Cancer Services

Haywood Regional Medical Center has a range of Cancer Service. Board-certified radiologists, surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists are available locally. A variety of other healthcare professionals including registered dietitians, certified lymphedema specialists, physical therapists are behavioral therapists are available to cancer patients. This team works together to design an individualized treatment plan for each patient.

Our innovative Nurse Navigator program matches those diagnosed with breast or lung cancer with a nurse navigator that walks them step by step throughout the cancer treatment process.

We also have access to local state-of-the-art radiation therapy facilities.  This means treatment can be done close to home.

Our Breast Center is located in the Outpatient Care Center on the Haywood Regional Medical Center campus. This allows the Nurse Navigator to work with patients in the same facility as digital mammography, radiologists, surgeons, and in close proximity to cancer treatment facilities. This enables open communication and efficient care for those that may have something detected during the examination. 

For more information about our Cancer Services, call 800.424.DOCS (3627)

Nurse Navigator Program

This innovative program matches breast care patient with our Nurse Navigator at Haywood Regional Medical Center. Women coping with biopsy or a cancer diagnosis and treatment now have unique professional advocates on their healthcare team.

Our Nurse Navigator is Johanna Dewees, B.S.N. She is a uniquely skilled nurse at helping support and guide breast cancer patients and their families throughout their course of medical treatment. She knows treatment options, resources, referral and support systems, etc. and can assist the patient in navigating all aspects of their care.

Johanna meets patients at the point of a biopsy recommendation and stays with the patient from the initial testing and diagnosis, continuing throughout the care and treatment process. She also assists with or coordinates patient appointments; provides educational materials for patient and family members; assesses the medical, emotional and social needs of her patients; works to eliminate barriers to care and follows up with medical staff to monitor and track patient care. 

Fellow professionals she works with include board-certified surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, registered mammography technologists, Ultrasound / MRI / CT  and Nuclear Medicine technologists, certified lymphedema specialists, registered dietitians, and behavioral health therapists.

Any patient with a Breast issue can contact a Navigator for assistance. 

To contact our Nurse Navigator use the information provided below:

Johanna R. Dewees, BSN
Toll free: 877-677-8101    

Support Groups and offerings: 

Yoga for Cancer Survivorship
Living with, through and beyond. 
Introductory classes and a six-week series is available.
Follow the link to learn more, register by calling 800.424.DOCS (3627) 



Lymphedema Physical Therapy 
Following surgery, a certified physical therapist is available for lymphedema therapy to assess and help minimize arm swelling, if this develops. They can teach women how to identify the signs and symptoms of lymphedema so that treatment can be started in a timely manner. 


Myriad Genetics Testing 
Patients with hereditary risk may be tested for known cancerous genes and can be connected with certified genetics counselors and support services to better understand their personal risks. 



HOPEful Living Women's Cancer Support Group
Meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center