Patient Testimonials: In Their Own Words

What people say about Southeastern Medical Oncology Center

At SMOC, we are dedicated to providing the utmost in compassion along with leading-edge cancer care that is as advanced, appropriate and effective as you’d find at any major cancer-treatment institution. Our goal is to give you hope and your best chance for victory in the fight against cancer.

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Here’s what SMOC patients say about our level of care… and caring:

  • I have been a patient at SMOC for 12 years. My first battle with cancer was breast cancer and I am now dealing with amyloidosis. Throughout my experiences with cancer, I have found the doctors and staff at SMOC to be unfailingly supportive and professional. When you enter the door you are greeted with cheerful, helpful people. This continues through to the lab and the chemotherapy room. I have never visited another doctor’s office where everyone is loving and supportive. I have found Dr. Atkins to be incredibly knowledgeable about cancer treatment, always at the forefront of new advances. In addition to this, he has people skills. Dr. Atkins is available to answer all questions and is very thoughtful and understanding with both the patient and the family. I would highly recommend SMOC to anyone facing cancer.”

    ~  Judy Kim Clark
  • I know that I am not the only patient at SMOC because I have seen the parking lot and waiting room, but that’s just the way I feel when I am there for an appointment. Everyone associated with SMOC from the lab, chemotherapy room, nurses and doctors are top quality medical professionals in every way. Their interaction with patients is genuinely a kind and caring experience done with an extra measure of hope and encouragement. My experience with Dr. Atkins and the SMOC staff has spanned almost two decades and I am so very fortunate to have to have them as my medical team!”

    ~  Roy Parker
  • Having the ability to speak with a doctor after office hours 24/7 is one of the most outstanding services provided by SMOC. I have had to use this service several times, and a doctor has returned my call each time within 5 minutes."

    ~  Barbara Parks Worrell
  • A week after moving to North Carolina from Michigan, I had my first appointment at Southeastern Medical Oncology Center. Being freshly diagnosed, in a new town, with a baby, I was very nervous, to say the least. The staff tapped into that and quickly made me feel at home. Over the past 3-plus years that I have been receiving treatment there, I have noticed that it isn’t just me they treat like family. The staff and doctors make it a point to genuinely get to know each and every patient. My daughter knows all of their names, and they welcome her with open arms! If I have to bring her to treatments with me, they make sure we are comfortable and entertained! I hate that cancer has crossed my path, but I couldn’t be more thankful for the hands that I have been placed in. I am able to make decisions about my treatment with my doctor, which makes me even more confident in my care. Thank you, SMOC, for putting the 'can' in cancer!"

    ~  Kasey Swartz
  • In 2011, we were introduced to the family at SMOC. Through our 4 years since, we have made many friends. Not just with the staff, but also other patients! Everyone at SMOC has helped us, and allowed us to help, as well. They have laughed with us and cried with us, too. Even though no one would wish to have cancer, we are glad to have met our friends that we now have at Southeastern Medical Oncology Center! ‘I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.’ Phil. 4:13."

    ~  Angela Outlaw
  • I was 28 years old, a single mom, working full time, very healthy, worked out every day, excited about life and the path God was taking me on. And that day came, February 16, 2014. My world turned upside down. 'You have cancer.' I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked, thinking they made a mistake with the files, because I can’t have cancer. I’m too young. I have a son. I want to get married. I have dreams and goals. Shoot, it doesn’t even run in the family! I cried, yes. Then I remembered a dream God had given me 7 days prior, about a big storm. I just didn’t know I was going to have to fight cancer. So the doctor recommended me to a local oncologist here, Dr. Boyd. I remember thinking, 'No, I need the best doctor in the state. Greenville, Raleigh, somewhere. But just not Goldsboro!' After doing a lot of thinking about family and friends, I decided to stay here in Goldsboro, and honestly it was one of the best decisions ever! The moment I set foot in SMOC, I felt the love from the receptionist, lab, nurses and to the back in the chemotherapy room. They’re like my second family now, if anything. I miss them so dearly, and I know they miss me, too. But they know the less they see me the better. I overcame. I am a survivor. I passed the test! With God, my doctors and all the staff, I am so truly thankful. They could always put a smile on my face, even when I was hurting so much inside. They helped me in so many ways they’ll never know! You guys are one amazing team; I'm so, so thankful. I love you all. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"

    ~  Julie A. Hirschy
  • We simply cannot say enough great things about Dr. Smith and everyone at SMOC! Their professionalism and extremely caring and compassionate attitude make them seem like extended family. Thank heavens we do not have to leave town to receive exceptional medical care, since it's available at SMOC."

    ~  Daniel Wilhelm
  • My husband was diagnosed in the summer of 2013 with Stage 3 lung cancer. We talked with our primary care physician about obtaining treatment out of town. He advised us to seek treatment at SMOC. This, we did… and have never regretted our decision. Immediately upon meeting Dr. Boyd, we were impressed by his friendliness, professionalism, compassion and ability to put us at ease. Dr. Boyd has never been in a hurry during our office visits. He has discussed lab reports and treatment plans, and provided us the opportunity to voice our concerns and ask questions. In the fall of 2014, Dr. Boyd told us about a clinical trial that was available at SMOC. My husband elected to go on the trial. There has been significant reduction in the tumor since being on the trial. I feel that Dr. Boyd’s expertise has provided my husband a better quality of life and has no doubt extended his life. The entire staff at SMOC are truly compassionate people who do everything in their power to be of service to each patient."

    ~  Barbara Parks Worrell
  • When you hear those three words — 'You have cancer' — everything changes. I remember asking God, 'Why me?' and in the next breath I said, 'Why not me? I’m no better than anyone else.' From the moment I entered the SMOC doors, I was treated with the utmost courtesy and professionalism. The knowledgeable doctors and staff from the front office, lab department and especially the care staff in the chemotherapy department did not treat me — or make me feel — like a patient. I was treated like a person. I felt like part of a family. I cannot thank them enough. I highly recommend Dr. Chang and SMOC to all of my family, friends and anyone who will listen, because I know that there is no better oncology treatment facility."

    ~  Kimberly Kornegay
  • I would like for Wayne County citizens to know how great the staff and doctors are. I have never had people in the medical field show such respect and dignity to each patient as if they are the most important person in the world. They take note when someone is having a bad day, and they make the sunshine always shine. They are truly God’s angels on earth. We need more people like this to take care of the sick… and the well. It takes a special person to be able to do that job day after day. I cannot say or express enough the feeling of accomplishment every time I walk through those doors. They take something negative and turn it into a positive."

    ~  Brenda Johnson
  • If you are reading this, chances are you or someone you know has cancer. I can tell you this: SMOC saved my life! Dr. Chang, her staff and the other doctors at SMOC care! They don’t sugar-coat, nor do they exaggerate your condition. They are honest and straightforward. Kind? Yes. Sympathetic? Yes. Caring? Yes. The bottom line: they will do all they can, and exhaust all possibilities, to find a cure. Every day, I thank God for my life! And every day I thank God for the people at SMOC!

    ~  Tom Ferencz

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