CHI Memorial is pleased to announce it has received the Melanoma Hope Network Center of Excellence designation, one of only 17 centers in the country, and the only one in Tennessee. This designation recognizes melanoma treatment centers and physicians that offer exceptional care, knowledge and compassion to patients diagnosed with advanced melanoma.
“The foundation of the melanoma program at CHI Memorial is National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) evidence-based guidelines and interventions – all designed to prevent, treat, and cure melanoma and other skin cancers. We are dedicated to working together to provide outreach, education, and screening while connecting patients with the appropriate supportive and medical services they need,” says Terri Henderson, RN, BSN, OCN, oncology nurse navigator and program coordinator for the Elizabeth R. Smith Melanoma Program. “Our vision is simple – to get the word out and change the conversation around melanoma – and to become an outstanding regional referral program for the comprehensive management of melanoma and skin cancers.”
American Cancer Society (ACS) statistics show more than 90,000 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2018, and nearly 9,000 will die from the disease. Skin cancer is by far the most common of all cancers, and the rates of melanoma have been on the rise in the last 30 years. If caught early, the chances of survival are excellent. Once it has spread, the survival rates drop dramatically.
To learn more about the Elizabeth R. Smith Melanoma Program at CHI Memorial, call (423) 495-7778, or visit memorial.org/melanoma. For more information about the Melanoma Hope Network, visit melanomahopenetwork.org.