This week begins Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It’s America’s leading cause of cancer death and second most common cancer. Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas have among the highest incidence and death rates from lung cancer in the country, so treating this disease is of particular importance to us. Fortunately, we have technology, facilities and a dedicated team of cancer experts that our patients can rely on to deliver the care they need.
We have invested considerable resources into building our cancer program systemwide. Our cancer centers have everything from high-tech diagnostic equipment to advanced treatments for patients. Our academic affiliation with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center allows our patients and team to take part in groundbreaking research studies. And through our Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology team’s Incidental Lung Nodule Program, we’re diagnosing cancer earlier than ever in patients who may not even be exhibiting symptoms. All this gives our lung cancer patients hope that they can beat the odds and survive.
We may be far away from a lung cancer cure, but our experts are working toward this goal every day. I am so proud of the exceptional care we offer our patients, and I’m even more proud of the commitment our team has to eradicating this disease altogether.