Cancer Center

Phone Numbers

General Cancers Nurse Navigator
(803) 791-2289
(803) 791-2617
Support Group Network
(803) 791-2800
Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
(803) 791-2521
(800) 635-0858
Women's Imaging
(803) 791-2486
Radiology Department
(803) 791-2460


Our Surgery Team

  • Commended by the Institute of Surgeons.
  • Backed by the knowledge of the Duke Oncology Network.
  • Collaborate with physicians from other specialities twice a week.

Same Day/Next Day Surgery

Speedy intervention can make a huge difference for effective treatment and greatly reduce any anxiety you may be feeling.

With our Same Day/Next Day referral program, you can be evaluated and ready for surgery in 24 hours.

Less Invasive Surgery

Our affiliation with the Duke Cancer Institute keeps us moving forward with the latest available cancer treatments. For surgery, this means we can offer new, minimally invasive treatments.


  • Faster recovery time.
  • Shorter hospital stay.
  • Fewer complications.
  • Less scarring.

Advanced Treatment

Robotic Surgery

A surgeon guides a remote-controlled, state-of-the-art system through the procedure.

What is it?

  • State-of-the-art, remotely controlled system.
  • Typically used for prostate and colon surgery.

What are the benefits?

  • Minimally invasive, even with complex surgeries.
  • Corrects hand tremors.

Keyhole (Laparoscopic) Surgery

Surgeons remove a tumor through small incisions.

What is it?

  • Uses a thin, flexible camera for better visibility.
  • Just as effective as traditional surgery.

What are the benefits?

  • Minimally invasive.
  • Incisions are about 1 cm and heal more quickly.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

A surgeon inserts a small needle into the tumor, then heats it to kill tumor cells.

What is it?

  • Outpatient surgery.
  • Uses heat to kill cancer cells.
  • Also a form of radiation therapy.

What are the benefits?

  • Minimally invasive.
  • Limited scarring.
  • No hospital time.

Radiation Surgery (Stereotactic Radiosurgery)

A doctor focuses a large amount of radiation energy at the cancer cells.

What is it?

  • Our new TrueBeam frameless imaging system.
  • Also a form of radiation therapy.
  • Used for cranium, liver and lung lesions.

What are the benefits?

  • Minimally invasive.
  • No cuts or incisions.

Chest Surgery (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery)

A surgeon makes a small incision and operates with tiny tools, including a camera to guide the procedure.

What is it?

  • Diagnoses and treats chest issues.

What are the benefits?

  • Minimally invasive.
  • Lessens pain in recovery.
  • No muscle or bone division.

Lymph Node Recovery After Surgery

Lymphedema is a chronic swelling that occurs in arms or legs after lymph node damage or removal, which is not uncommon in certain surgeries. While there is no cure for lymphedema, we can help you reduce its effects.

Managing Lymphedema

All patients are referred to physical therapy for treatment.

To keep swelling under control, we use a combination of bandaging, exercise, skin care and manual drainage. Our patients usually experience few significant long-term changes to their everyday lives.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation funds treatment for patients who lack insurance, or who are underinsured.