Medical Oncology involves the treatment of cancer with chemotherapy and/or biotherapy. Chemotherapy/Biotherapy primarily refers to the treatment of cancer with drugs. Unlike radiation therapy that uses a targeted beam of radiation to one site - chemotherapy/ biotherapy is infused throughout a patient’s entire body. A medical oncologist is often the lead member of a patient’s health care team, and manages the patient’s course of treatment. A Medical Oncologist may help design treatment plans and coordinate treatment with other specialists such as surgeons, radiation oncologists, and radiologists. These specialists work with the staff of Gibson Cancer Center to go above and beyond for our patients as they battle cancer.
The oncologists at Gibson Cancer Center also treat patients that who have blood disorders. The study and treatment of blood disorders is called hematology. Hematology is a branch of medicine concerned with the nature, function, and diseases of the blood. Our medical oncologists treat patients with various blood disorders, from anemia to leukemia.
The Medical Oncology Department at Gibson Cancer Center is very privileged to be affiliated with the Duke Medical Oncology Network. Our medical oncologists are all Duke affiliated physicians who offer the highly ranked care provided by (Duke Health) right here in Robeson County. We have two full-time medical oncologists, two part-time medical oncologists, and one physician extender all of whom possess 75 plus years of combined experience in treating cancer.
The Medical Oncology Department has 22 employees specially trained and committed to the collaborative model of care for our patients. We are fortunate to have a full-time clinical trials nurse, a “ Shot Clinic ” nurse, six infusion nurses ( 5 of which are oncology certified ), 2 Clinic nurses, 2 phlebotomist, two clerical coordinators, and a nurse manager with 37 plus years of experience. This group works as a team alongside the medical oncologists to manage the treatment of each patient’s disease process.