Life With Cancer

Healwell partners with Inova Life with Cancer to offer three free massage therapy sessions to people affected by cancer who are in active treatment or are in stages of advanced disease. Active treatment is defined as patients currently undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy, proton therapy, aromatase inhibitors and immunotherapy. If you would like to participate in this program please complete this form.

Please note: Due to the popularity of this program, appointments book out 3-4 weeks in advance. 

Locations

Inova Schar Cancer Institute – A Department of Inova Fairfax Hospital

8081 Innovation Park Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031

Appointments available on Mondays and Wednesdays

Parking at Inova Schar Cancer Institute
Watch the video on the right to learn how to enter the Inova Schar campus off Gallows Road, and where to find valet, garage and surface parking.

When you arrive...
Parking is across the road in the free lot. Enter 8081 and take the escalator to the 2nd floor. Turn right and follow the corridor down past the gift shop and art exhibition room. Please have a seat in one of the hallway chairs. Your therapist will meet you there. Please wear your mask as you enter the building and keep it on for the duration of your massage. Thank you for your understanding.


Dewberry Life with Cancer Family Center, Inova Fairfax Community

8411 Pennell St
Fairfax, VA 22031

Appointments available on Mondays and Tuesdays

Parking at the Life with Cancer Family Cancer
There is a free parking lot right next to the Family Center building. 

When you arrive...
Please wear your mask as you enter the building and keep it on for the duration of your massage. Please have a seat in the main floor lobby where the massage therapist will meet you. 

Life with Cancer Family Center building
Dewberry Life with Cancer Family Center


Inova Alexandria - Mount Vernon Community

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

Appointments available on Fridays

Parking at Inova Alexandria Hospital
Inova Alexandria Hospital is located four blocks east of I-395 at 4320 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304.

Free visitor parking is available in the general parking lot on North Howard Street.

Paid visitor parking is located next to the visitor entrance. All visitors must pay the regular fees posted for the paid parking lot.

Valet parking is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

When you arrive...
Please enter through the Patient Entrance. Please tell anyone who asks that you are going to the Life with Cancer Suite NOT the Cancer Center. Proceed down the hall past the food counter (Starbucks) on the right. At the end of the hallway, turn to your left, go down the hall and take the 2nd right. Get on the elevator and go up to the 1st floor. The LWC suite is across the hallway from the elevator. Please wear your mask as you enter the building and keep it on for the duration of your massage.

visitor entrance of Inova Alexandria Hospital
Inova Alexandria Hospital


Inova Fair Oaks Community

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

Appointments available on Thursdays

Parking at Inova Fair Oaks Cancer Center
Parking is free at Inova Fair Oaks Medical Campus for all patients and visitors.

Specially designated parking is available for patients and visitors using the Emergency Care Center and adjacent to medical office buildings.

When you arrive...
Please take the elevator down to the lower level and turn to your right as you exit the elevator. The suite is on the left side of the hallway near the end. The massage therapist will meet you in the waiting room of the LWC suite. Please wear your mask as you enter the building and keep it on for the duration of your massage.

Entrance of Inova Fair Oaks 3580 building
Inova Fair Oaks Cancer Center

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Inova Loudoun Community

Inova Loudoun Hospital
Life with Cancer Office, Suite 210
44084 Riverside Parkway, LL, Suite 400
Leesburg, VA 20176

Appointments available on Wednesdays

Parking at Inova Loudoun Hospital
Inova Loudoun Hospital offers free and ample parking on campus for patients and visitors.

Park in the South Hospital Parking Lots for best access to building 44055

When you arrive...
Our building is located across the street from Inova Loudoun Hospital, the address is 44084 Riverside Parkway, LL, Suite 400, Leesburg. We are located in the Life with Cancer Studio on the basement level, where the exercise classes are held. Please wear your mask as you enter the building and keep it on for the duration of your massage.

Entrance of Inova Loudoun Hospital
Inova Loudoun Hospital

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is oncology massage?
Oncology massage is the modification of massage therapy to safely work with the effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Everyone affected by cancer — people in active treatment, those in recovery or survivorship, those at the end of life, and even caregivers — can benefit from oncology massage. Click here to learn more.


What is the cancellation policy?

When it is possible we ask that you call (703-662-1603) or email (massagetherapy@healwell.org) 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel your appointment. If you have a medical emergency or are ill and unable to give 24 hours notice, please call 703-662-1603 and give as much notice as possible.

If you do not arrive for an appointment and fail to notify Healwell, you will forfeit that session. If you miss two sessions with out giving notice, you will not be eligible for a third session.


Can I tip my massage therapist?

Our massage therapists are credentialed health care providers and therefore cannot accept tips. You are welcome to express your appreciation by making a donation to Healwell.


Can I continue to receive oncology massage with Healwell after the three free sessions?

Yes! Healwell is please to partner with Life with Cancer to provide discounted massage therapy to patients and caregivers. After the three free sessions, you may continue to book massage sessions and pay out of pocket at a discounted rate of $60/session. If you would like to schedule private pay sessions, complete this form.


How long are the sessions?

Each session is 50 minutes long. Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to ensure you have enough time to park and get to the treatment room on time.


Can I get deep tissue massage?

Healwell massage therapists are trained in oncology massage and will adapt pressure and speed to ensure maximum support. Deep and vigorous massage may add to fatigue, compromise skin or bone integrity, aggravate the side effects of compromised blood cell counts or vital organ impairment, cause nausea, create unnecessary risk for someone with or at risk for blood clots, or trigger or exacerbate lymphedema.


Do I have to take my clothes off?

No. The massage therapist can adapt to work around and/or over any garments you choose to leave on. You can receive an excellent and complete massage fully clothed if that's most comfortable to you. If you do choose to disrobe, you will be covered by a sheet and blanket and your modesty will be protected at all times.


Can I go to multiple locations?

Yes. You can receive all three sessions at a single location, or you can choose a different location for some or all sessions. The location listings above indicate which days appointments can be scheduled at each location.

Still have questions? 

Call us at 703-662-1603 or send us an email massagetherapy@healwell.org.