Cancer Specialties

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you are probably scared, filled with questions and wondering about next steps. We are here for you with answers. Our experts in cancer treatment and recovery offer personalized support, getting you the most precise diagnosis, determining your treatment plan, and supporting your physical and emotional needs during treatment and survivorship.

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center leads the Southeast region in cancer treatment and research. The National Cancer Institute designates us as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest ranking by the world's leading authority on cancer. We also are the only cancer center in Tennessee considered a top-performing program in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Families choose our center because they know they will receive the care, support and hope they need.

Cancer Care: Why Choose Vanderbilt-Ingram

At Vanderbilt-Ingram, you receive the highest level of care from our team of experienced, compassionate experts. You will find:

  • A major cancer center that’s focused on you: We are cancer experts who care for you as a person, not a condition. You have all the benefits of a renowned research facility, including access to the latest in innovative clinical trials. At the same time, our team delivers care that is focused on you, with sensitivity and compassion. 
  • National cancer expertise: Our doctors are at the forefront of cancer treatments, including innovative immunotherapy techniques and surgical procedures. Often, patients seek us for a second opinion on their diagnosis or treatment plan. An expert second opinion can provide clarity so you can decide on the treatment option that’s best for you. 
  • Collaborative care: Working together enables us to provide you with better care. Our experts consult, share ideas and strategize with each other to tailor a treatment plan that considers your specific needs, preferences and lifestyle. At our regular tumor boards (cancer care meetings), our cancer experts discuss complex cases individually. Together, some of the nation’s leading cancer experts across medical disciplines collaborate on choosing a treatment plan.
  • Groundbreaking research: We emphasize innovative research and clinical trials. As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region and the only one in Tennessee for adults as well as pediatric patients, we offer our patients access to the latest research-based treatments and clinical trials.
  • Precision medicine: Vanderbilt is leading the discovery of how to use the genetic makeup (DNA) of an individual’s tumor to tailor their cancer treatment. As part of our commitment to advancing cancer treatment and research for everyone, we offer My Cancer Genome, an online tool to share our knowledge with other providers and patients.
  • Convenient services: You can find all the cancer specialists you need at our center. You won’t have to travel outside Vanderbilt to get the care you need. We also offer some cancer services, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, in multiple locations, so you can find care that’s closer to home.

Types of Cancers We Treat

At Vanderbilt, we treat patients with all types of cancer, including rare, complex and advanced cancers that require deep expertise. We treat:

  • Blood cancers: Leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma are examples of blood cancers. They affect the blood cells and the tissues where they originate. Find out more about blood cancers.
  • Bone cancers and sarcomas: These cancers affect the bones and corresponding tissues. Read more about bone cancers and sarcomas. 
  • Brain tumors: Brain cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in or near the brain. We treat the full spectrum of brain tumors, including noncancerous (benign) tumors, cancerous (malignant) tumors and those that began elsewhere and spread to the brain (metastatic cancer). 
  • Breast cancer: We offer the latest treatments for breast cancer, including personalized medicine that tests the DNA of the tumor to find an effective treatment. 
  • Childhood cancers: The types of cancers that develop in children are often different from the types that develop in adults. The Vanderbilt Childhood Cancer program is dedicated to providing the most promising therapies and advancing research in all types of childhood cancers. 
  • Endocrine tumors: Cells that produce the body’s hormones are part of the endocrine system. Endocrine, or neuroendocrine tumors, can develop in almost any organ.
  • Gastrointestinal cancers: Among the most common forms of cancer, these are cancers that affect the digestive system. 
  • Gynecologic cancers: These are cancers that affect a woman’s reproductive system including the uterus, cervix, vagina, ovaries and vulva. 
  • Head and neck cancers: These cancers start in the tissues and organs of the head and neck. Your treatment will depend on your type, location and stage of cancer.
  • Lung cancers: We offer the full range of treatment, including intricate surgery, to address the abnormal growth of cells in the lungs. 
  • Pancreas cancer: This cancer begins in the tissues of the pancreas, an organ located behind the lower part of the stomach. Treatment depends on the stage and location of your cancer.
  • Prostate cancer: Prostate cancer begins in the prostate, a male reproductive organ. We treat all types of prostate cancer, from slow growing to aggressive. We perform intricate robotic surgery and other treatment options that offer a lower risk of impotence and incontinence.
  • Skin cancers: The most common of all cancers, skin cancers are most often found in areas exposed to the sun. Some skin cancers, such as basal cell and squamous cell, are simpler to treat. Others, like melanoma, are complex and require the expertise of a designated cancer center. 
  • Spine and nervous system cancer: This cancer affects the spine and tissue surrounding it. Sometimes, cancer that begins in other parts of the body spreads to the spine. 
  • Testicular cancers: The testes are male reproductive organs where tumors can grow. When found early, these cancers are very responsive to treatment.
  • Urological cancers: These include common cancers that affect the bladder and kidney, as well as the prostate and testes in men. 

Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Our Approach

Often, the symptoms of cancer mimic other, less serious conditions. It’s important to come to a dedicated cancer center for assessment and care, where specialists have experience diagnosing cancer and ruling out other conditions.

The right diagnosis is important for creating the right treatment plan for you. At Vanderbilt-Ingram, our experts use the latest technology and research to provide you with a precise diagnosis. We can even use the genetic changes in the tumor itself to determine the right diagnostic tests and treatment. Learn more about cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Vanderbilt-Ingram offers a large scope of educational and support services for you during diagnosis and treatment:

Clinical Trials at Vanderbilt-Ingram

As an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Vanderbilt-Ingram offers a robust program of clinical trials. Clinical trials test promising approaches that are not yet available in community-based hospitals or oncology practices.

For some patients, participating in a clinical trial is an important way to access new approaches to care. Learn more about clinical trials.