Advanced cancer care to heal the whole person

Rees Skillern Cancer Institute

The Rees Skillern Cancer Institute at CHI Memorial is the leading provider of adult cancer services in the greater Chattanooga area. Our comprehensive program includes centers dedicated to specific types of cancer. A team of medical specialists gather to review and recommend the best treatment options to care for you, and our nurse navigators are available to assist you on every step of our cancer journey. 

Cancer Connect

When you or a loved one learn you have cancer, it’s a time often filled with anxiety and unknowns. CHI Memorial Cancer Connect is your comprehensive resource for any cancer related concern. Call (423) 495-2222 to reach someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more

Justin Wilkes, MD, board certified surgical oncologist with CHI Memorial Surgical Associates, shares information about CHI Memorial Cancer Connect.

Support Services


The Joe and Virginia Schmissrauter Center for Cancer Support offers guidance and a full range of holistic care.  The multidisciplinary staff includes oncology nurse navigators, clinical social workers, dietitians and spirtual care services. All services are free to cancer patients and their families, and no referral is needed. Learn more

Prehabilitation and Rehabilitation


Fighting cancer can take a physical toll on your body. CHI Memorial offers specialty care physical therapy services to help you prepare for treatment, manage side effects, and improve quality of life before, during and after cancer. Learn more

Team approach


At CHI Memorial's Rees Skillern Cancer Institute, you have a team of medical experts with specialized skills, expertise and experience working together to provide the care you need. In addition to your physicians, your care team may include nurses, technologists, educators, dietitians, therapists, social workers and others. From the chaplain who offers comfort and prayer to the physicist who pinpoints the exact dimensions of your tumor, we are all on your side.

  •  Cancer represents a set of complex and varied disease. The close collaboration of a team of cancer specialists at the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute gives you the benefit of a thorough evaluation and a unified plan of care based on our team’s combined experience, and clinical and research expertise.
  • Your individual diagnosis may require surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination. Your total treatment plan may include nutrition therapy, plastic surgery or physical pulmonary rehabilitation. You may want help finding financial assistance or a support group that understands what you’re going through. CHI Memorial’s holistic approach covers every need.
  •  Regularly scheduled tumor conferences bring together the expertise of pathologists, oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, urologists, family practice specialists and other medical professionals to discuss all aspects of CHI Memorial’s cancer cases.
  •  In each case, a patient’s medical history, current condition and treatment goals are thoroughly reviewed to determine the optimal treatment for your unique needs. It is teamwork at its best.

Annual statistical reporting

CHI Memorial strongly believes in sharing the latest treatment, patient demographic and outcome data with the communities we serve. Below you’ll find a link to our Cancer Institute’s Annual Report. We provide this data to remain transparent about our services and provide the highest quality of care to you.

View our 2021 Cancer Program Annual Report.

Accreditations

CHI Memorial has proudly served the Chattanooga, north Georgia and surrounding communities since 1952.  Our cancer program has consistently maintained accreditation with commendations from the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer: program designation, “Comprehensive Community Cancer Program.”  Learn more