The Lawson Cancer Center

Delivers Advanced Cancer Care Close to Home


The future of cancer care isn’t tomorrow. At Pikeville Medical Center’s Lawson Cancer Center, we have the expertise and leading-edge technology to fight it today. With capabilities to provide full-service cancer treatment and follow-up care, the Lawson Cancer Center is one of a select few cancer centers in Kentucky to hold accreditation from the Commission on Cancer with commendations.



Staffed by expert oncologists, surgical specialists, nurses, pharmacists, patient navigators and many other highly trained healthcare professionals, the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center makes it convenient for patients across Eastern Kentucky to receive advanced cancer care close to home. Click on the links provided below to learn about our physicians, services and treatment capabilities.

Watch the video above to learn more about the biggest win of Robert’s life.

Radiation Oncology Spotlight

The Lawson Cancer Center at Pikeville Medical Center is using innovative technology to treat patients whose treatment plans call for radiation therapy. PMC has installed two state-of-the-art TrueBeam Linear Accelerators from Varian Medical Systems, which allows radiation oncologists at the Lawson Cancer Center to deliver radiation treatments more accurately than ever before.


The TrueBeam Linear Accelerator allows PMC’s radiation oncologists to target and treat very precise areas of the body. During a treatment, the radiation beam is continually shaped and reshaped according to the size, shape and position of the tumor, resulting in the protection of healthy, surrounding tissue.


PMC Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Ruth Lavigne, was interviewed by WSAZ’s Susan Nicholas and discussed skin cancer prevention tips, skin cancer types and treatments, as well as the addition of a second, new linear accelerator.


Click here to learn more about PMC’s Radiation Oncology providers.

Lawson Cancer Center, 10th Floor
(Some services provided on 11 and 1 May Tower West)
911 Bypass Road, Building A
Pikeville, KY 41501

Latest News and Events

  • Outreach Programs Help Patient Learn to  Live with Cancer

    Outreach Programs Help Patient Learn to Live with Cancer

    Donna Harris, 52 of Pikeville, was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer in early December of 2018. It would take some time for her to learn how to live with it She had been noticing for months that she was having an upset stomach, nausea and extreme fatigue. She visited her long-time physician, PMC Primary

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  • PMC’s New Technology Detects Breast Cancer Earlier and Provides Less Invasive Biopsies

    PMC’s New Technology Detects Breast Cancer Earlier and Provides Less Invasive Biopsies

    Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) advances breast cancer detection with the addition of new state-of-the-art equipment. The use of the Hologic 3 Dimensions Mammography, BK Flex Focus 400 In-office Breast Biopsy and Hologic Stereotactic Biopsy focuses on two specific areas of breast care, the detection of abnormalities at microscopic levels and less invasive biopsies. “The growing

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  • PMC Receives Accreditation for Cancer Program

    PMC Receives Accreditation for Cancer Program

    Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) was recently awarded the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  PMC is part of an elite group of health care facilities, which includes 24 U.S accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for cancer surveys performed Jan. 1 –

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  • PMC Able to Target Radiation Directly to Surface of Skin Cancer

    PMC Able to Target Radiation Directly to Surface of Skin Cancer

    Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) today announced it has adopted the Xoft® Axxent® Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx®) System®, an advanced technology able to deliver a targeted dose of radiation directly to the surface of nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) lesions. The Xoft System is FDA cleared for the treatment of cancer anywhere in the body, including early-stage breast

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