Cancer Testing & Treatment
Choose UNC Cancer Care at Rockingham for expert services when you need testing or treatment for cancer. You can expect an accurate diagnosis and personalized care plan that helps you get the best possible outcome.
Screenings & Diagnosis
Protect your health by regularly getting cancer screenings. These types of tests can catch the disease early, when treatment works best. Ask your primary care provider which screenings are right for your age, sex, medical history, and lifestyle.
If a screening or another test shows potential problems, your doctor may order follow-up testing, such as:
- Biopsy – Removes a tiny sample of tissue to examine for cancer
- Diagnostic imaging – Includes tests such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and Miraluma (which injects low amounts of radiation to check for breast cancer if mammogram results are hard to read)
- Lab test – Checks blood, urine, or other substances for signs of cancer
If you’re already a cancer patient at UNC Rockingham, ask your doctor if your family may benefit from genetic testing. This service helps identify inherited risks for cancer. When your loved ones understand their risk, a doctor can recommend steps to safeguard their health.
Stay in your community for chemotherapy and radiation therapy at one convenient location. You’ll benefit from experienced and certified doctors, nurses, and radiation therapists, who all work together to give you personalized care.
Radiation therapy kills cancer cells by using high-energy waves you cannot feel or see. At UNC Rockingham, you lie under a machine called a linear accelerator, which sends radiation beams into your body.
You’ll benefit from our advanced technology that:
- Reduces your total treatment time by delivering high doses of radiation
- Preserves healthy tissue by shaping the beam precisely to your tumor
Chemotherapy uses medicine to destroy cancer cells. You’ll most often receive this treatment by infusion (through a vein).
Expect your caregivers to help you feel comfortable with warm blankets, a recliner, and advice on managing chemotherapy’s side effects. To ease side effects, you may receive an infusion of fluids to keep your body hydrated, or blood products to make sure it has enough blood cells during treatment.
Immunotherapy helps your body’s immune system more strongly fight cancer or more easily find and kill cancer cells. Your doctor will tell you if this treatment, also called biotherapy, could reduce your specific type of tumor.
Like chemotherapy, immunotherapy usually is given through a vein.
Hormone therapy keeps breast tumors or prostate tumors from getting the hormones they need to grow. You may receive this treatment in pills that you swallow.
Surgery removes a tumor and sometimes the organ it’s in. A surgeon also may remove some tissue from your body to see how far cancer has spread.
Clinical trials test new ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer. Ask your doctor if you qualify for one of these research studies, which may give you access to cancer services that are not widely available.