At Mission Cancer Care, We Treat the Whole Patient
Mission Cancer Care provides cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, supportive care and survivorship with an emphasis on convenience for our patients and their families with a team approach to cancer care. That means our patients are often able to visit with a number of our specialists in one location, often in one appointment, providing comprehensive one-stop cancer care. Additionally, our cancer specialists collaborate easily through Cancer Conferences, a Multidisciplinary Clinic, and Multidisciplinary Rounding to discuss options and to establish the best course of action for each patient.
Our Mission Cancer Care team includes subspecialists from multiple practices, including Cancer Care of Western North Carolina, a service provided by Mission Hospital; Hope Women’s Cancer Center, an affiliate of Mission Health; Mountain Radiation Oncology, an affiliate of Mission Health; Regional Surgical Specialists, an affiliate of Mission Health; and Western Carolina Women’s Specialty Center, an affiliate of Mission Health.
Types of Cancers Treated
We treat a wide range of cancers at Mission Cancer Services. See the list below for the types of cancers we treat here at Mission Hospital:
- Anal Cancer
- Brain and Spine Tumors
- Bladder Cancer
- Bone Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Gastrointestinal Cancer
- Gynecologic Cancer
- Head and Neck Cancers
- Kidney Cancer
- Leukemia, Lymphoma and Other Blood Disorders
- Liver Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Melanoma and Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Pediatric Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Skin and Soft Tissue Cancer
Meet Dr. Blair Harkness, Gynecologic Oncologist at Hope Women's Cancer Center.
Did You Know...
Mission Cancer Care is a comprehensive team of subspecialists and clinic support team members who provide cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, supportive care, and survivorship to residents of 18 WNC counties. The Cancer Care team includes subspecialists from multiple affiliates of Mission Health: Cancer Care of Western North Carolina, Hope Women's Cancer Center, Mountain Radiation Oncology, Regional Surgical Specialists, Western North Carolina Women's Specialty Center, and Asheville Orthopaedic Associates.
Headlines & Happenings
What Is Cyberknife? Dennis of Marshall Shares His Prostate Cancer Treatment Success Story
In August 2017, Dennis Gingras of Marshall became the first patient in western North Carolina to be treated with Mission’s Cyberknife system for prostate cancer. After only five short treatments, his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) ...View More
Is Screening for Prostate Cancer Always the Right Decision?
By Matthew D. Young, MD, MBA One of my recent blogs talked about the controversy behind prostate cancer screening, and recently I came across a great article that unpacks this discussion and takes it ...View More
Broadcasting Hope – Local Radio Personality Sharon Green Shares her Story of Cervical Cancer Survival
Country music is story driven. That’s one of the reasons fans of the genre love it so much. Story can evoke emotion, create connection and inspire change. But a powerful story doesn’t ...View More
Personalized Medicine Is Changing Lives for Lung Cancer Patients
By Lynn Dressler, DrPH Director, Mission Health Personalized Medicine Program Personalized medicine evaluates the mutations found in an individual cancer patient’s tumor to predict which cancer treatments have the best chance of working ...View More
After Surgery to Remove a Bone Tumor, Brittany Jordan was Able to Return to Her Active Lifestyle
Physical therapy assistant Brittany Jordan lived most of her life with a benign bone tumor in her hip, and never knew it was there. She was aware she had range-of-motion difficulties, but was never ...View More
Lung Cancer – What You Need to Know in WNC
By Oliver A.R. Binns, MD Lung cancer continues to be the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths in North Carolina with 54.6 deaths per 100,000 population – more deaths than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. A ...View More
This Easy, Little-Known Lung Cancer Screening Is Saving Lives – Is It Right for You?
By John F. Ende, MD Chances are that you have discussed cancer screening with your doctor. Most women over the age of 40 have undergone breast cancer screening with mammography. Most men have discussed the ...View More
Quitting Smoking Requires a Plan – 10 Ways to Get Your Plan Started
By Donna Borowski Tobacco Treatment Specialist There’s a lot of focus on our lungs during the month of November – from lung cancer awareness, to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to the Great American ...View More
Prostate Cancer Screening – Addressing the Controversy
By Matthew D. Young, MD, MBA We all learned as children that “a stich in time saves nine” and that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So, does the same ...View More
Your First Mammogram – What to Expect
By Janet Magruder, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN Mission Breast Program A mammogram is an important step in taking care of yourself and your breasts. Early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful ...View More
Navigating Uncertain Waters – Joan’s Inspiring Story of Overcoming Breast Cancer
By Rebecca Alexander Joan Uhler of Brevard is a wife, mother, and a woman of faith. Joan is also one who seeks new adventures and journeys; she loves exploring the world and traveling on ...View More
Breast Cancer and Clinical Trials – What You Need to Know
By Leslie Verner, Certified Breast Cancer Nurse Mission Cancer Program Mission Hospital’s Cancer Program is proud to offer clinical trials to our breast cancer patients. But what exactly is a clinical trial? What ...View More
Study Shows Breast Cancer Mortality Rates Are Declining – Our Expert Explains Why
By Rachel Raab, MD A recent study shows from 1989 to 2015, breast cancer death rates decreased by 39 percent, which translates to 322,600 averted breast cancer deaths in the United States. The decrease in mortality was seen ...View More
Prostate Cancer Screening – MRI vs. Biopsy
By Mehul Bhakta, MD Asheville Radiology According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. Although many prostate cancers won’t impact a person’s ...View More
Raising a Glass for Breast Cancer Awareness – Pink Pint Night Funds Important Screenings
One of the most impactful messages to share during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the importance of proper screening. We are honored to partner with local nonprofit organization Ladies’ Night Out, which provides underinsured ...View More
Knowledge is Power When it Comes to Women’s Reproductive Cancer
Small things matter. September is National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month – a great time to note the little things to know and do about your risks for three main cancers of women’s reproductive organs: ...View More
All Breasts Are Not the Same – Do You Know Your Breast Density?
By Rachel Raab, MD Did you know that women with dense breast tissue are at 4-6 times higher risk of developing breast cancer? The breast consists of fat and breast tissue as well as ...View More
Is Prostate Cancer Screening Necessary?
By Gregory Carter, MD There have been arguments made against the need for prostate cancer screening, because prostate cancers occur in older men, are slow growing and are not likely to spread or result ...View More
What You Should Know about Ovarian Cancer
By Ashley Case, MD Gynecologic Oncologist Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynecologic malignancy and the most common cause of gynecologic cancer death in the United States with over 20,000 cases and over 14,000 deaths ...View More
A True Superhero – An Update on Young Noah’s Story
In September 2016, we shared the heartwarming story of young Noah Woods of Marion, and his inspiring journey as he courageously battles acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). A year later, we check in with Noah and ...View More