Your First Visit
Gather Your Information
- Complete your Patient Self-Assessment Tool and bring with you to your first visit.
- Bring any medical information related to your diagnosis that you have been asked to bring. The Patient Representative will inform you of information that is required for your first visit. This may include diagnostic images, pathology slides and reports.
- Bring a list of all your medications, prescription and
nonprescription, you are currently taking. This includes vitamins,
nutritional supplements and over-the-counter medications.
- Bring a list of all your physicians with whom you would like us to
communicate. Please include the doctor’s full name, address, phone
number and email address if possible.
- Bring a list of any known allergies that you have.
- Bring a journal of your symptoms.
- Bring information about your family history.
Other Items to Consider
- A list of questions you would like to ask the physician
- Comfortable clothing, like a sweater or jacket to keep you warm
- A family member or significant other for support
- A notebook to take notes
SECU Cancer Center
At SECU Cancer Center, we provide comprehensive cancer care from diagnosis to assertive treatment, all in a modern facility that includes superb technology, and comfortable, effective treatment delivery. Evidence-based treatment plans incorporate the latest research. Our Resource Center provides educational materials to serve our patients and their families.
The following services are now housed in our new Center:
- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program
- Zeis Children's Cancer Center
- Radiation Therapy
- Mountain Radiation Oncology (828-213-0100)
- Infusion Center for adult patients
- Palliative care offices
- Medical Oncology through Cancer Care of Western NC
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:
- Breast Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Gynecologic Cancer
- Head and Neck Cancers
- Melanoma and Non-melanoma Skin Cancer
- Leukemia, Lymphoma and Other Blood Disorders
- Brain and Spine Tumors
Mission Breast Program: Expert Personal Communications with Quality Care
We understand that an abnormal mammogram or breast biopsy can create
great fear and uncertainty. It is common for women to have a multitude
of difficult questions, and concerns that require the immediate need for
qualified, helpful, communication combined with expert care - before
all the details are worked out.
We, at the Mission Breast Program, are here to help patients and help referring Doctors manage the uncertainty, the complexity and alleviate her fear.
Our Team of Breast Experts has a deep and broad knowledge base
combined with years of experience in treating breast problems and breast
cancer. Just as important: we specialize in continuity, coordination,
personalized discussions and a passionate culture of quality breast
When it matters most, you are not alone - the Mission Breast Program.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment call (855) 213-2500.
Angela Hopper Shares Her Story About Lung Cancer and Treatment
Lung Screening FAQs
Yearly lung screening with low-dose CT (LDCT) has been shown to save lives by finding lung cancer early, when it is easier to treat. This handout answers many questions that people have about LDCT lung screening. If you have any additional questions, please call (828) 213-2506.
What is the goal of LDCT lung screening?
The goal of LDCT lung screening is to save lives. Without LDCT lung screening, lung cancer is usually not found until a person develops symptoms. At that time, the cancer is much harder to treat.
Am I eligible for lung cancer screening?
You are eligible for an annual LDCT to screen for lung cancer if you meet these criteria:
- Age 55 to 77 years old
- A 30 "pack year" or greater history of smoking
- A "pack year" is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years you have smoked
- Current smoker or quit within the past 15 years
- No symptoms of lung cancer such as new cough, worsening shortness of breath, unexplained weight loss, coughing up blood or chest pain
- Able and willing to tolerate treatment if lung cancer is discovered
Why does it matter if I have symptoms?
Certain symptoms can be a sign that you have a condition in your lungs that should be evaluated and treated, if necessary, by your healthcare provider. These symptoms include fever, chest pain, a new or changing cough, shortness of breath that you have never felt before, coughing up blood or unexplained weight loss. Having any of these symptoms can greatly affect the results of the lung screening and may actually delay the treatment you may need.
Do I need to have an LDCT lung screening exam every year?
Yes. LDCT lung screening exam is recommended every year until you are 77.
How effective is LDCT lung screening at preventing death from lung cancer?
Studies have shown that LDCT lung screening can lower the risk of death from lung cancer by 20 percent in people who are at high risk.
How can I get screened for lung cancer?
LDCT screening for lung cancer requires a referral from your doctor. Talk to your doctor about your risk for the disease and discuss your eligibility for screening.
How is the exam performed?
