale Regional Health System involves a diverse group of medical professionals working together to fight cancer. We regularly review and collaborate on patient cases to develop the best treatment programs. Your cancer team can include:

  • Medical oncologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Gynecologic oncologists
  • Dermatologists
  • Internists
  • Hematologists
  • Pathologists
  • Plastic, reconstructive and general surgeons
  • Primary care physicians
  • Pulmonologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Radiologists and interventional radiologists
  • Urologists
  • Certified oncology nurses
  • Counselors and social workers
  • Physical and occupational workers
  • Dietitians

Advanced information sharing technology

Complementing our cancer testing and imaging technology, our Picture Archival Communication System (PACS) allows doctors fast access to your medical records, images and test results from anywhere in the LewisGale network. Doctors can use PACS to share images instantaneously with a consulting physician to help you receive the most accurate diagnosis.