Coastal Cancer Center

Oncologists & Hematologists located in Myrtle Beach, Conway, Loris, & Murrells Inlet, SC

When you’re facing a cancer diagnosis, you want an experienced oncology team with a proven track record. In the Grand Strand area, Coastal Cancer Center is the leader in treating blood diseases and cancers, and is also a Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) certified practice. With four convenient locations offering advanced services in Myrtle Beach, Conway, Loris, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, you can easily find the highest-quality oncology care available in the area. To learn more, call Coastal Cancer Center today.

Oncology Q & A

What is oncology?

Oncology is the area of medicine specializing in researching, identifying, and treating cancer. An oncologist works to diagnose your cancer by performing a variety of tests, such as:

  • Lab tests: looking for signs of cancer in blood and urine
  • Biopsy: taking a tissue sample for testing
  • Endoscopy: introducing a camera into the body to look for irregularities
  • Ultrasounds, CT, MRI, or PET scans: imaging diagnostics that look for signs of disease

Oncology is also closely associated with hematology, the area of medicine focused on treating blood and blood-related disorders.

What kind of treatment do oncologists offer?

In many cases, several oncology specialists work together as a team to treat a cancer diagnosis. This team often includes a pathologist, an oncology nurse, or a diagnostic radiologist, as well as medical, surgical, or radiation specialists.

After diagnosing your cancer, your oncology team evaluates the stage, or extent, of your condition. Based on this additional information, your oncologist might recommend a variety of treatments to treat or manage your illness.

Oncologists usually specialize in cancer treatments that include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Hormone therapy
  • Monoclonal antibody treatments

Your oncologist also specializes in palliative care therapies to help manage symptoms and pain associated with your cancer.

What can I expect during my first oncology appointment?

Facing a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, but the experienced providers at Coastal Cancer Center have provided consistent and compassionate cancer care for over 36 years. Throughout your treatment process, they work closely with you to discuss your specific condition and outline next steps for diagnosing and coordinating your care.

Your first oncology appointment might include:

  • A comprehensive physical exam
  • Additional testing to help develop an effective treatment plan
  • Conversations with specialists, like surgeons or radiation oncologists
  • Meetings with a financial counselor to discuss insurance coverage and costs associated with your treatment
  • Introductions to support the service providers, like pharmacists or patient navigators

When you work with Coastal Cancer Center, you can rely on transparent communication and an open dialogue where you can raise concerns and ask any questions you may have. Because these conversations can be complex and overwhelming, Coastal Cancer Center recommends bringing a friend or family member to your appointment for support.

To find experienced oncology care, call Coastal Cancer Center to schedule an appointment today.