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Regional hub for the Sentara Cancer Network officially opens

Sentara Brock Cancer Center. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Sentara Healthcare)
Sentara Brock Cancer Center. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Sentara Healthcare)

A $93.5 million, 253,000-square-foot facility tagged as the regional hub for the Sentara Cancer Network has officially opened its doors for patient care and comprehensive cancer treatment.

It’s the Sentara Brock Cancer Center. Officials said the new facility “transforms cancer care in Hampton Roads by bringing together expert care teams, community organizations and holistic cancer treatment services within one location.”

Sentara broke ground on the center in March 2018 and began treating patients on June 1, 2020.

It was named after the Joan and Macon Brock family.

“Joan Brock’s generous donation ensures cancer patients receive exceptional care in a healing environment,” Sentara officials said in a news release.

Joan is a three-time cancer survivor and a previous Sentara Healthcare board member. She is honoring her late husband, Macon Brock, and her family through this gift.

“I heard that dreaded phrase, ‘You have cancer,’ so I know how vital it is to have a comprehensive solution that treats the whole person as well as the disease,” Joan said in the news release. “I relied upon an advanced clinical team to get me through survivorship. Now, everyone in our community will have access to our region’s community cancer partners in one location right here at home.”

The Sentara Brock Cancer Center brings together care team partners from Virginia Oncology AssociatesEastern Virginia Medical School Medical Group and additional community providers who will be moving into the building in a phased approach through spring of 2021, according to the news release.

The partnership is led by a physician steering committee comprised of clinical leaders from Sentara, VOA and EVMS to develop and guide a shared vision for oncology care in the Hampton Roads community.

That includes multidisciplinary care, expanded community access to clinical trials, improved outcomes by strengthening the capacity for advanced cancer care close to home, and coordinated survivorship programs to help patients transition to life after diagnosis.

Officials said as a result of the partnership, “cancer patients, survivors and their families will benefit from increased access to cancer resources and services, expanded screening, awareness and prevention efforts, treatment options, and survivorship care.”

Sentara said they will continue to provide cancer care at existing Hampton Roads locations.

According to Sentara, here are a few of the services patients can expect at the new center:

  • A calming environment that includes an outdoor Healing Garden and quiet family work stations for caregivers as they assist their loved ones at appointments.
  • Support services for advanced illnesses, including Sentara’s first outpatient palliative care clinic in the Hampton Roads community.
  • Complementary alternative medicine therapies, such as massage, art and music therapy.
  • Silhouette Mastectomy Boutique – A retail shop for wig services, headwear and mastectomy products.
  • A rehabilitation gym with two certified lymphedema therapists and fitness classes led by a certified cancer exercise specialist.

To read Sentara’s detailed COVID-19 safety precautions, click here.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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