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Treatments & Services

Nurse Navigators

How Do Nurse Navigators Help Cancer Patients?

Nurse navigators are registered nurses who specialize in oncology and serve as a guide for patients. They are able to answer clinical questions and provide any needed guidance during treatment. They spend time with patients and their loved ones to understand the patient's treatment plan and the family's situation so they can then recommend education and guidance. They are there to help patients as they move through the full continuum of care, from detection and diagnosis to treatment and cancer survivorship. 

Meet the Nurse Navigators at Virginia Oncology Associates

Virginia Richards, RN
Lake Wright - (757) 368-5043



Pam Smith, RN
Chesapeake & Princess Anne - (757) 368-5054



Pamela Murray, RN
Western Tidewater - (757) 942-3218
North Carolina - (252) 337-8217


Sarah Lally, RN
Peninsula - (757) 873-9877



Our Nurse Navigation team helps coordinate care and provides guidance to our patients in the following areas:

  • Assessing the individual and personal needs of you and your family
  • Helping direct patients on the best pathway to treatment
  • Providing clinical guidance and education
  • Communicating with physicians, support service personnel, family members and others on your behalf
  • Providing follow-up and ongoing support
  • Assisting with referrals and appointments