Office of Patient and Community Education (OPACE)
Cancer patient education, advocacy, community outreach, and cancer wellness activities are planned and implemented through Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center's Office of Patient and Community Education (OPACE). The goal of OPACE is to empower health care consumers to make informed decisions along the cancer care continuum through advocacy, education, and outreach initiatives.
Cancer Patient Education and Resources
The cancer patient education program provides educational resources to assist patients and caregivers in making informed decisions about their cancer care.
The Patient Resource Center is a one-stop information resource for cancer-related issues for anyone that has been touched by cancer. It includes free brochures, pamphlets and access to web-based information, as well as a staff member to assist you.
In addition, each newly diagnosed cancer patient treated at Vanderbilt-Ingram receives an educational notebook tailored to inform patients about cancer care, resources and support.
For more information about patient education initiatives or to obtain information/resources, please call 615-322-9799.
The Patient Advocacy Program provides opportunities for cancer survivors and caregivers to become engaged across the cancer care setting. Through a variety of volunteer roles, advocates contribute their unique experiences, perspectives and skills to programs, committees, and events at VICC and in the community.
Cancer Survivors and caregivers provide a unique perspective and play an important role in helping researchers bring the best science to those affected by cancer. The Cancer Center's Research Advocacy program provides opportunities for advocates to participate and contribute to the research process and outcomes for future patients.
- Advocacy for the SPORE in Breast Cancer
- Advocacy for the SPORE in GI Cancer
- Advocacy for the SPORE in Lung Cancer
The Hope Connection
The Hope Connection connects patients and their families with trained volunteers who have personally experienced the challenges and complex issues of a cancer diagnosis. Volunteers are available to listen, talk, and offer support at any time before, during, and after cancer treatment. Learn more about Hope Connection.
To ensure the views and needs of cancer patients are represented, Vanderbilt-Ingram offers opportunities for advocates to serve as members of committees, councils, initiatives, etc. that work to improve the experiences of those facing a cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
For more information about patient advocacy opportunities, please call 615-936-1072.
OPACE plans, implements and evaluates numerous community education programs each year. In an effort to share expertise and leverage resources, programs are planned in partnership with community, state and national cancer-related organizations. Programming is focused on the burden of cancer that affects specific population groups throughout Tennessee.
Some of those programs include:
- Cancer screenings
- Health fairs
- Cancer education/awareness programs
- Survivorship programs
We are also proud to have Cancer Queens! A Cancer Prevention Musical Revue, which is a 45 minute, live show featuring skits, songs and dance routines set to popular music with new educational lyrics that are consistent with the educational messages of the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute. It is presented as a community education outreach program by VICC-OPACE. The cancer prevention, cancer risk reduction and early screening and detection messages presented in Cancer Queens! are based on the public health education initiatives of:
- National Cancer Institute
- American Cancer Society
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- • Tennessee Cancer Control Coalition
Learn more about the Cancer Queens' website as well as request a performance.
Targeting Cancer in Men
Targeting Cancer in Men is a program of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Men's Cancer Health Initiative. It is a 45-minute engaging, educational presentation that covers information about reducing cancer in men. Facilitated by Vanderbilt-Ingram experts, the program's goal is to raise awareness among Tennesseans about health screenings and lifestyle choices. Knowing about these may help men avoid either developing or dying from:
- Colon cancer
- Lung cancer
- Oral cancer
- Prostate cancers
According to the National Cancer Institute, a third of all cancers are preventable. The sessions may be tailored to align with other health-related programs or they can stand alone. Both men and women are encouraged to participate in the sessions. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-936-2299.
Vanderbilt Cancer Wellness Program
Vanderbilt's Cancer Wellness Program promotes health and well-being for people affected by cancer. We offer personalized services in
- Integrative oncology (acupuncture, nutrition coaching, massage therapy, etc.)
- Cancer rehabilitation services (lymphedema therapy, stem cell transplant therapy, etc.)
- Cancer genetics
- Cancer wellness (Fitness consultation, tobacco cessation, gentle movement classes, etc.)
Many of these services are offered to those who are on therapy as well as those who have finished treatment. You can also participate in this program if you received your treatment somewhere other than Vanderbilt. Learn more about the Vanderbilt Cancer Wellness Program.