Find complete cancer care and treatment tailored to your individual needs at Nash UNC Health Care. Lean on our experienced cancer care team at the Danny Talbott Cancer Center that supports you and explains what you can expect during cancer treatments.
Coordinated, Expert Cancer Care
Expect your expert, multidisciplinary cancer care team at Nash UNC to work together to review your cancer diagnosis and recommend the best plan of care. Your cancer treatment will follow evidenced-based National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines so you get the best possible care. When needed, your team will consult N.C. Cancer Hospital or UNC Rex Cancer Care for very specialized cancer care.
Personalized Treatment Plan
Work with your cancer care team and doctor to decide on a custom treatment plan to fit your preferences and needs. Get answers to your questions and insights from your care team to make informed decisions about your cancer care. Expect your care team to get to know you and follow your personalized plan for your best outcome.
Cancer Treatments We Offer
Depend on us for a full range of cancer treatments to fight cancer. Your plan may involve one or more treatments, such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery.
When you need chemotherapy to treat cancer, you’ll receive medicine to help stop your cancer from spreading or to kill cancer cells in your body. Depending on the type of cancer you have, you’ll get chemotherapy through an IV in your vein or as a pill.
Chemotherapy affects your whole body, not just the area of your body with cancer. You may experience side effects during treatment from some types of chemotherapy. Your doctor will try to reduce the effects.
You may receive hormone therapy for prostate or breast cancer to shrink or stop the growth of cancer cells. Other types of cancer treatments may include hormone therapy if the cancer uses hormones to grow.
Common ways to get hormone therapy include medication and injection. You also may need surgery to remove hormone-producing organs, such as ovaries or testicles. Talk to your cancer doctor about how to manage the side effects of hormone therapy.
Your doctor may recommend immunotherapy (also known as biotherapy) that targets your immune system to treat your cancer. This type of therapy stimulates your immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells or work harder to attack cancer cells.
Radiation therapy directs high-energy waves from outside your body into your body to destroy cancer cells or stop them from spreading. Unlike chemotherapy, radiation therapy directs treatment to your tumor. You may receive radiation therapy alone or in combination with other types of cancer treatment.
Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
Visit us for sophisticated radiation therapy technology usually found only at major university medical centers. Benefit from IGRT cancer treatment using high-resolution, 3D images from two Varian linear accelerator systems. That technology means we can pinpoint the site of your tumor and precisely target it during radiation treatments. IGRT can deliver radiation to areas of your body that move, like your lungs. This treatment minimizes radiation exposure to normal tissue surrounding your tumor.
3D Conformal Radiation Therapy (3D CRT)
If you receive 3D conformal radiation, your treatment will use X-ray beams matching the shape of your tumor. We tailor 3D CRT to your anatomy and tumor location. Your doctor may schedule a CT scan, MRI, and/or a PET scan to find the specific location of your tumor. Advance planning for 3D CRT reduces the amount of radiation affecting normal tissue during treatment and maximizes the dose to your tumor.
You and your cancer team may decide surgery is the best treatment option for your type of cancer. Or you might have surgery in combination with other treatments. Feel confident that our trained and experienced surgeons at Nash UNC can perform minimally invasive and open surgeries to treat your cancer. You may have surgery to:
- Prevent cancer from developing
- Diagnose and stage your cancer
- Remove a tumor or growth
- Treat your cancer in combination with other types of treatment
Infusion Therapy Services
Rely on our skilled infusion therapy nurses to provide some of your cancer treatments. Infusion therapy delivers medicine and fluids, such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy, through a vein. The length of time you’ll spend receiving infusion therapy depends on your cancer and your care plan requirements.
Find amenities at the Danny Talbott Cancer Center to make your infusion therapy process more comfortable, such as:
- Semi-private infusion bays with reclining chairs
- Private infusion room with a bed
- Large windows letting plenty of natural light in the rooms
- Convenient drop-off area allowing you to walk to your therapy
- Serene outdoor patio with a garden area for you and your family to relax in before your treatment
Cancer Treatment Clinical Trials
Gain access to clinical trials—in collaboration with UNC—through the Danny Talbott Cancer Center. When you choose us for care, you may be eligible for experimental treatments not widely available yet. Medications and treatments offered to patients in a trial are generally unavailable to patients not participating in the trial.