If you were recently diagnosed with cancer, you likely have many questions. You may wonder: What are the costs of cancer? Will I experience any pain or discomfort? How quickly will I recover? If you live in the greater Catawba County area, SERO’s radiation oncologists at Catawba Valley Medical Center can provide answers to these questions while also providing comprehensive oncological services.
Comprehensive Cancer Center in Catawba County
Our Radiation Oncology Services
At SERO, we strive to offer advanced radiation services that target cancer cells while minimizing damage to healthy tissues. Because of this, we offer many state-of-the-art radiation services, such as:
How to Schedule an Appointment
The first step of radiation therapy is to meet with a radiation oncologist. During this consultation, your cancer care provider will discuss the potential benefits and risks of radiotherapy. Get in touch with a SERO provider to see if radiotherapy is appropriate for your specific cancer type and stage.
If you are a new patient, please call 704-333-7376 or complete our online form.
After completing the radiation consultation request form, the Department of Radiation Oncology at your closest SERO Charlotte cancer center location will contact you.
Current Catawba Valley Medical Center patients should call 828-326-3856.
Directions to Catawba Valley Medical Center
The Catawba Valley Medical Center (810 Fairgrove Church Road SE, Hickory, NC) offers comprehensive and accessible healthcare services in the Catawba Valley area. The hospital serves Catawba, Alexander, Caldwell, Burke, Iredell, and Lincoln counties and is conveniently located just off I-40 near Catawba County Public Health and FryeCare Urgent Care. Patients can access the Comprehensive Cancer Center by using 11th Ave. Entrance.
If you are traveling from Charlotte, follow I-85 South for about 40 minutes to Gastonia. Take exit 321 and then follow I-40 East to Hickory. Take exit 128 and turn left. After a half a mile, turn left onto 11th Avenue Drive SE. The Comprehensive Cancer Center is located on the right.
If you are traveling from Greensboro, follow I-40 West to exit 128. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right. Continue down Fairgrove Church Road SE for half a mile and then turn left onto 11th Avenue Drive SE. The Comprehensive Cancer Center is located on the right.
If you are traveling from Asheville, follow I-40 East to exit 128. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right. Continue down Fairgrove Church Road SE for half a mile and then turn left onto 11th Avenue Drive SE. The Comprehensive Cancer Center is located on the right.
What To Expect During Radiation Therapy
Many patients fear radiation therapy because they do not know what to expect. Fortunately, radiotherapy is a common, localized, and often painless cancer treatment option. If you are receiving external beam radiation therapy, you can expect your radiation sessions to last about 15 minutes. You will likely receive radiation therapy five days per week for five to eight weeks.
Internal radiation therapy, also called brachytherapy, is a little different. This therapy requires that radioactive pellets be placed in or near the cancerous lesion. Oftentimes, these pellets only emit radiation for a short period of time; however, they typically stay inside the body forever.
Radiation Oncology Cancer Care in Hickory, NC
When you are diagnosed with cancer, a team of skilled radiation oncologists and other medical professionals will be there to help you along your journey. However, the most important member of this care team is yourself—you ultimately choose your treatment plan. That’s why we’re here to answer your questions and discuss the best treatment options with you.
Reach out to us online to learn more about our radiation oncology services offered at Catawba Valley Medical Center.