Brain and spine cancer care in Nashville
What is your cancer center known for?
Your doctor and care team get to know you well, and you’ll receive care for the whole person – your physical and mental health. We also provide compassionate, personalized support for your family and caregivers. At Ascension Saint Thomas, we provide innovative medication treatments, the latest surgical technologies and techniques, high-tech radiation facilities and support services. Our brain cancer specialists are part of a national team of cancer specialists sharing the latest in cancer care knowledge and research.
What tests are used to diagnose brain cancer?
Your care team focuses on identifying if the tumor is non-invasive or invasive and to determine where the tumor began and whether or not the cancer has spread. Diagnostic blood testing, imaging and endovascular procedures can help your doctor diagnose your condition and stage even the most rare cancers. And we use advanced molecular and genetic studies to recognize brain cancer subtypes to create a care plan for your type of cancer.
Who is on my cancer care team?
Hearing the word cancer comes with a lot of thoughts and emotions, and we’re ready to support you. You'll meet with your doctor to discuss your diagnosis and your care options.Your care team may include a:
- Medical oncologist
- Brain and spine nurse navigator
- Oncology-dedicated dietitian and social worker
- Palliative care specialist
- Physiatrist (for neurorehabilitation)
- Radiation oncologist
Who should I contact when I have questions?
At Ascension Saint Thomas, you get an entire team dedicated to your care. You may have a lot of concerns and questions. Your doctor and care team are ready to listen and answer your questions. Working together, we offer services that help support your treatment plan, including managing headaches, vision changes, problems with balance, medications, appetite changes, sleeplessness, fatigue and mood changes. Your care team stays connected throughout your care to discuss your treatment and progress.
Is financial assistance and support available?
We can connect you with resources and programs that may be able to help you and your family with options for financial assistance. Our financial counseling team is here to listen to your concerns and work with you to help find options that meet your needs. Your cancer care navigator can connect you to a financial counselor.
Where do I park?
At our cancer center and clinics, we offer convenient parking, by a valet if needed. Talk to your care navigator if you have transportation needs.
My doctor told me about an enhanced recovery program, what is that?
Surgical oncologists and anesthesiologists provide enhanced recovery pathways as part of your surgical care plan. They are an important part of our cancer treatment programs. Each pathway is personalized for different types of cancer treatment, to help speed up your recovery after surgery. Your care team uses these protocols to help you prepare for what to expect before, during and after surgery.