Accurate and timely diagnosis is one of the first critical steps to fighting and beating cancer. That is why the Wellmont Cancer Institute uses advanced and extensive diagnostic tools to help determine types and locations of cancers and the most effective ways to treat them using many of the most innovative strategies available. Leveraging the strength of the cancer institute's combined resources, patients have access to the very latest technologies for the best possible outcomes.
Brachytherapy is a treatment option for some prostate, lung, cervical, head and neck cancers. During the procedure, tiny radioactive seeds are implanted directly into tumors and deliver a highly concentrated dose of radiation to the cancerous area. Surrounding healthy tissues are spared radiation exposure.
The Wellmont Cancer Institute offers Northeast Tennessee's only breast centers fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Certified quality, compassionate caregivers and exceptional access to breast care services make Wellmont the choice of women throughout the Tri-Cities region.
The Wellmont Cancer Institute's genetic counseling services and high-risk clinic are essential components of its commitment to cancer prevention. These services help evaluate and take steps to minimize risk factors for developing various types of cancer.
Image-guided radiation therapy – or IGRT – combines traditional radiation treatment with a simultaneous CT scan to allow physicians greater precision and accuracy when targeting and treating cancerous tumors.
Traditionally, three-dimensional CT scans of a patient’s body are created prior to radiation treatments, and these same scans are used during the course of that patient’s therapy. But administering precise radiation doses can be difficult because tumors can constantly move within the body and may be in a slightly different position during each treatment.
IGRT addresses those changes by providing physicians with a CT image of the target tumor just prior to each radiation treatment. IGRT allows physicians to adjust as needed to accurately destroy the cancerous tumor, not the surrounding healthy tissue.
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy – or IMRT – is one of the most innovative tools currently available for use by radiation oncologists. IMRT allows physicians to “sculpt” radiation to the contours of a tumor, avoiding the surrounding healthy tissue. The enhanced precision and accuracy of this state-of-the-art treatment means fewer side effects and higher cure rates.
Interventional radiology utilizes X-rays and other sophisticated imaging technologies to help physicians diagnose and treat many forms of cancer.
The Wellmont Cancer Institute's board-certified oncologists and hematologists and nationally certified oncology nurses take a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to medical oncology and infusion therapy. Under the direction of these cancer experts and other specialists, an individual treatment plan is developed to best meet the chemotherapy needs of each patient. Infusion therapy and medical oncology treatments are performed using some of the latest technologies in one of several state-of-the-art infusion suites.
Navigational bronchoscopy enables a physician to examine major air passages in the lungs through a thin lighted tube called a bronchoscope. Small tissue samples may also be collected to help diagnose lung disease or lung cancer.
Palliative care and advanced illness professionals are specially trained to help offer management of pain or discomfort and improve quality of life for patients with progressive chronic or serious illness. The Wellmont Cancer Institute's philosophy of palliative care involves a well-rounded approach, including assessment of and support for emotional, social and spiritual needs.
At some point during the fight against cancer, more than half of all patients benefit from radiation therapy, such as that provided by our Trilogy linear accelerator. While certain cancers involve the use of radiation therapy alone, others may be treated using multiple types of therapy. Most often, more than one type of treatment may be used, including a combination of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. Each course of therapy is carefully designed by a team of physicians and caregivers to meet a patient's individual needs.
Physicians at the Wellmont Cancer Institute utilize two of the best state-of-the-art robotic tools available for cancer care in the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia – the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System and the da Vinci® Surgical System. In the skilled hands of Wellmont Cancer Institute physicians, these tools provide a powerful way to help fight cancer and win.
To learn about the cancer-related needs of our community – and how the Wellmont Cancer Institute is working to address them – read our latest Community Needs Assessment.
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