Cancer Care

Cancer Centers in Durham, Raleigh, Cary, and Throughout North Carolina

Oncology Access Center 866-385-3123

You don’t have to travel far to receive the latest advances in cancer care. Duke cancer centers in Durham, Raleigh, and Cary offer you access to cancer doctors, treatment advances, and clinical trials only available at the best cancer hospitals in the U.S. In fact, some of the latest cancer treatment breakthroughs were discovered by Duke researchers. We know cancer treatment is a difficult journey that affects you physically, emotionally, and psychologically. We offer you and your family the comprehensive care and support you need, close to where you live and work.

Cancer Appointments Within 48 Hours

Our Oncology Access Center team members will schedule your initial comprehensive appointment with a Duke Oncology provider. We prepare for your appointment by securing medical records, images, and pathology slides, and scheduling your diagnostic tests. This prepares our oncology specialists to recommend a treatment plan at your first visit. Guidance can also be provided in Spanish.

Cancer Support Services

Learn about the cancer support services we offer to you and your loved ones. 

Choosing Where to Receive Cancer Treatment

Choosing where and from whom you'll receive cancer care is one of the most important decisions you will make. You’ll want a specialist in your specific cancer, someone who is experienced with the latest diagnostic and treatment advances, and who has the resources to ensure you receive the very best cancer care available.

As a major cancer hospital, Duke offers all of these things through its teams of cancer doctors. Here are some of the many reasons to choose our cancer doctors and our cancer hospitals in Durham and Raleigh for your care.

A Team Approach
Many different cancer doctors and cancer-specific health professionals work together to coordinate your care. Studies show that receiving cancer treatment from multiple specialists results in better outcomes. Your team may include:

  • Surgical Oncologists. Often your cancer care starts with a surgical procedure to remove cancer. Your cancer surgeon will evaluate the type and stage of your cancer and recommend the procedure that's right for you.
  • Medical Oncologists. Oversee chemotherapy, immunotherapies, and targeted treatments when they are part of your cancer treatment plan.
  • Radiation Oncologists. Targeted and shortened courses of radiation therapy may be used to shrink tumors before or after surgery. Duke radiation oncologists will also teach you techniques to minimize radiation exposure to your normal healthy tissues.
  • Plastic Surgeons. When necessary, a plastic surgeon may help you understand your reconstruction options.
  • You may also interact with counselors, nutritionists, pharmacists, social workers, and other cancer-specific caregivers who support you and your cancer treatment.
Duke Cancer Centers

Duke Health offers comprehensive cancer treatment at cancer centers in Durham, Raleigh, and Cary.

Personalized Treatment Options and Clinical Trial Access
Many of our cancer doctors are recognized leaders for their roles in developing new drugs, cancer vaccines, and novel approaches to treating cancer and related symptoms through our clinical trials. Ongoing clinical trials also explore genomics, which is the study of genes, how they function, and their impact on health. These efforts and providing access to these ongoing clinical trials help us personalize your cancer treatment options.

Treatment Near Your Home or Work
Convenience is important when it comes to ongoing cancer care. You can see your doctors, get lab work and imaging tests, and receive certain types of treatment at our cancer centers in Durham, Raleigh, and Cary. In addition, the Duke Cancer Network provides an array of cancer services in a network of community cancer programs in North Carolina and many other states.

Advanced Imaging Tools for Cancer Screening, Diagnosis
Our board-certified radiologists use 3D scans, high-resolution cameras, and other advanced technologies to detect cancer at the earliest possible stage. The new technology allows us to find smaller cancers that are difficult to detect on traditional imaging machines. 

Comprehensive Support for You and Your Loved Ones
Our cancer support services help you and your loved ones cope with cancer and survivorship. We offer individual counseling sessions with certified therapists, financial counseling, and help with housing and transportation. We also offer support groups, spiritual guidance, and recreation therapy. View all of our cancer support groups.

Educational Resources
Staff members at the Duke Cancer Center’s Patient Resource Center provide information on prevention, early detection, disease-specific cancers, treatments, side effects, research and clinical trials, complementary therapies, support, emotional care, children's concerns, and end-of-life care. We offer classes in chemotherapy educationbreast reconstruction, cancer nutrition, quitting smokingdiabetes education, and free legal services.

Remote, Written Second Opinion Reports
Get a written second opinion report from a Duke Health specialist in the comfort of your home. A second opinion can confirm a diagnosis, offer a different diagnosis, provide information about the most advanced treatments available, and ensure confidence in your decisions when faced with a serious medical condition. Learn more about our remote second opinion platform and process.

Duke Cancer Doctors
Meet our cancer doctors, view their profiles, and select the one that’s right for you.

Accredited Cancer Treatment Center

Our cancer services fall under the umbrella of the Duke Cancer Institute, which brings together the extensive resources of Duke University, Duke Health, and the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. We are committed to making innovative discoveries, developing new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer, and delivering those therapies in a patient- and family-centric way.

Fifty years ago, Duke was one of the country's first eight National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. We continue to provide cancer expertise and experience only found in the top 4% of U.S. centers. 

We are also part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving patient care.

Best Cancer Hospital in North Carolina

Where you receive your cancer care is important. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our cancer program is nationally ranked, and the highest-ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2024–2025.

This page was medically reviewed on 03/12/2018