Rees Skillern Cancer Institute

Rees Skillern Cancer Institute

advanced cancer care to heal the whole person

NCI Community Oncology Research Program The Rees Skillern Cancer Institute at CHI Memorial is the leading provider of cancer services in the Chattanooga area. We offer personalized treatment in a healing atmosphere that gets you back to the life you love. Our comprehensive program includes seven centers of excellence, each dedicated to a specific type of cancer and supported by interdisciplinary tumor boards, clinical trials and advanced technologies, such as the da Vinci® Surgical System for robotic-assisted minimally invasive treatment of prostate, gynecologic, head and neck, colorectal, lung and other cancers.

Advanced Radiation Oncology

At CHI Memorial, we have the most up to date cancer treatment machines in the industry. We have the True Beam STX, Novalis TX, and the Siemen’s primus linear accelerators. These machines use radiation to treat the patient’s tumor. The True Beam machine is the most advanced and performs many forms of radiotherapy. These include intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and image guided radiotherapy (IGRT). IMRT is a treatment technique where doctors are able to customize your radiation dose by varying (or modulating) the amount of radiation that is sent to different parts of your tumor. IGRT uses advanced imaging so doctors and clinicians can visualize your tumor. This allows them to verify the exact position of the tumor and treat it precisely each day. 

High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy 

Rees Skillern Cancer Center offers one of the latest cancer fighting techniques available. For women with a diagnosis of certain types of breast or gynecological cancer, high dose radiation brachytherapy delivers precise and highly concentrated doses of radiation directly to the tumor. This treatment reduces radiation exposure and side effects. High dose radiation brachytherapy is delivered in minutes a day and typically is complete in just five days.

The Joe and Virginia Schmissrauter Centers for Cancer Support

CHI Memorial's Centers for Cancer Support offer a variety of support services, educational classes and support groups for patients and families. The multidisciplinary staff includes oncology nurse navigators, clinical social workers and dietitians and a chaplain.

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