Welcome to Southeast Radiation Oncology Group

Southeast Radiation Oncology Group (SERO) is home to more than 30 board-certified physicians practicing radiation oncology out of 20 hospitals and cancer treatment centers around the Charlotte Metro area. Our radiation oncologists graduated from some of the most prominent universities in the country, including Emory University School of Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Duke University School of Medicine. SERO physicians received their board certification from the American Board of Radiology. Every patient has access to both the comprehensive resources of our partners and the expert specialization of our team.

  • Multiple locations, including Carolinas Medical Center, Novant Health Presbyterian, and CaroMont Health, allow for easy access to treatment sites from anywhere in the Southeast.
  • SERO doctors partner with medical oncologists, internists, nurses, nutritionists, and the other medical professionals that make up your care team.
  • Radiation therapy is among the safest and most effective treatments for many types of cancer.
  • Expect personalized attention and a pleasant, calming environment during every visit.
  • We accept many major insurance providers and offer additional payment options when needed.

SERO is home to 30+ world-class physicians. Our team includes the best radiation oncologists, PAs, and nurses in the region.

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Every patient experiences fear and uncertainty in the face of a cancer diagnosis. Gain peace of mind by learning what you can expect.

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Your doctor and care team are always nearby. With 20 cancer treatment locations in the Charlotte metro area, it’s always convenient to get to appointments.

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Cancer Types

There are many different types of cancer. SERO provides radiation therapy for cancer in the Charlotte metro area. Explore the various cancer types below:

Brain Tumors

There are two types of brain tumors: benign and malignant. Brain tumors lead to damage when they grow and obstruct cells that serve vital organs. There is no known way to prevent the development of brain tumors. Symptoms of brain tumors include:

  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Lack of coordination
  • Changes in vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
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Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer. This type of cancer can be detected on a colonoscopy. Symptoms of colorectal cancer include weight loss, rectal bleeding, change in stool patterns and more. Some risk factors for colorectal cancer include:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Tobacco use
  • Lack of exercise
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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Head and Neck Cancer

Any cancer arising from the nose, lips, thyroid gland or mouth is considered a neck or neck cancer. Leading causes of this type of cancer include tobacco and alcohol use, and symptoms of head and neck cancer include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Throat pain
  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Headaches
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Lymphoma

Lymphoma is divided into two categories: Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This type of cancer is often very responsive to chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Lymphoma risk factors include family history, virus exposure, gender and more. Some symptoms of lymphoma include:

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Chest discomfort
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Pancreatic Cancer

The most common type of pancreatic cancer is Adenocarcinoma. Men are 30% more likely than women to develop this type of cancer. Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include jaundice, diabetes, blood clots, digestive problems and more. Some risk factors for pancreatic cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Over the age of 60
  • Family history
  • Diabetes
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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer occurs when skin cells become damaged from a substance such as ultraviolet radiation, genetic mutations or defects in cell reproduction. The three major types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the world. Some risk factors for developing skin cancer include:

  • Fair skin
  • Family history
  • Red or blond hair
  • Having over 50 moles
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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women. Many women who develop this disease do not have known risk factors. However, age, family history and hormone replacement therapy are known risk factors. Symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • Lumps felt in the breast
  • Skin changes in breasts
  • Breast thickening
  • Flaking nipple skin
  • General breast pain
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Gynecologic Cancer

Each year, it is estimated that 83,000 women are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, with the most common type being uterine cancer. Symptoms of gynecologic cancers include pelvic pain, unusual bleeding, chronic itching of the vulva and more. Risk factors for developing the disease include:

  • Obesity
  • Beginning menstruation early
  • Human papilloma virus
  • Family history
  • History of genital warts
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Hepatobiliary Cancer

This type of cancer includes malignant tumors that originate in the cells of the liver, bile ducts or gallbladder. Risk factors for hepatobiliary cancer include, but are not limited to, obesity, heavy alcohol use, exposure to certain toxins. Signs of hepatobiliary cancers include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Changes in bowel movements
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Lung Cancer

There are two types of lung cancer: “small cell” lung cancer and “non-small cell” lung cancer. Lung cancer is often associated with smoking, but many individuals who are diagnosed have never smoked. Risk factors for lung cancer include age, genetics and lifestyle. Signs of lung cancer include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Recurrent lung problems
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Prostate Cancer

In its beginning stages, prostate cancer rarely causes symptoms. When symptoms are present, they include painful urination, blood in urine and loss of bladder control. Many cases of prostate cancer are detected in its early stages with a prostate-specific antigen test. Risk factors for developing the disease include:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Body weight
  • Diet
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Upper GI Cancers

Also referred to as stomach cancer, upper GI cancers involve tumors of the esophagus and stomach. Symptoms of upper GI cancers include difficulty swallowing, weight loss and abdominal pain. Treatment for stomach cancer often includes a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Risk factors for developing upper GI cancers include:

  • Diet
  • Tobacco use
  • Type A blood
  • Stomach lymphoma
  • Being over the age of 50
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