Fairfax, VA — March 29, 2021 – Virginia Cancer Specialists (VCS), the largest comprehensive private cancer practice in Northern VA, today announced that it will open a comprehensive, 60,000-square-foot, cancer diagnosis and treatment center in Fairfax on April 13. The facility, at 8613 Lee Highway, will offer patients convenient access to some of the nation’s most advanced cancer treatment services and technologies. The new center replaces the organization’s 8503 Arlington Blvd location. With the new clinic, VCS will have 10 locations in Northern Virginia.
The new center will provide a completely renovated space – designed with today’s patient in mind – providing medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology subspecialty and advanced diagnostic and laboratory services, as well as clinical research facilities and support services – all under one roof. The Radiation Oncology Center will house the latest Varian linear accelerator technology providing intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), surface-guided radiotherapy (SGRT), and stereotactic radiotherapy (SRS/SBRT) – providing the ability to treat the full range of malignancies with extraordinary precision. In addition, the center is designed with dedicated space for high-dose rate brachytherapy (HDR) and radiopharmaceutical treatments that currently include Xofigo and Lutathera, but with others soon to be offered.
Virginia Cancer Specialists is well known not only for its cancer generalists but for the region’s highest number of highly specialized cancer physicians – experts in medical oncology, radiation oncology, musculoskeletal tumor surgery, breast surgery, thoracic surgery, genetic counseling, palliative care, oncology nurse navigators, oncology infusion nurses, oncology pharmacists, social workers, dietitians and laboratory technicians. Those doctors also have the region’s highest cumulative total of years of clinical experience. VCS also has the largest Phase 1 clinical trial research space in all of the DC Metro Area. VCS is also a member of The US Oncology Network, giving its physicians access to research and data from thousands of cancer patients participating in clinical trials across the country as well as the infrastructure and support of McKesson, a trusted name in healthcare for more than 180 years.
“We are excited to open our new center,” said Dipti Patel-Donnelly, MD, medical oncologist at VCS. “The facility is truly world class, incorporating the very latest design concepts to support patient comfort, serenity, and healing in a convenient setting close to home where patients have the support of family and friends.”Stephanie Akbari, MD, FACS, breast surgeon at VCS said, “As the largest comprehensive private cancer practice in Northern VA , we provide the best, most convenient and innovative services. Increasing the availability of services in Northern Virginia will make the healthcare experience easier for our patients – and their families.”
Linda Anderson, Executive Director, Virginia Cancer Specialists, said, “This is a highly unique and comprehensive facility with some of the most talented and experienced cancer specialists in the nation backed by state-of-the-art therapies.” It allows us to continue to provide the highest level of patient-centered, integrated care .”
Several physicians will provide services from the new center, including medical oncologists Daniel Chong, MD; Anne Favret, MD; Timothy McCarthy, MD; Gregory J. Orloff, MD; Dipti Patel-Donnelly, MD; Robert Reid, MD; Muhammad Siddiqui, MD; Alex Spira, MD, PhD, FACP; breast surgeon Stephanie Akbari, MD, FACS; thoracic surgeon Sandeep J. Khandhar, MD, FACS; musculoskeletal tumor surgeon Felasfa M Wodajo, MD; as well as radiation oncologists Harold Agbahiwe, MD; and Gregory S Sibley, MD.
“We are proud to bring this state-of-the-art treatment center to our practice,” said Gregory Sibley, MD, radiation oncologist, Virginia Cancer Specialists. “It will elevate cancer care in our region to a whole new level, making it a valuable resource not only for our practice and our patients, but for the entire medical community.”
About Virginia Cancer Specialists
Virginia Cancer Specialists (VCS) is the largest comprehensive private cancer practice in Northern VA. It features a world-class treatment team fighting cancer and diseases of the blood, offering access to the most current treatment protocols, clinical trials, and comprehensive care. Its fully staffed, comprehensive clinical research program also includes a dedicated research facility for Phase I clinical trials – the largest of its kind in the Metro DC area. VCS offers medical oncology, radiation oncology, musculoskeletal tumor surgery, breast surgery, thoracic surgery, genetic counseling, palliative care, oncology nurse navigators, oncology infusion nurses, oncology pharmacists, social workers, dietitians and laboratory technicians. VCS is part of The US Oncology Network. This collaboration unites the practice with more than 1,200 independent physicians and research and data from thousands of cancer patients in clinical trials across the country. Virginia Cancer Specialists also participates in clinical trials through US Oncology Research, which has played a role in more than 90 FDA-approved cancer therapies, approximately one-third of all cancer therapies approved by the FDA to date. The Network is supported by McKesson Corporation, a global leader in healthcare solutions.