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Cancer Program Annual Report

2012 Cancer Program Annual Report

- based on 2011 data -
Approved by the Oncology Committee October 16, 2012

2012 was another year of growth at TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at TriStar Centennial Medical Center (CMC), where over 1,900 patients with cancer were diagnosed or treated with state-of-the-art facilities and services. The Cancer Center is home to the best and brightest healthcare professionals, dedicated to providing the finest in cancer care. Our staff includes physicians specialty-trained in surgical, radiation, gynecologic, and medical oncology. Working hand-in-hand with our diagnostic and interventional radiologists, pathologists, along with broad support from other medical specialties, our physicians are able to approach each patient individually to map out an optimal plan of care that is both comprehensive and individualized. Our exceptional healthcare professionals include nurses, oncology navigators, palliative care services, social workers and case managers, nutritionists and metabolic support specialists, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, a wound care team, respiratory therapists, and many others.

Breast health and the treatment of breast cancers received dedicated attention. The Women's Imaging Center completed the requirements for accreditation by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and continues to be the only facility in Middle Tennessee to offer breast tomosynthesis. Tomosynthesis adds a 3-D perspective to standard mammography that helps identify lesions invisible to other imaging methods. Expert staff further enhanced the breast program. TriStar Centennial now offers breast health navigation to follow patients from imaging and biopsy through surgery and therapy, and into survivorship. In addition, the Breast Health Navigator coordinates a treatment planning conference based at Centennial and shared through secure internet technology with each of the TriStar facilities in middle Tennessee. The conference brings together physicians expert in multiple disciplines to confer on the best possible course of treatment for breast cancer patients.

The site-specific multidisciplinary treatment planning approach also supports our lung cancer patients. In addition to reviewing current lung cancer cases, the Thoracic Oncology Treatment Planning Conference reviews results from the lung cancer screening program, another first in Middle Tennessee. In February of 2012, TriStar Centennial began offering lung cancer screening to members of our community at high risk of developing lung cancer. The screen uses low-dose CT technology to detect various lung cancers early, and improve survival.

Patients with complex GI and colon cancers now have the advantage of diagnostic evaluation by endoscopic ultrasound. In addition, a nurse navigator has been dedicated to help complex GI cancer patients and their families through their cancer journey.

The Cancer Center is home to the TriStar Sarah Cannon Center for Blood Cancers (SCCBC) for patients undergoing autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplantations. Our bone marrow program has become a premier program caring for patients from throughout the region and its success is helping to set the standards for HCA's national network of transplant centers.

This combination of first-rate facilities and services, together with outstanding people committed to helping others with cancer, has helped make TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at TriStar Centennial a premier place for cancer care in our community.

David R. Spigel, MD
Chair, Oncology Department
TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at TriStar Centennial
Thoracic Cancer Program Director
Sarah Cannon Research Institute