Why Choose Us
When you are faced with a cancer diagnosis, what you do first can make a big difference. Getting the right diagnosis, choosing the right treatment options, working with the right team for you and your family – all are critical steps. A cancer diagnosis is serious and frightening, but with rare exception, you have time to explore your options. Today, more people are cancer survivors than ever before, and many more are living meaningful lives in spite of their disease.
Here are some things to remember:
There is no such thing as a “generic cancer.” Each cancer is different and each patient is unique. That’s why we have put together a comprehensive team of cancer specialists who bring their skills and experience to your case – so you can get the best possible diagnosis and treatment plan for you.
We don’t compete with the leading cancer centers; we get referrals from them. Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is proud to be among only 40 in the United States that are designated as Comprehensive Cancer Centers by the National Cancer Institute, the world’s foremost authority on cancer. We are the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tennessee that treats all cancer types and patients of all ages.
Since 2007, Vanderbilt-Ingram has also been a member of National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). This network of the world’s leading cancer centers have joined together to develop the guidelines for care that other oncologists follow and to improve the effectiveness and quality of care for patients everywhere.
Centers in these elite groups consult with each other and, when a patient’s case suggests it, refer to one another. After all, cancer is the competition.
The NCI puts its money where its hope is. A part of the National Institutes of Health, the NCI invests in those scientists and those centers from where it believes the cures for cancer will come. Our research team is among the top 10 in the country in competitive funding from the NCI to support our work.
Receiving your care at a center that focuses on laboratory research as well as clinical care may offer benefits that might not have occurred to you.
Cancer patients often don’t just have cancer. They may have other health problems like hypertension, diabetes, arthritis or other ailments. And cancer and its treatments may create other concerns. As part of a comprehensive academic medical center, we offer a full range of specialties and health professionals. Our teams are connected not only by physical space and a strong culture of collaboration, but through one of the nation’s most advanced electronic medical record systems, including “My Health At Vanderbilt,” an online patient portal that allows you to message your doctor, review your tests and lab results, and pay your bills.
Above all, we’re here to help you make our best, most informed decision. Please visit our Making Cancer Choices section for guidance and resources.
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