Support for the Journey

The compassionate staff of four acute-care hospitals, two freestanding outpatient radiation oncology centers, and two outpatient infusion centers offer support and hope throughout your treatment and recovery. The unique Bon Secours full continuum of care from prevention to survivorship is offered freely to you and your family.

Treating the physical symptoms of cancer is just one aspect of our comprehensive cancer program. It takes physical, emotional and spiritual strength to effectively fight cancer. We provide an array of resources to alleviate anxiety, improve  nutrition and increase comfort while encouraging your active participation in recovery. There is little doubt that your positive attitude teamed with our expertise can produce outstanding results. Spiritual strength is available through our employees and Pastoral Care staff. Guidance for the journey is offered through our oncology nurse navigators.

Support groups are available for all types and stages of cancer. Developing relationships with others during and after your cancer journey is very important. Click here for a full listing of Support Groups in the area!

This unique program educates Richmond-area women and refers them to low-cost or free mammograms and clinical breast exams in their communities.

This vital program also pays for breast diagnostic studies related to abnormal clinical breast exams or mammographic abnormalities. It facilitates enrollment into Medicaid for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Since July 2003, this Bon Secours program has reached more than 542,000 women with information about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. It has enrolled 1,500 women and provided 2,500 mammograms and clinical breast exams for uninsured/underinsured women in the Richmond area.

For six years, this program has been funded by the Avon Foundation through a generous grant to the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation. For more information, call (804) 359-WELL.

A cancer diagnosis is challenging and can cause great anxiety for you and your loved ones. We know you want and need someone who can answer your questions and allay your fears. Bon Secours Cancer Institute provides this support through our oncology nurse navigators. They are registered nurses with specialized training in oncology.

They ensure that you have access to the resources you need in a timely and efficient manner. With extensive knowledge of cancer and the health care system, they guide you through the entire medical process, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery, so you are never alone. They provide education, coordinate care, and serve as a trusted resource and friend for you and your family.

Contact a Navigator

These registered nurses guide patients and their families through cancer treatment and beyond. No patient is ever alone.

Cathy Lantz

Cathy Lantz, MS, RN
Oncology Nurse Navigator
St. Mary's Hospital

Donna Wilson

Donna M. Wilson, BSN, RN, CBCN
Breast/General Oncology Nurse Navigator
St. Mary's Hospital

Sherry Fox

Sherry Fox, PhD, RN, CNRN
Director, Cullather Brain Tumor
Quality of Life Center

Sara Rakestraw

Sara Rakestraw, MSW, LISW
Oncology Patient Navigator
St. Francis Medical Center

Jackie Sullivan

Jackie L. Sullivan, RN
General Oncology Nurse Navigator
Memorial Regional Medical Center and
Richmond Community Hospital

 Your Navigator Provides:

  • Clinical education and printed materials to help you understand your diagnosis
  • Referrals to appropriate social and supportive services, in both the  hospital and community
  • Facilitation for communicating with physicians and other care providers
  • Emotional support and referrals to one-on-one counseling services and group therapy support
  • Resources to resolve communication barriers, transportation issues, and financial difficulties
  • Services and resources for your family and friends
  • You may have questions and concerns about your health. Do you need help getting the care  you need?

An Oncology Nurse Navigator is here for you to ensure you get the support and help you need. We want to make sure you receive the best care possible. Our Oncology Nurse Navigator's services are free and confidential.

Bon Secours is committed to bringing people to health and wholeness through medical and spiritual resources. Through our professional team of caregivers, Bon Secours provides services designed to address the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Our spiritual-care programs focus on the spiritual dimensions of health and illness. Through the various activities and programs of Spiritual Care Services, we journey with patients, families, staff, physicians and the community toward healing laced with compassion, leading all to liberation.

Ministry Outreach Services provide a compassionate spiritual care and hospitality presence for all who enter our hospitals, including physicians, staff and members of the clergy as they minister to our patients and families. Conveying the message that Bon Secours is a Catholic organization, strongly rooted in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, Ministry Outreach seeks to offer personal contact, active listening, advocacy and hospitality.

Bon Secours Health System Pastoral Care Department and its chaplains commit to:

  • Provide service to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Offer sacramental ministry
  • Assist with advance medical directives
  • Support opportunities for spiritual reflection
  • Connect you with your own clergy or faith community as you desire
  • Provide confidential counsel to you and your family
  • Present opportunities for corporate worship
  • Refer you to appropriate religious resources and other materials
  • Pray with you!

24-hour emergency service is available to you. Please dial (804) 287-PRAY [7729], or ask the operator to page the chaplain on call.

Click here for a full listing of Support Groups in the area!

