Novant Health Cancer Institute – Wilkesboro gives you access to world-class cancer care close to where you live. Our team of experienced providers work to assess your health and provide an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible. Then, they will create a unique treatment plan based on your health concerns and your personal goals. Should your plan include chemotherapy, you will be able to receive that right here in our on-site infusion suite.
We understand cancer treatment is more than just medicine. Before, during and even after your treatment, a nurse navigator will help answer your questions and address your concerns. They will make sure you have access to any emotional or spiritual help you might need, as well as survivorship resources once your treatment is complete.
Our services include:
- Computer-assisted tomography (CT) scans (an imaging procedure that combines many X-rays to examine structures in the body)
- Nuclear medicine (a procedure that uses a small amount of radioactive material to examine the structure and function of structures in the body)
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans (a nuclear medicine procedure that looks at metabolic activity in body tissue)
- Biopsies, including fine needle aspirations and stereotactic needle biopsies (procedures which use a needle to remove a small amount of tissue so it can be examined for abnormalities)
- Digital rectal examinations (to check the lower rectum, pelvis and abdomen for cancers)
- Colonoscopy procedures (a procedure to examine the colon)
- Blood testing
- Sigmoidoscopy (a minimally invasive procedure to examine the large intestine)
- Barium enemas (a procedure that involves a liquid inserted through the rectum to allow for examination of the large intestine)
- Computer-assisted tomography (CT) lung scans
- Bronchoscopy (a procedure in which a thin tube inserted thorugh the throat is used to examine the lungs)
- Thoracentesis (a procedure in which a needle is inserted between the lungs and the chest wall to remove fluid and improve breathing)
- Transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS) (a procedure in which a small probe which releases sound waves is inserted into the rectum; the waves bounce off the prostate, allowing for a video image of the prostate to be made)
- Intravenous pyelogram (an X-ray exam of the urinary tract)
- Cystoscopy (a procedure in which a small tube with a camera is inserted into the urethra to examine the urethra and bladder)
Our providers take part in multidisciplinary cancer conferences regularly. These meetings among cancer specialists from across the Novant Health network allow providers to collaborate while reviewing your case, ensuring you receive the most comprehensive care possible.
You can also benefit from the many clinical trials open to patients in the Novant Health network, as well as our hereditary cancer genetics clinic, which can help you identify cancer risks before they become larger concerns.