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Ballad Health Cancer Care – Abingdon
A Department of Johnston Memorial Hospital
In the fight against cancer, Ballad Health Cancer Care – Abingdon is on the front lines, right here at home.
With our exceptional physicians, team members and advanced technology, cancer has met its match. We know you want the best cancer care possible which is why Ballad Health Cancer Care – Abingdon is here for you.
Our team will make sure you get the care you need at the most convenient location possible. We provide medical and radiation oncology services, including diagnostic radiology and laboratory services. Our patients also have access to cancer education and screening programs, as well as a breast cancer support group.
We are Commission on Cancer accredited and open 5 days a week with location options that are close to home. Conveniently located on hospital campuses, our team has access to the specialists you need for your care: Dermatology, Endocrinology, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Gastrinol Intestinal (GI), Nephrology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OB/GYN), Pathology, Pulmonology, Radiology, Surgery and others. As a collaborative, interdisciplinary care team, we meet regularly regarding our patients care.
All patients have access to nutritional evaluation while emotional and practical support is available through our cancer navigators. No matter where you are in your fight against cancer – whether you’ve been recently diagnosed, are recovering from surgery or in the middle of recovery – we’re here for you and your cancer care needs.
Cancer care services
Surgery is perhaps the oldest known cancer treatment and can be used in a variety of circumstances. It is often used to diagnose the stage of cancer, as well as to assist with treatment options by inserting ports or other access devices. Surgery is most effective against localized cancers that are detected early, but even when an entire tumor can’t be removed, surgery may help relieve symptoms or discomfort. Surgery can also be used for preventative procedures and reconstruction after other treatments.
Johnston Memorial Hospital provides surgical oncology procedures such as: tumor removal from the breast, lungs, kidneys and other areas; lumpectomies and mastectomies; prostate removal; and seed implantation.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells. Often used in conjunction with other therapies, it is delivered precisely to one location, limiting damage to the other healthy cells in the body. Our facility offers highly precise treatment, following the best clinical data and safety guidelines including the use of on-board CT scanners which allow us to track the motion of tumors in challenging areas of the body, improving both the success and the safety of treatments. Radiation therapy can successfully treat breast, prostate, thyroid, skin and many other types of cancer.
While surgery and radiation therapy remove, kill or damage cancer cells in a certain area, chemo works throughout the whole body. Chemotherapy treatments are very specific based on the type of cancer, where it is, how big it is and how it is affecting you and your overall health. Cancer can be treated with a single chemo drug, but often several drugs are used in a certain order or in certain combinations. Sometimes chemo is the only treatment you need, however, more often chemo is used with surgery or radiation therapy or both. Chemo may be used to shrink a tumor before surgery or radiation therapy, or it may be used after surgery or radiation therapy to help kill remaining cancer cells.
- Genetic testing and education
- Hematology (blood disorders)
- Nutritional support
- Clinical trial education
- Specialist support
- Medication assistance
- Cancer navigation services – This program can help guide you and your family by serving as your personal contact, and answering questions about what to expect throughout your care. Services are available to assist in coordinating appointments and treatments, provide emotional support for you and your caregivers and offer additional resources relevant to your cancer diagnosis.
Screening and Support Resources
- Lung nodule clinic (only known way to catch lung cancer)
- Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) technology
- Women’s center
- Breast cancer support group
- American cancer society (ACS)
- Susan G. Komen grant award winner
Community Resources & Connections
- Cancer outreach
- Circle of hope
- Relay for life
Learn more about Ballad Health’s cancer care services.