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TriStar Summit Medical Center

Cancer Care

Sarah Cannon, Redefining Cancer Care Across HCA

Together with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA, we offer integrated cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for those facing cancer in our community. Recognized as leaders in cancer care, our experts use the latest research and technology to provide you with the best treatment at the right time in your cancer journey.

The research arm of Sarah Cannon, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, was formed more than 20 years ago to ensure patients could access cutting-edge therapies closer to home. In partnering with leading pharmaceutical/biotech companies and investigators, Sarah Cannon treats approximately 2,500 patients each year on clinical trials across the U.S. & UK.

Across its global network, Sarah Cannon is providing state-of-the-art cancer care close to home for hundreds of thousands of patients, a number unmatched by any single cancer center. To learn more about Sarah Cannon, visit

Oncologists in Davidson County

This partnership gives you access to expert oncologists and compassionate staff with the latest technology and treatment options. You and your family can receive the highest quality of care through Sarah Cannon at TriStar Summit.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, there are so many important issues to consider and decisions to make. But above all, you want the best possible treatment for your unique condition. Choosing Sarah Cannon at TriStar Summit gives you access to the highest quality cancer care close to home in the communities surrounding Mt. Juliet and Hermitage.

Our Program Offers:

  • Quality care close to home
  • Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available to cancer patients
  • Access to cancer-related information, education, and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options


  • Clinical laboratory
  • Diagnostic imaging


  • Medical oncology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Surgical procedures

Other clinical

  • AJCC staging
  • Clinical research
  • Patient guidelines
  • Oncology nursing
  • Pain management



  • Counseling
  • Discharge planning
  • Hospice care
  • Nutritional support
  • Pastoral care
  • Patient and family support

Prevention & Early Detection

What is an Approved Cancer Program?

Only one in four hospitals that treat cancer receive this special approval. It recognizes the quality of comprehensive cancer care available at a facility and offers a commitment that you will have access to all of the various medical specialists who are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Approvals Program encourages hospitals, treatment centers, and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs. These programs are concerned with prevention, early diagnosis, pretreatment evaluation, staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, surveillance for recurrent disease, support services, and end-or-life care.

The availability of a full range of medical services along with a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care at approved cancer programs has resulted in approximately 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients being treated in CoC-approved cancer programs.

Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the CoC Cancer Program Standards promote consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary cooperation results in improved patient care.

Five elements are key to the success of a Commission-approved cancer program:

  • The clinical services provide state-or-the-art pretreatment evaluation, staging, treatment and clinical follow-up for cancer patients seen at the facility for primary, secondary, tertiary, or quarternary care.
  • The cancer committee leads the program through setting goals, monitoring activity, evaluating patient outcomes, and improving care.
  • The cancer conferences provide a forum for patient consultation and contribute to physician education.
  • The quality improvement program is the mechanism for evaluating and improving patient outcomes.
  • The cancer registry and database is the basis for monitoring the quality of care.

Every CoC-approved cancer program must provide a host of basic services. These services are provided on-site at the facility, by referral, or are coordinated with other facilities or local agencies.

Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancers. To meet the standards necessary for Commission approval, each cancer program, and the organization that controls it, must undergo a rigorous evaluation process and a review of its performance. In order to maintain approval, facilities with approved cancer programs must under an on-site review every three years.

Currently, there are approximately 1,500 Commission on Cancer approved cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals. In addition, there is a network of about 1,800 volunteer physician representatives who support cancer-control activities in their local communities.

So, as you begin thinking about treatment and ongoing care for your condition, you can be assured that you won't need to travel great distances from home, because the care you need is right in your own community. No one can guarantee the outcome of any type of treatment, but by coming to an approved cancer treatment program, you can be sure that you will receive the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and that full consultative services will be available from all medical disciplines involved in diagnosing and treating cancer. You can also be sure that your condition will be watched carefully through a lifelong program of follow-up care.