Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Monday, March 30, 2020 | 2:16 pm:

In order to help protect patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19, no visitors are allowed at any of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s outpatient or inpatient facilities, except in certain situations. Learn more

At this time, Wake Forest Baptist Health is following state and national guidelines and is limiting COVID-19 testing in the outpatient setting to only patients ill enough to require admission to the hospital. More COVID-19 Updates

Cancer Center

World-Class Cancer Care – Close to Home

Located on the campus of Lexington Medical Center, hospital-based clinic Cancer Center-Lexington brings the resources of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health to Lexington. We offer a full range of cancer services including cancer specialists on-site, access to the latest treatments and technologies, and opportunities to participate in clinical trials, all connected to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the nation’s top cancer centers.  

Hematology and Medical Oncology

  • Diagnosis and treatment of cancer
  • Treatment of benign and malignant blood disorders
  • Individual chemotherapy treatment areas
  • Patient consultations
  • Participation in clinical trials and research
  • Laboratory services

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Katherine Ansley, MD

Brian Griffin PA
Brian Griffin, PA-C

Radiation Oncology

  • Patient Consultations
  • Our  Linear Accelerator has image guidance capability with cone beam CT to improve the precision and accuracy of treatment delivery during each treatment session.  This is especially useful in organs that move, such as the lungs, liver, pancreas and prostate gland. 
  • We offer VMAT (Volumetric- modulated arc therapy) capability, which is an advanced form of IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy).  The treatment time is shorter than conventional IMRT while still delivering precise treatment, maximally sparing normal surrounding tissues.

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Laura Allen, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

  • Patient Consultations
  • Comprehensive care for women with gynecologic neoplasms
  • Surgical management of patients with cancer and pre-invasive disease of the female genital tract

Janelle Pakish MD

Janelle Pakish Darby, MD

Surgical Options

Physicians with Davidson Surgical Associates work in conjunction with Lexington Medical Center to provide a full range of services for women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Mark Smith, MD, Brian Lewis, MD, Steven Muscoreil, MD, Claudiu Cimpean, MD, and Eric Lance, MD, are certified by the American Board of Surgery and Fellows in the American College of Surgeons. 

The comprehensive services provided by the group include:

  • Biopsies
  • Mastectomies
  • Sentinel node mapping
  • Breast saving surgeries
  • Follow up care

Accredited Mammography Services

Lexington Medical Center's Mammography Department is equipped with the latest digital mammography equipment and is accredited by the American College of Radiologists. The accreditation ensures the highest level of mammography imaging. 

Mammography Q & A

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It is the best screening tool we have today to find breast cancer early when it is most treatable. It can find breast cancer when it is very small, even too small to feel. It can also detect abnormal changes to the skin and calcifications. Mammography does a good job of finding cancer. However, it is most accurate when used with another screening test called a clinical breast exam.

Are mammograms painful?

To get a good picture, the technologist needs to flatten the breast. You may feel some pressure, but it only lasts a few seconds. Let the technologist know if your feel any pain.

Is the radiation in mammography harmful?

A woman is exposed to some radiation during a mammogram. While the radiation exposure during mammography can increase the risk of breast cancer, this increase in risk is very small. Studies show that the benefits of mammography outweigh the risks.

How can I get a mammogram?

Call your doctor for a referral, or call 336-716-WAKE.

What are the known benefits of 3D Mammography?

  • Reduced Callbacks: 3D mammography allows the radiologist to look at different layers of the breast tissue, helping to distinguish normal breast tissue from abnormal breast tissue. Information from these additional views is believed to lead to fewer callbacks and therefore less anxiety for women. 
  • Better Visualization: Radiologists can better determine the size, shape and location of an abnormality with 3D mammography. 
  • Improved Sensitivity: By minimizing the impact of overlapping breast tissue, 3D mammography may improve breast cancer screening and early detection. 

What if I cannot afford a mammogram?

Most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover mammograms. However, if you cannot afford one or do not have insurance, call the Susan G. Komen breast care helpline at 1-877-GO-KOMEN (1-877-465-6636) for a free or low cost option.

How to Get Here

Cancer Center107 West Medical Park Drive
Lexington, NC 27292

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