Cancer Care at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
When the diagnosis is cancer, you want everything to be just right: the right team of experts around you, providing you with the right diagnosis, the right treatment, at the right time.
At the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, our expert teams provide all that and more. You are never alone in your journey.
We combine advanced research, technology and techniques with personalized, compassionate care. Our growing number of locations may mean that expert care is closer than you think.
And as part of a large comprehensive medical center, we work closely with others not only to treat your cancer effectively but take care of all your healthcare needs as one team.
Cancer Types We Treat
We treat patients with all types of cancer, including rare, complex and advanced cancers that require deep expertise. Learn more:
Why Choose Cancer Care at Vanderbilt
- Recognized cancer care
The National Cancer Institute designates us as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest ranking by the world’s leading authority on cancer. Vanderbilt is the only such designated cancer center in the state of Tennessee that treats adults and children.
- Knowledge and experience
Our specialists have dedicated their careers to treating patients with your specific cancer, so we offer effective care that is appropriate to your needs. Often, patients seek us for a second opinion on their diagnosis or treatment plans.
- Team approach
You don’t just have one doctor here – you have a team that works together. Cancer care requires the expertise of specialists in many disciplines, from surgeons and pathologists to medical and radiation oncologists. Here, you’ll receive personalized treatment recommendations from all areas, including radiation therapy, cancer medicines, surgery and even clinical trials.
- Specialized tumor boards
At our regular cancer care meetings, experts in your specific type of cancer from across medical disciplines work together to create a treatment plan for the most complex cases. This means expert, comprehensive care just for you.
- Patient-centered care
We treat you, not just your cancer. Our team considers you as a whole person when planning your treatment, considering your health and personal preferences. We don’t rush you into making a decision. We take time to answer questions or discuss a concern. We want to make sure you feel comfortable, informed and confident in your care. We even have a survivorship program that provides care for patients after their treatment has ended.
The next generation of cancer care is happening right here at Vanderbilt-Ingram, including clinical trials, diagnosis with pinpoint accuracy, treatments based on changes in tumor DNA and targeted, precise treatment technology. We are at the forefront of advances in personalized cancer treatment: My Cancer Genome, an international resource started here at Vanderbilt-Ingram, helps doctors match specific genetic tumor mutations to available treatments.
- Cancer clinical trials
As a leading cancer research center, we offer the latest approaches being studied in clinical trials. When you take part in a cancer clinical trial, you have the chance to help improve treatment for others, while also receiving expert care from our experienced doctors and research nurses. Find a clinical trial at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
- Support services
We offer ongoing support services to ensure that you find the support you need to feel better, physically and emotionally. In many of our specialized programs, our patient navigators can help you obtain medical records, schedule appointments, address questions or concerns and assist with lodging. We can also connect you to support services, support groups and other community resources.
Anne Wolfe's path to treatment at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
From the minute you walk through our doors, we are focused on one thing: Providing the right care for you. We are with you every step of the way—from regular cancer screenings and prevention to planning for your life after treatment ends.
- NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) designates us as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest ranking by the world’s leading authority on cancer. We are the only one in Tennessee that conducts research and cares for adults and children with cancer.
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network
We are a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a non-profit alliance of 32 of the world's leading cancer centers who have come together to improve care for cancer patients everywhere.
- NCI National Clinical Trials Network
We are a Lead Academic Participating Site within the National Cancer Institute's National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). The NCTN is the world's largest oncology clinical trials network, coordinating and supporting cancer clinical trials across the United States and internationally.
Patient and Family-Centered Care
Our Patient and Family-Centered Care programs help cancer patients and caregivers make informed decisions about their cancer care – and provide opportunities to get involved in research and advocacy. Located within The Vanderbilt Clinic (1st Floor, Henry-Joyce Clinic), our trained staff offers one-on-one help, free brochures, pamphlets and access to online information. We also help patients and families access local and national resources including lodging assistance, financial or legal help, support services and social workers.
Our current programs include the Patient and Family Resource Center, Patient Advocacy Program, Young Adults With Cancer Initiative, Patient and Family Resource Center, E-Advisory Council, Research Advocacy and Volunteering.