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Oncology is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Oncologists receive extensive, specialized training to care for patients. Treatments may include a combination of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation, medication and/or surgery.

Oncologists in Asheville, North Carolina

Cancer may feel isolating, but you are never alone. We are here to help you through.

When you or a loved one receives a cancer diagnosis, it can feel overwhelming. At Mission Hospital, we aim to ease your worries and facilitate your recovery. Our oncologists build a comprehensive treatment plan defined by high-quality care and the latest medical advancements.

Types of cancer we treat

Our oncology program offers treatments for numerous types of cancer, including:

  • Anal cancer
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Blood cancer
  • Bone cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Endocrine and thyroid cancers
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Tongue cancer

Comprehensive cancer care

Committed to addressing and assessing your condition from every angle, our dedicated care teams use a range of specialized cancer treatments to get you on the road to recovery.

Diagnostic cancer screenings

Your oncology team may include pathologists, plastic surgeons, radiation oncologists and nurse navigators. Before these dedicated professionals can come together to determine and implement a proper course of treatment, a diagnosis must be reached. We achieve the most extensive view of your health through one or a combination of the following screenings:

  • Biopsy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scans
  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Mammograms
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scans
  • Ultrasound

Genetic counseling

If you think hereditary cancer runs in your family, you can talk to your doctor about the potential benefits of meeting with a genetic counselor. Our hospitals provide access to these experienced professionals, who are trained in medical genetics and psychosocial counseling. Their findings may reveal how your family's medical history impacts potential cancer development. In their evaluation, genetic counselors also examine your lifestyle, demographic, genetic and genomic characteristics.


Chemotherapy is a treatment method that uses drugs to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells, which tend to grow and divide quickly. While chemotherapy is sometimes used as a sole treatment, it is often combined with surgery, radiation therapy or biological therapy.

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors. Specializing by tumor type, our radiation therapists apply advanced technologies and treatments, such as robotic radiosurgery systems.

Oncological surgery

Whenever possible, we prioritize noninvasive cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, before recommending open surgery to remove tumors. Our surgeons always work together to determine the most effective procedure for your type of tumor and cancer.

Interventional oncology

When your cancer cannot be surgically removed or effectively treated with chemotherapy, we turn to interventional oncology. Treatment options include radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and cryoablation, which eliminate tumors via heat and cold.

We offer numerous interventional oncology procedures, including:

  • Chemoembolization
  • Complex biopsies
  • Drug-eluting bead embolization
  • Intra-arterial yttrium-90 radioembolization
  • Tumor ablation
  • Tumor embolization

Outpatient cancer rehabilitation

Our thorough approach to treatment means we provide outpatient rehabilitation to facilitate your recovery. We enhance your quality of life through targeted therapy.

Some of the rehabilitation services we provide include:

  • Cognitive assessment
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Mental health support
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Prescriptive exercise
  • Speech and swallowing intervention

Support and survivorship

We understand that sound mental health is an important part of overcoming cancer. As such, we offer a variety of support services to meet your educational, nutritional, spiritual and psychological needs. Some of these services include:

  • Cancer resource connections
  • Clinical social workers
  • Financial counselors
  • Lymphedema management
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Oncology nurse navigators
  • Oncology rehabilitation
  • Patient Advisory Council
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Support groups

Nurse navigation services

Oncology nurse navigators are dedicated professionals who provide support and advocacy through each step of your cancer journey. These registered nurses initiate and facilitate timely communication with every member of your care team to ensure you receive the right treatment at the right time. In addition to connecting you with support groups and community resources, nurse navigators offer education, advocacy and emotional support.

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