Cancer care is changing at
Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
As a part of the nationally recognized Sentara Healthcare system, we’ve expanded our multi-disciplinary team with new surgeons and specialists armed with tools like 3D mammography, GPS technology and low-dose CT screenings to detect and treat cancer more effectively. And as a member of Sentara Cancer Network, we have more access to a broader team of experts, novel therapies, and clinical research.
Specialized Team of Physicians
Our center offers the broad range of quality specialties, including breast surgery, colorectal surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, hematology-oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, neuro-radiology, pathology, urology, gastroenterology, otolaryngology and neurosurgery.
But behind the fancy names and machinery is a team of professionals who take us from quality treatment to outstanding care. It is the compassionate physicians who work together to develop individualized treatment plans with each patient, the oncology-trained nurses and radiation therapists who treat each person with dignity and respect.
Our doctors talk to each other. They meet weekly at their multi-disciplinary cancer conference to review current cancer cases. With the knowledge and expertise of a whole team of specialists behind them, they can help you navigate through the maze of choices to develop an integrated plan that fits your specific needs and lifestyle.
And though it is difficult to understand until it is experienced, cancer involves much more than just the body, which is why we offer a whole team of chaplains, dieticians, social workers and physical and occupational therapists to give attention to the mind and spirit as well as the body.
Screening and Diagnosis
Cancer can be cured - even prevented.
Simple screening tests can help detect many cancers in the earliest stages, when they can be treated successfully. It's important to remember that these are tests done when you're healthy and there are no signs of illness. They help find cancer at its earliest stage, when the chances for curing the disease are greatest.
Common cancer screenings include:
- Mammogram to detect breast cancer
- Colonoscopy to detect and prevent colon cancer
- Prostate exam to detect prostate cancer
- Low-dose CT lung screening for early detection on lung cancer
- PAP smear to detect and prevent cervical cancer
- Skin checks to identify possible skin cancers
Read more about the following screenings at Sentara Martha Jefferson:
The thought of having a colonoscopy may make you uncomfortable, but even more uncomfortable is the thought of having colorectal cancer — one of the most widespread, lethal cancers in the United States.
Having a colonoscopy can help you catch this dangerous disease before it’s too late. A quick exam can help to ensure early detection and go a long way toward giving you the peace of mind that comes with a clean bill of health.
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and is responsible for more deaths annually than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined. A landmark national study, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, has indicated that screening with low-dose CT can help find these cancers early, leading to a higher cure rate.
Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is a proven leader in breast health. From education and prevention to leading-edge treatments, patients benefit from resources throughout Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Mammography is considered an invaluable tool against breast cancer, one of the most deadly types of cancer in women. Sentara Martha Jefferson Comprehensive Breast Center offers a calm, patient-centered environment to make breast health care as easy and comfortable as possible.
Breast cancer physicians of the Sentara Martha Jefferson Comprehensive Breast Center support yearly screening mammography beginning at age 40. This recommendation continues to be endorsed by these prominent organizations: the American Cancer Society, American College of OB/GYN, American College of Radiology, American Society of Breast Disease, American College of Surgeons and the Society for Breast Imaging.
Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)
Breast tomosynthesis, sometimes called a 3D mammogram, represents the latest advance in breast cancer screening. This type of mammogram builds on state-of-the-art digital breast imaging already in use at Martha Jefferson Hospital.
In a 3D exam, many very low dose X-ray exposures are taken during a brief compression of the breast. The X-ray source moves slightly over the breast during this time. The resulting dynamic pictures provide radiologists new perspective on breast tissues that normally overlap on a traditional, two-dimensional mammogram.
Having a prostate exam shouldn’t be cause for concern or fear. This screening is painless and takes just minutes to perform.
Prostate exams can detect cancer early when treatment is most effective. Since there are typically no symptoms of prostate cancer, these exams can save your life. In fact, if cancer is caught early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent.
Sentara Martha Jefferson offers advanced technology that rivals top cancer centers, including the most sophisticated treatment machines offering IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy), IGRT (Image-guided radiotherapy) and SRS (Stereotactic Radiosurgery) — technology not usually found in a community hospital our size. Some of our treatments, such as Calypso® prostate treatments and electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB) for lung, even utilize GPS technology to improve the precision of the treatments while decreasing the risk of side effects.
Of course, our center includes the broad range of quality specialties—breast surgery, colocrectal surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, general surgery, hematology-oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, neuroradiology, pathology, urology, gastroenterology, otolaryngology and neurosurgery. And, most important, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital achieves outstanding survival outcomes , meaning you can be confident that the treatment you receive at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is the best available.
Sentara Cancer Network
As one of the largest accredited networks in the nation, the Sentara Cancer Network leads by creating a challenging and progressive environment for physicians, nurses and clinical leaders. By constantly challenging ourselves to exceed national benchmarks, we are improving our skill and culture of excellence.
The Sentara Cancer Network is the first system in Virginia to be accredited as a Network Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Sentara earned this certification with its proven track record of quality, advanced care.