Expert Panel Develops Guidance to Manage Skin Cancer in Organ Transplant Patients

Jennifer DeSimone, MD, is board-certified in dermatology practicing at Inova Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center. Dr. DeSimone specializes in skin lymphomas and high-risk skin cancers. Her goal is to help educate her patients about skin cancer etiology, management and importantly, prevention. Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer, is a…

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Partner With Your Provider to Fight Ovarian Cancer

Annette Bicher, MD, is board-certified in gynecologic oncology and obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Bicher is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Felix Rutledge Society of Gynecology/Oncology, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the Society of Gynecologic Investigation. She serves as Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Inova Fairfax Hospital. To detect breast cancer…

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Inova Announces Gift to Endow Sheridan Director, Molecular Tumor Board at Inova Schar Cancer Institute

Falls Church, VA —Inova today announced that it has received a $1 million gift from Win Sheridan, co-founder of APEX Systems, to endow the role of the Director of the Molecular Tumor Board at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. In recognition of Sheridan’s generous gift, this position will be renamed to be the Sheridan Director, Molecular…

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How to Tell Your Child About Your Cancer Diagnosis

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Practical Strategies for Tough Conversations By Amanda L. Thompson, PhD, and Shari Langer, PsyD Amanda Thompson, PhD, is the Chief of Pediatric Psychology and Director of Pediatric Programs for Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. Shari Langer, PsyD, is a pediatric psychologist with Life with Cancer at the Inova L.J.…

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Proton Therapy for Pediatric Patients

Cancer is a formidable diagnosis, but it is even more disconcerting when it affects a child. Radiation, a traditional therapy to treat the disease, can harm a child’s growing body, resulting in developmental delays, hormone deficiencies, and restricted bone growth. Many of the pediatric patients also experience a long-term side effect from this therapy, including…

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Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing for Inherited Cancer Risk

Morgan Turner, MS, CGC, is a Virginia-licensed and nationally board-certified, cancer-specialized genetic counselor at Inova Schar Cancer Institute. She joined Inova in June 2018. Many patients are surprised to learn that the majority of people who are diagnosed with a cancer do not have a genetic (or inherited) cause for their cancer. Indeed, it is…

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Inova Schar Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology Achieves Four-Year Accreditation for Radiation Oncology Services from ASTRO’s APEx – Accreditation Program for Excellence®

Falls Church, VA – Inova is proud to announce that all five radiation oncology departments within the Inova Schar Cancer Institute (ISCI) have been reaccredited by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) for APEx – Accreditation Program for Excellence®. APEx is an accreditation program developed by ASTRO that validates a radiation oncology facility’s excellence…

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Healthy Summer Nutrition Tips

Lauren Fay, RD, CSO, CNSC, is a registered dietitian at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute and Life With Cancer. She is board-certified in oncology nutrition and nutrition support. Summer is well underway, and with the warmer temperatures (and the ability to spend time in larger groups of our vaccinated family and friends) many of us…

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