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VCU Massey Cancer Center

Hematological (blood) cancers multidisciplinary team

The Hematological Malignancy Clinic at VCU Massey Cancer Center treats leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other blood borne cancers. One of Massey’s greatest strengths is its multidisciplinary team approach to treatment — an approach that is available only at an academic medical center like ours. Massey’s team of national leaders in cancer care and research from multiple disciplines works together to provide patients with comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the blood.

How a team approach benefits you
Convenient location and access
We want to answer your questions

How a team approach benefits you

Professionals from medicine, surgery and radiology join with specialized oncology nurses, dieticians, social workers and therapists to formulate individualized patient care plans.

  • The hematological malignancy team ensures that therapies are designed by experts in multiple disciplines. 
  • A single physician coordinates care with input from the patient’s team. 
  • Each team has developed a treatment care path unique to the disease site. These care paths incorporate the latest therapies, techniques and technologies for patients with various types and stages of cancer, and they also assist the clinicians in defining applicable clinical trials for each patient. 
  • The team approach to care begins during the patient’s first visit.

Services include:

  • Rapid diagnosis and, if necessary, development of a treatment plan.
  • Evaluation for possible recurrence and the need for continued therapy. 
  • Follow-up care throughout treatment and after treatment has been completed. 
  • State-of-the-art treatment options such as chemotherapy, biotherapy, radiotherapy and bone marrow transplantation. 
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic options such as PET scanning. 
  • The opportunity to enroll in clinical trials of new and promising treatments. 
  • Patient Resource Library and nurse coordinators — patients and families learn about cancers and their treatment. 
  • The skills of rehabilitation medicine specialists, physical and occupational therapists and home health caregivers.

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Convenient location and access

The Hematological Malignancy Clinic is located at Massey’s flagship location on the MCV Campus just off Exit 74C of I-95 in downtown Richmond. Free valet parking is available for your convenience. If there is anything we can do to make visiting us easier for you, please do not hesitate to ask.

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We want to answer your questions

The Hematological Malignancy Clinic believes in patient involvement. We encourage you to ask any and all questions you may have. Here are some we hear most frequently:  

What is different about the Hematological Malignancy Clinic and why should I go there?
The Hematological Malignancy Clinic is the only clinic of its kind in the Richmond area. It is staffed by leading specialists and physician-scientists who translate research results into patient care.

Your case is discussed by a multi-disciplinary group of specialists including medical oncologists, radiologists and pathologists. By pooling their expertise, they can make the most informed treatment decisions and provide the most comprehensive advice and information. These same specialists also conduct research that leads to improved treatments and can offer options that are available only at academic medical centers such as the VCU Medical Center.

Who should come to the Hematological Malignancy Clinic?
Patients with a suspected or diagnosed hematologic or lymphoproliferative disorder including leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Complete consultation and referral services are available for physicians and patients. Many patients come to the center for a second opinion. Since we are on the leading edge in diagnosis and treatment, you will know that you have explored the best available options regardless of where you decide to go for treatment.

How will the hematological malignancy team help me?
The physicians, nursing staff and therapists will examine you, evaluate the results of any tests you may have had prior to your visit, and, if needed, recommend and expedite further diagnostic evaluations using the most advanced technologies.

How soon will I know the results of these tests?
In many cases, recommendations can be made during your first visit. Any additional tests will be scheduled and reviewed promptly and you will be contacted by one of the hematological malignancy specialists as soon as all of the results are available.

Can I decide which treatment I will have?
Absolutely. If a treatment plan is necessary, all steps and options will be clearly explained to you. The doctors and nurses will make sure you have all the information you need to help you make an informed decision. The staff will take the time to explain the need for any recommended procedures. Please ask questions until you feel comfortable.

Where can I get my treatments and diagnostic tests?
In most cases, both the diagnostic tests and treatment can be performed at Massey’s Flagship facility just off Exit 74C of I-95 or at Massey’s Stony Point facility south of the James River. Free valet parking is available. Your convenience is very important to us. If there is anything we can do to make visiting the center easier for you, please do not hesitate to ask.

How can I make an appointment or get more information?
For additional information, to schedule an appointment, or if you have questions or would like to discuss your situation with the patient coordinator, please phone (804) 828-5116.

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