Life with Cancer FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Life with Cancer?

Life with Cancer is a Northern Virginia-based nonprofit organization that offers free services to anyone impacted by cancer, including patients, their families, and friends. Services include educational classes, support groups, individual and family counseling, and complementary approaches designed to help those affected by cancer understand and cope with its impact. All services are provided by Certified Oncology Nurses and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

Who can benefit?

Anyone living with, caring for, or affected by cancer, regardless of location, age or where the person with cancer is being treated.

What does it cost?

Services are free of charge. We at Life with Cancer know that cancer and its treatments put a large financial strain on everyone impacted by the diagnosis. We are able to provide all our services free due in part to the generous support of the communitySupport Us!

Where is Life with Cancer located?

Find us at our four office locations and at all Inova hospitals.

LifeWithCancer-8411-Pennell-St-Fairfax-VADewberry Life with Cancer Family Center, Inova Fairfax Community

8411 Pennell St
Fairfax, VA 22031

Phone: 703-206-5433 (LIFE)
Fax: 703-846-0937

Meet the Family Center Inova Fairfax community staff.

5-inova-alexandria-communityInova Alexandria – Mount Vernon Community

Inova Alexandria Hospital
Life with Cancer Office
First Floor Lobby
4320 Seminary Rd
Alexandria, VA 22304

Phone: 703-206-5433 (LIFE)

Meet the Inova Alexandria – Mount Vernon community staff.

IFO Cancer CenterInova Fair Oaks Community

Inova Fair Oaks Cancer Center
Life with Cancer Suite
Lower Level, Suite 005
3580 Joseph Siewick Dr
Fairfax, VA 22033

Phone: 703-206-5433 (LIFE)

Meet the Inova Fair Oaks community staff. 

5-inova-loudoun-communityInova Loudoun Community

Inova Loudoun Hospital
Life with Cancer Office, Suite 210
44055 Riverside Pkwy
Leesburg, VA 20176

Phone: 703-206-5433 (LIFE)

Meet the Inova Loudoun community staff.

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What are Life with Cancer hours?

Our standard hours of operation for the Life with Cancer Connect Line is 9am to 5pm EST with programs and support groups held in the evenings and weekends.

Please leave a message if we are unable to take your call directly and we'll be sure to return your call within 24 business hours. Contact us.

How do I contact you?
Do I have to be an Inova patient?

No, although Life with Cancer is an Inova Health System program, we offer our services to anyone impacted by cancer regardless of where you live and are/were treated.

Who has access to my personal information?

Please know that it is the policy of Life with Cancer and all other Inova Health System services that any information obtained by (about) patients and their families shall be kept confidential. This information shall not be disclosed to any person not employed by Life with Cancer except upon express written authorization signed by you or your legal guardian (or responsible representative). Discussions by a staff member with your medical team will only take place with your or your loved ones direct consent.

How can I support Life with Cancer?


Please contact Director of Leadership Giving, Joanne Royalty at 703-698-2531, or click to Donate to Life with Cancer Now!

Volunteer Your Time

Please contact Volunteer Program Manager Catherine Intartaglia at 703-698-2534, or click to Volunteer for Life with Cancer Now!

Word of Mouth

Our program continues to grow and thrive because people tell their friends, family, loved ones and health care teams about Life with Cancer.

How do I get involved with Life with Cancer?

There are many ways to get involved. Here are a few.


Come for individual, family, or couples counseling. Join our programs and classes, groups, and other various monthly activities. Check out our monthly calendar to view a complete list of what we offer. See how to Get Help for your specific needs.


Donations allow Life with Cancer to offer services free of charge. Donate to Life with Cancer now!



To donate your time and talent, see our volunteer opportunities.

What can I expect from a support/education group?


Our staff is committed to maintaining patient privacy and confidentiality in accordance with Inova Health System policies.


Life with Cancer groups work to help people get the information and support they need to cope with a cancer diagnosis in the best way possible.

Anyone impacted by cancer may attend.

Patients, family members and friends are welcome.

Registration is strongly encouraged for all groups.

Visit our monthly calendar to explore our groups and complete registration.

How can Life with Cancer help my support network that lives far away?

Although Life with Cancer is located in Northern Virginia, we can provide phone support and education, as well as guidance to local and national resources that may be of help to your long distance support network.

For helpful information and resources

Get Help

Do I need a referral to access one of the counselors or nurses?

No. Referrals are not necessary to utilize any of the services or professionals at Life with Cancer. Patients, family and friends come to Life with Cancer on their own accord to participate in programs, workshops, groups or to consult with one of our nurses or counselors.

Physicians, nurses and other health care providers can also request we consult with certain individuals who could benefit from our services.