LDCT lung screening is one of the easiest screening exams you can have. The exam takes less than 10 seconds. No medications are given, and no needles are used. You can eat before and after the exam. You do not even need to get changed as long as the clothing on your chest does not contain metal. You must, however, be able to hold your breath for at least 6 seconds while the chest scan is being taken.
Are there any risks to LDCT lung screening?
There are several risks and limitations of LDCT lung screening. We want to make sure that we have done a good job explaining these to you, so please let us know if you have any questions. Your healthcare provider who ordered the screening may want to talk with you more about this:
- Radiation exposure: LDCT lung screening uses radiation to create images of your lung. Radiation can increase a person’s risk of cancer. By using special techniques, the amount of radiation in LDCT lung screening is small—about the same amount a person would receive from a screening mammogram. Further, your doctor has determined that the benefits of the screening outweigh the risks of being exposed to the small amount of radiation from this exam.
- False negatives: No test, including LDCT lung screening, is perfect. It is possible that you may have a medical condition, including lung cancer, that is not found during your exam. This is called a false negative.
- False positives/additional testing: LDCT lung screening may find something in the lung that could be cancer but in fact is not. This is called a false positive. False positive tests often cause anxiety. In order to make sure these findings are not cancer, you may need to have more tests. These tests will be performed only if you give us permission. Occasionally, patients need a procedure, such as a biopsy, that can have potential side effects. For more information on false positives, see “What can I expect from the results?” below.
- Findings not related to lung cancer: Your LDCT lung screening exam also captures images of areas of your body next to your lungs. In a small percentage of cases (5-10 percent), the CT scan will show an abnormal finding in one of these areas, such as your kidneys, adrenal glands, liver or thyroid. This finding may not be serious; however, you may need to be examined further. Your healthcare provider who ordered your exam can help determine what, if any, additional testing you may need.
Is lung cancer screening covered by insurance?
LDCT to screen for lung cancer is covered by Medicare and private insurance plans for eligible patients.
What if lung cancer screening is not covered by my insurance?
A cash pay option of $250.00 is available, at time of service, for patients who are uninsured or do not have plans that cover LDCT lung screening.
What can I expect from the results?
About 1 out of 10 LDCT lung screening exams will find something in the lung that may require additional imaging or evaluation. Most of the time these findings are lung nodules. Lung nodules are very small collections of tissue in the lung. These nodules are very common, and the vast majority—more than 97 percent—are benign (not cancer).
Less commonly, lung nodules are cancer. If a small lung nodule is found to be cancer, the cancer can be cured more than 90 percent of the time. That is why we are screening you. To distinguish the large number of benign (noncancerous) nodules from the few nodules that are in fact cancer, we may need to get more images before your next yearly screening exam. If the nodule has suspicious features (for example, it is large, has an odd shape or grows over time), we will refer you to a specialist for further testing.
When will I get my results?
You will receive the results of your exam within 2 weeks. If you do not hear from us within 2 weeks, please be sure to call us at (828) 213-0695.
Will my doctor also receive the results?
Yes. Your healthcare provider who ordered your exam will receive a copy of your results.
Mission Cancer Care Locations
Zeis Cancer Suite at SECU Cancer Center
21 Hospital Drive
Asheville, NC 28801
Monday - Friday 8:00am-6:00pm
Angel Cancer Care
834 Depot Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Cancer Care of WNC - Asheville
21 Hospital Drive
Asheville, NC 28801
Cancer Care of WNC - Brevard
89 A Hospital Drive
Brevard, NC 28712
Cancer Care of WNC - Franklin
834 Depot Street, Suite 210
Franklin, NC 28734
Cancer Care of WNC - McDowell
430 Rankin Drive
Marion, NC 28752
Cancer Care of WNC - Spruce Pine
125 Hospital Drive
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Cancer Care of WNC - Sylva
609 Asheville Highway
Sylva, NC 28779
Mission Breast Center
534 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Mission Breast Center at Mission Pardee Health Campus
2695 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704
Mission Breast Center - South at Biltmore Park
2 Town Square Blvd. Ste. 110
Asheville, NC 28803
Hope Women's Cancer Center
100 Ridgefield Ct.
Asheville, NC 28816
Brevard Cancer & Infusion Center
89 Hospital Drive, Suite A
Brevard, NC 28712