Riverside Cancer Care Center

Our Mission

Every episode of cancer is unique, and you are not alone. Imaging and other diagnostic technologies, followed by personalized treatment from exceptionally skilled, experienced specialists, are keys to precise diagnosis and the best outcome possible. Patient Navigators lend a hand and ear offering support and insight throughout every stage of treatment. Alliances with UVA and the other academic centers insure physician access to cutting edge research. There are over a hundred different kinds of cancer, and we have the ability to treat the most important one – yours.


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    What is a dietitian?

    A dietician is a health professional with specialized training in nutrition. Your dietitian provides you with information about a balanced diet and foods that may help improve your energy and overall well-being. Read More
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    What are the symptoms of high cholesterol?

    You can find out if you have high cholesterol by taking a blood test. Certain blood tests can be done to measure the amount of total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides in your blood. Ask your healthcare provider if you or your child should have blood tests to check your cholesterol levels. If...Read More
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    How is oral cancer diagnosed?

    If you have symptoms that suggest oral cancer, your doctor or dentist will check your mouth and throat for red or white patches, lumps, swelling, or other problems. A physical exam includes looking carefully at the roof of your mouth, back of your throat, and insides of your cheeks and lips. Your...Read More
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    How is skin cancer diagnosed?

    If you have a change on the skin, the doctor must find out whether it is due to cancer or to some other cause. Your doctor removes all or part of the area that does not look normal. The sample goes to a lab. A pathologist checks the sample under a microscope. This is a biopsy. A biopsy is the only...Read More
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    Who gets breast cancer?

    No one knows the exact causes of breast cancer. Doctors seldom know why one woman develops breast cancer and another doesn't.

    Doctors do know that bumping, bruising, or touching the breast does not cause cancer. And breast cancer is not contagious. You can't catch it from another person....Read More
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    What are the signs of colon cancer?

    A common symptom of colorectal cancer is a change in bowel habits. Symptoms include:
    • Having diarrhea or constipation
    • Feeling that your bowel does not empty completely
    • Finding blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool
    • Finding your stools are narrower than usual
    • Frequently having gas
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    What risk factors are used to estimate breast cancer risk?

    Anything that increases the chance of developing a disease is called a risk factor. Risk factors for breast cancer include the following:
    • Age
    • Age at the start of menstruation
    • Age at first live birth
    • Number of first-degree relatives (mother, sisters, daughters) with breast cancer
    • Number of previous
    ...Read More
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    What can women do about breast cancer?

    Avoiding cancer risk factors such as smoking, being overweight and lack of exercise may help prevent certain cancers. Increasing protective factors such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet and exercising may also help prevent some cancers. Talk to your doctor or other health care p...Read More
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    What are the different types of surgeries used to treat skin cancer?

    There are several methods of surgery for skin cancer. The method your doctor uses depends mainly on the type of skin cancer, the size of the cancer and where it was found on your body.

    Your doctor can further describe these methods of surgery:

    Excisional skin surgery: This is a common treatment...Read More
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    What determines how deep melanoma is?

    The Clark levels are used to describe how deep the melanoma has spread into the skin:

        • Level I: The cancer is in the epidermis only.
        • Level II: The cancer has begun to spread into the papillary dermis (upper layer of the dermis).
        • Level III: The cancer has spread through...Read More
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    What causes cancer?

    Cancer arises from a loss of normal growth control. In normal tissues, the rates of new cell growth and old cell death are kept in balance. In cancer, this balance is disrupted. This disruption can result from uncontrolled cell growth or loss of a cell's ability to undergo cell suicide by...Read More