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Oncology

Oncology refers to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Oncology treatments may include chemotherapy, radiation, medication or surgery. Oncologists can specialize in one of three fields of oncology: medical, radiation or surgery.

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Oncologists in Smyrna, Tennessee

We are here for you and your family throughout your entire cancer journey.

At TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, we know the impact a cancer diagnosis has on your life. Our oncologists help you access all the resources you need — advanced diagnostics, innovative treatments, ongoing physical therapy and support groups.

Have cancer questions?

We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated, confidential helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7.

We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated, confidential helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (615) 514-2401 or chat online at askSARAHnow.

Types of cancer we treat

Our oncologists offer comprehensive care to treat a wide range of cancers, including:

  • Bone cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal (colon) cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Metastatic cancer
  • Skin cancer

Cancer treatments and services we offer

We tailor our oncology services to your type and stage of cancer.

Cancer care

In addition to the newest minimally invasive procedures and innovative, research-based approaches, we offer the benefits of all major treatment methods. This includes:

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a drug that kills cancer cells. It can be given intravenously (through an IV inserted into a vein), but this treatment is also available as creams, pills or shots.

Chemotherapy may be used on its own to treat cancer. Your oncologist may also recommend a wider treatment plan that includes surgery or radiation therapy.

Minimally invasive cancer surgery

Our surgical suites offer patients the most advanced procedures available, including:

  • Laser surgery — surgery using light beams instead of traditional tools, such as scalpels
  • Microscopic surgery — surgery performed on very small structures
  • Video-guided surgery — use of ultrasound, magnetic resonance images (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) scans to guide surgery
Radiation therapy

Our hospital offers several forms of radiation therapy, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy. This treatment uses photon beams to precisely target cancer cells.

Physical therapy for lymphedema

Lymphedema is a condition in which fluid collects in tissues, causing swelling. It is a risk factor for patients undergoing any type of cancer treatment affecting the flow of lymph through the lymph nodes. To help manage these symptoms, you may work with physical therapists specially trained in lymphedema management.

Treatment and therapy for lymphedema may include:

  • Compression bandaging — wrapping with foam and short stretch bandaging to decrease swelling
  • Compression garments — special clothes to improve the flow of lymph fluid
  • Manual drainage — a gentle skin moving technique to increase lymphatic activity
  • Skincare — keeping the affected limb dry and taking extra care to avoid skin irritation
  • Therapeutic exercises — promotes muscle pumping and decreases swelling

Cancer support groups in Middle Tennessee

It may help you talk with someone who shares a similar cancer experience and learn how they dealt with their challenges. Our oncology team helps you connect with area cancer support groups.

Support for all your needs

As a patient of a TriStar Health hospital, you have access to a wide range of cancer support groups. These informal gatherings cover patients and survivors of all ages who meet in cities throughout the Greater Nashville area. We also help you connect to a support group with your specific type of cancer.


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