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Top-quality cancer care services are available in Eastern Tennessee with Covenant Health

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Cancer Services at Covenant Health in Tennessee

If you or a loved one are facing a cancer diagnosis in Eastern Tennessee, it can be a confusing and overwhelming time. Thankfully, the best in comprehensive, cutting-edge cancer care services are well within reach at Tennessee’s Covenant Health network of top-quality medical facilities. 

Our team of caring, compassionate professionals are trained in the latest techniques and technology, and our facilities are equipped with the best equipment available to support you in your fight against cancer. 

Tennessee’s Covenant Health is home to more imaging centers, more board certified physicians and surgeons, and more cancer and radiation centers near you. 

We provide the most advanced cancer treatment available in our East Tennessee region, like Gamma Knife technology that targets tumors in a single treatment. 

We also proudly offer Tennesseans like you personalized cancer treatment programs, like clinical trials, genetic counseling, patient education, and dietary health

When you trust your cancer care in Tennessee to Covenant Health, you’ll also be supported throughout your journey by your personal nurse navigator and social worker support to guide you every step of the way.

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doctor views brain MRI with a patient next to him

Covenant Health and The Thompson Cancer Survival Center

Thompson Cancer Survival Center was born from the vision of B. Ray Thompson, a Tennessean who believed residents of our Tennessee area deserve world-class cancer care, right here in Knoxville, TN. 

Since 1989, Thompson Cancer Survival Center has provided hope and care to patients and their families fighting cancer, by being the first in our East Tennessee region to offer innovative cancer treatments and clinical trials.

Covenant Health Cancer Care Physicians and Locations

When you’re facing a cancer diagnosis in East Tennessee, you want the best physicians on your team. Most patients with cancer who trust their cancer care to Covenant Health will be treated by a team of oncologists (physicians who specialize in the treatment of cancer), who each play an important and unique role in your treatment. 

When you receive customized, comprehensive cancer care services through Covenant Health in Tennessee, your care team may include some or all of the following professionals—

  • Medical Oncologists—these skilled professionals diagnose and treat cancer, often with chemotherapy
  • Gynecological Oncologists—diagnose and treat reproductive organ cancers
  • Radiation Oncologists—treat a wide variety of cancers, using radiation technology
  • Surgical Oncologists—specialize in surgery to diagnose, stage, and treat cancer, and manage certain cancer-related symptoms

Thompson Oncology Group is Covenant Health’s oncology physician practice. All Thompson Oncology Group practices in Tennessee are accredited by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. This certification reflects our commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement. 

Learn more about Thompson Oncology Group.

Covenant Health has six cancer centers throughout our East Tennessee region. See our complete list of Tennessee cancer care locations and contact information.

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doctor views brain MRI with a patient next to him

Cancer Care Services Offered through Covenant Health Facilities in Tennessee

At Covenant Health, we’re proud to offer the people of East Tennessee easy access to the very best in comprehensive cancer care treatments and services. 

Cancer care services offered through Tennessee’s Covenant Health include—


Chemotherapy has been used for many years and remains one of the most common treatments for cancer. 

Learn more about what chemotherapy is, different types of chemotherapy medications, possible side effects, and our Covenant Health chemotherapy infusion locations in Tennessee. 

Our chemotherapy services are hospital-based and provided by different departments of Covenant Health hospitals, across east Tennessee. 

Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy uses technology to target tumors without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. 

Our Covenant Health radiation therapy services in Tennessee are hospital-based and provided by different departments of Covenant Health hospitals. 

View our radiation therapy locations and technology.

Gamma Knife technology

Gamma Knife is a non-invasive, stereotactic radiosurgery tool to treat head and neck cancers. It is an alternative to traditional surgery and is the newest technology to treat brain disease – including conditions previously considered inoperable. 

Covenant Health is one of only two centers in Tennessee to use Gamma Knife, and the only center east of Memphis with Gamma Knife technology. Learn more.

Breast Cancer Screenings

Covenant Health Breast Centers and Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center offer mammography and other services to diagnose breast cancer in Tennessee. 

Many of our centers offer services such as core biopsy and breast ultrasound. Some of our imaging centers also offer 3-D mammography services, which allow smaller cancers to be detected earlier, even in women with dense breast tissue. 

Find the closest Covenant Health Breast Center to you in Tennessee.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that help healthcare providers discover the next breakthrough cancer treatment. 

Each study tries to answer scientific questions and to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer. 

Thompson Cancer Survival Center in Tennessee conducts various trials for different cancers. 

Learn more about the clinical trials we are currently offering.

Genetics Counseling

Genetic counseling is a powerful tool in understanding your genetic risks for developing certain types of cancer. 

Thompson Cancer Survival Center’s genetic counseling department will perform an extensive review of your personal and family medical history, to determine your possibility of contracting certain types of cancer. 

To learn more, visit our genetics counseling page.

Treatment for Barrett’s Esophagus

The Center of Excellence for Barrett’s Esophagus at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, TN,  successfully treats patients with Barrett’s esophagus in Tennessee as well as throughout the country and abroad, every year. 

The Center also serves as a training center for other medical professionals, hoping to advance their knowledge and understanding of how to treat Barrett’s esophagus.  

Learn more about Barrett’s Esophagus and our treatment methods at Covenant Health in Tennessee.

Cancer Support Services through Covenant Health in Tennessee

Covenant Health is here to serve the comprehensive health and wellness needs of our East Tennessee communities. And that means offering you more than just top-quality medical care services. We’re also invested in supporting you and your loved ones, throughout your cancer care journey with us. 

We offer the following support services for those undergoing cancer care with us in Tennessee—

Patient Navigation Services

A patient navigator is a specially-trained nurse who walks with you every step of your cancer journey. 

Our oncology nurse navigators help you understand tests, procedures, and treatment options, and serve as a liaison between you and your doctor. 

Meet our Covenant Health patient navigators and learn more about our program.

Counseling Services

A cancer diagnosis takes a physical, financial, and emotional toll on you. This is why Thompson offers free counseling services to our patients during treatment. 

Learn more about our counseling services in Tennessee.

Lodging and Accommodations Assistance

To help ease the burden of patients and families traveling to the Knoxville area for long-term cancer treatment, Covenant Health offers two lodging options—the Fellowship Center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville and Methodist Medical Center’s Hospitality Houses in Oak Ridge.

doctor views brain MRI with a patient next to him
doctor views brain MRI with a patient next to him

Contact Covenant Health in Tennessee

For more information on our cancer care services, or to learn more about our oncologists, view physician profiles, and get contact information, call our physician referral line 865-541-4500, or visit our online physician directory. You can also make contact via our online contact form

Directions to Covenant Health Facilities in Tennessee

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Covenant Health is proud to be our Tennessee region’s top-performing healthcare network. To learn more about cancer care services, treatment, and resources near you, view our list of Covenant Health cancer and radiation treatment centers near you.

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