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Cancer Treatments

Expect personalized care for adults at McCreary Cancer Center at UNC Health Caldwell. Your cancer team will work with you and your primary care provider to make a plan that includes one or more treatments—such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation, surgery, or clinical trials. You’ll receive education on your therapies and get excellent care that reflects your needs and preferences.


Chemotherapy destroys cancer cells using medicine taken by mouth, given via injection, or delivered directly into a vein (infusion). Rest assured your care will be in the qualified hands of a nurse certified to give chemotherapy.

Ask your nurse or doctor for help easing chemotherapy’s side effects. Your care team will work to make you feel as well as possible.


Immunotherapy, or biotherapy, helps your body’s immune system fight cancer. Your doctor may recommend this treatment depending on your type of cancer.

You may receive immunotherapy by infusion or a pill. Expect high-quality care from McCreary Cancer Center nurses certified to give immunotherapy.

Therapy by Infusion

If you receive chemotherapy or immunotherapy through a vein (infusion), you’ll appreciate the comfortable infusion therapy setting at McCreary Cancer Center. Enjoy semi-private booths with a relaxing view of the outdoors.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy kills cancer cells while minimizing harm to nearby healthy tissue. Depending on your type of cancer, you may receive:

  • External radiation – You lie next to a machine that sends out tightly focused beams of radiation to the tumor.
  • Internal radiation (brachytherapy) – A doctor puts tiny radioactive pellets into or near the tumor.
  • Systemic radiation therapy – You receive an injection of a radioactive material that travels through your blood to cancerous tissue.

Accredited in Radiation Therapy

You can trust our quality of care because McCreary Cancer Center is accredited in radiation therapy by the American College of Radiology and the ASTRO Accreditation Program for Excellence. Our accreditations mean you benefit from:

  • Tailored treatment plan
  • Strict safety measures
  • Highly trained staff
  • High-quality equipment

Surgery for Cancer

Surgery removes some or all of a tumor. This treatment sometimes removes the organ or body part affected by cancer, such as the breast or prostate. You may need chemotherapy or radiation to kill any cancer cells that surgery can’t remove—and to prevent cancer from returning.

Cancer Clinical Trials

Depending on your type and stage of cancer, you may qualify for a clinical trial that tests promising new treatments. Explore open clinical trials at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, which collaborates with McCreary Cancer Center. Talk to your doctor about your options.

Blood Product Transfusions

Blood product transfusions add blood cells, platelets, or plasma to your body to replace those lost during cancer or cancer treatment. The transfusions do not treat tumors, but can help prevent anemia and make your blood clot better, so bleeding stops sooner after an injury.

Make an Appointment

Call 828-759-4690 to schedule an appointment at McCreary Cancer Center.

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