Click here for a listing of Bon Secours Bereavement Center Summer 2016 Sessions

Brain Tumor Support Group
St. Mary’s Hospital, Education Center
2nd Tuesday of every month
7:00 p.m.
Call Nancy Hsu at 877-284-3905 for more information

Breast Cancer Support Group
Watkins Centre, VA Breast Center, Suite 200
1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month
6-7:30 p.m.

Support Group for Those Coping as a Cancer Caregiver
Bon Secours Memorial Medical Center
Cancer Resource Center
Main Hospital Entrance, Room 1110
Take hallway to right of gift shop, turn left at end of hall, then right;
Room 1110 is the first room on the right
1st Tuesday of every month 2-3:00 p.m.
If interested in attending, please contact Ann Petersen, MSW at (804) 764-7201

General Cancer Support Group
Bon Secours Memorial Medical Center
Cancer Resource Center
Main Hospital Entrance, Room 1110
Take hallway to right of gift shop, turn left at end of hall, then right;
Room 1110 is the first room on the right
1st and 3rd Tuesday from 9:30-11:00 a.m

Cancer Support for Men
Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center
Cancer Resource Center
Main Hospital Entrance, Room 1110
Take hallway to right of gift shop, turn left at end of hall, then right;
Room 1110 is the first room on the right
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month 3:30-5:00 p.m
If interested in attending, please contact Ann Petersen, MSW at (804) 764-7201

Patient and Family Support Group
St. Mary’s Hospital
Call Mary Ann Mugel for more information at 804-281-8282

Prostate CA Education & Support Group
Bon Secours Cancer Institute at Reynolds Crossing, Radiation Oncology Waiting Room/Lobby
1st Wednesday of every month
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Cullather Brain Tumor Quality of Life and Cancer Resource Center
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
Cullather Brain Tumor Quality of Life and Cancer Resource Center
South Medical Office Building, Suite 108
4th Thurs 5:00 pm
Facilitated by Erin Goldin, LCSW
Contact: Chris Heitfhoff 804-287-7809

Integrative oncology therapies – things like meditation, massage and yoga – are activities that are offered alongside conventional treatment and have been shown to benefit cancer patients throughout the continuum of their cancer experience by improving sleep, lessening pain and other symptoms, and relieving stress. These can also help the patient feel that they are participating more in their care and healing.

Here at Bon Secours we are proud to offer yoga and art therapy free of charge through the generosity of our Foundation donors for our patients at any stage of treatment.

Creative Arts Program at St. Francis

Creative Arts Program at Reynolds Crossing

FREE Yoga Classes at St. Francis Medical Center

FREE Yoga Classes at Reynolds Crossing

Evening Gentle Yoga Classes at St. Francis Medical Center

Meditation is an ancient art and well-studied method of stress reduction. We at Bon Secours are fortunate to have an area expert in this field available for our cancer patients at St. Francis and St. Mary's. Marc McGahee, with education from MIT and a background in business, found himself becoming caregiver to his wife as she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Through this experience, he began the practice of meditation for his own stress relief and well-being, and now serves as faculty in the University of Richmond's adult education program, sharing his meditation expertise with our community. Any of you who are being treated for cancer through Bon Secours are welcome to learn more about meditation with Marc.

A Sanctuary of Care for You

This center is the only one of its kind in Richmond. It is a completely private center dedicated to healing and wholeness. Each private room is beautifully appointed and decorated in soothing tones to provide comfort, peace and tranquility. Complementary therapies, aromatherapy, therapeutic music and guided imagery are available to enhance treatment and recovery. The dedicated team of professionals in the Women’s Specialty Center is proud to deliver compassionate health care with supreme attention to detail.

When do you need a Gynecologic Oncology Specialist?

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer of the female reproductive organs, you can choose to be treated by a combination of general surgeons, physicians and oncologists. Or you can choose Commonwealth Gynecologic Oncology at St. Mary’s Hospital, where the physicians are board certified in gynecology and oncology. It’s this rare combination that allows them to oversee the surgical and medical needs of patients diagnosed with cancers of the reproductive organs, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, vagina and vulva. For surgical procedures, minimally invasive procedures are employed.

For more information on Commonwealth, call 804-299-8900. You may also download our brochure here.

St. Mary’s Hospital
Cullather Brain Tumor Quality of Life Center 
Medical Office Building South
5875 Bremo Road, Suite 108, Richmond, Va. 23226
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (804) 287-7809


  • Oncology Nurse Navigator
  • Nurse expert in the special needs of brain tumor patients and their families
  • Educational brochures and books on diagnosis and treatment
  • Computer access and Internet links
  • Audio/video Library
  • Lending library
  • Community resources
  • Information on complementary therapies
  • Support group information

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