Lung cancer diagnosis and treatment in Nashville, Tennessee

TriStar Centennial Medical Center partners with Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute to provide complete lung cancer care. You will work with pulmonologists—physicians specializing in respiratory health—and oncologists to diagnose and treat cancer as soon as possible. We will also connect you with dedicated nurse navigators. These professionals provide support throughout the entire treatment process.

To learn more about our lung cancer services, please call askSARAH at (615) 514-2401.

Lung cancer screening

We offer advanced imaging services for patients at risk of lung cancer. Many tests are noninvasive, painless and only take a few minutes to complete. Some of the ways we improve lung cancer screening for our patients include:

  • We participate in the Radiation Right® initiative. This program aims to minimize radiation use and further safeguard patient health.
  • We perform minimally invasive biopsies, including some options for robotic surgery. This advanced-technology procedure allows us to collect a tissue sample using the smallest incision possible.
  • We use robotic endoscopic technology. This enables oncologists to view the lungs and perform a biopsy earlier and with more accurate results than other methods.

Routine computed tomography (CT) scans

We offer CT lung cancer screenings for people at risk of lung cancer. These scans can help detect cancer in current and former smokers as well as other high-risk individuals.

Regular lung screenings increase our chances of detecting cancer at a treatable stage. The American Cancer Society recommends routine scans for people who:

  • Are between 55 and 77 years old
  • Are not showing symptoms of lung cancer, which includes fever, chest pain, new shortness of breath, new or changing cough, coughing up blood and unexplained, significant weight loss
  • Have at least a 30-pack-per-year smoking history and are either still smoking or have quit smoking within the last 15 years

Lung cancer treatment

Our oncologists work with a team of lung surgeons, pulmonologists and nurse navigators to develop a treatment plan. The best approach for your care may incorporate one or more of these methods:

  • Chemotherapy (using cancer-fighting drugs to slow or stop the growth of malignant cells)
  • Radiation therapy (using radiation to eliminate cancer cells)
  • Surgery (removing a tumor and/or partly or completely removing an organ to prevent the spread of cancer)

Smoking cessation

We offer support and resources for cancer patients, including smoking cessation classes for people who need help living a tobacco-free life. Quarterly classes focus on:

  • Building motivation by weighing the pros and cons of smoking
  • Discovering personal and health-related reasons to quit
  • Studying the complexity of the smoking habit
  • Forming a plan for quitting based on observed patterns
  • Learning about approaches for dealing with urges to smoke
  • Exploring long-term strategies to stay smoke-free

We use the three-link chain of addiction model to help people quit smoking. Through this approach, we address the physical, mental, and social aspects of addiction.

Register for a smoking cessation classes

Registration for smoking cessation classes opens 30 days before the class start date. A $50 nonrefundable registration fee is required to register.

To register or for more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662. You can also register for a smoking cessation class online.

Attend a smoking cessation class

Smoking cessation classes take place at the TriStar Centennial Sports Medicine Wellness Gym located at:

2410 Patterson St., Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37203

Free parking is available in front of the building.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute

As part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally trusted care with the support of a globally recognized network.

askSARAH helpline

Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially trained nurses are available 24/7, and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (615) 514-2401 or chat online at askSARAHnow.

Lung cancer at TriStar Health

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women. Beginning as a growth of abnormal cells, the cancer grows to form a tumor, interfering with lung function. Lung cancer is treated through surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Those who smoke cigarettes have an increased risk for lung cancer.

Learn about Lung cancer