Cancer information

Patient Guide; Heart Lung and Esophageal Surgery

The Patient Guide to Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Surgery

Created by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, this site offers information about lung and heart diseases, surgeries, and what to expect pre- and post-op.

Sarah Cannon Cancer Center

Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, offers integrated cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for those facing cancer. Sarah Cannon’s cancer programs include individualized patient navigation provided by oncology-trained nurses, hundreds of clinical trials, and molecular profiling capabilities. Through its services, 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.               

Sarah Cannon Lung Cancer Resources

Sarah Cannon Esophageal Cancer Resources

Clinical Trial Information

Other cancer resources

General patient resources 

Heimerdinger Foundation

Dedicated to raising awareness in our community about healthy lifestyles and nourishing meal preparation. We strive to be a resource for those undergoing cancer treatments by providing guidance, support, and delicious organic meals. To educate the Nashville community about proper nutrition, healthy meal options, and provide nutrient-rich meals to patients fighting cancer during a time when eating right can make all the difference. Phone: (615) 730-5632

Cleaning For a Reason

Free housekeeping assistance for women undergoing cancer treatment. Phone: (877) 337-3348

Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency

Description: Provides mediation management, general household tasks, errands/bill paying, grocery shopping, etc. *note — there may be a waiting list. Phone: (615) 850-3922

Multi-County Cancer Network

The Multi-County Cancer Support Network (MCCSN) is a non-profit organization designed to provide emotional and educational support to cancer patients. MCCXN also provides financial support to qualifying cancer patient while undergoing treatment. Phone: (931) 967-0904 

Music Health Alliance 

Services are available to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years to assist with health insurance, health resources and guidance. Phone: (615) 200-6896      

National Family Caregivers Association

Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. Phone: (800) 896-3650

TennCare Choices Program

Home care services for Tenncare patients. Offers services to help those age 65 and those 21 and over with a disability the services they need to stay in their homes. Patients need to contact the number on Tenncare care to start application. A representative will call them for a phone interview and then an in-home assessment before they are approved. Phone: (866) 840-4991

Tennessee Respite Coalition

Respite care for caregivers who are caring for someone with special needs.

Financial assistance

Sarah Cannon

As part of our mission, the Sarah Cannon Fund has been established to support people living with cancer through a variety of community-based programs and resources. Since 2012, the Fund has supported our collective goal to help those affected by cancer navigate the journey from diagnosis through survivorship.

Centennial Medical Center Financial Counsellor

Resource for patients to discuss self-pay discounts. Phone: (615) 342-1545

Christians Overcoming Cancer

Dollars allocated to assist (DATA) financial relief services for all tumor types. Phone: (615) 516-0966

Closer to Home

Offers gift cards for gas/food/any needed financial assistance to cancer patients undergoing treatment. Phone: (615) 319-9751

Sherrys Run Patient Assistance

Sherrys Run is a Christ centered, grassroots ministry that offers financial assistance, spiritual and emotional support to families who are affected by cancer. Were here to help you temporarily with unexpected expenses while you are receiving treatment for a cancer diagnosis.

Patient Advocate Foundation

Co-pay assistance program for insured patients. Phone: (800) 532-5274      

American Cancer Society

Assistance with transportation, wigs, head coverings, and more. They also offer a volunteer-run service called Road to Recovery. This service provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Because this service is run by volunteers who donate their time and use their own cars, the drivers cannot usually drive long distances. Call (800) 227-2345 to learn how to schedule a ride in your area. Phone (615) 327-0992

Gildas Club

Free resource for patients and families. Hosts a lung cancer support group once per month. Phone: (615) 329-1124

Needy Meds

This organization helps patients find assistance programs that help cover the costs of medications and other healthcare related expenses. You can search by drug name to see whether there is a specific assistance program for your prescribed medication. Phone: (800) 503-6897

CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation

This organization addresses the needs of individuals who cannot afford their insurance co-payments for cancer medications. Phone: (866) 552-6729 

Patient Access Network

To help underinsured people with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases get the medications and treatments they need by assisting with their out-of-pocket costs and advocating for improved access and affordability. Phone: 866-316-(PANF)7263 

Cancer Legal Resource Center 

This organization provides free information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, caregivers, healthcare professionals, employers and others coping with cancer. Phone: (800) 843-2572

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

This organization helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. This service offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs. Phone: (888) 477-2669

United Way

This organization leads and supports a network of nearly 1,800 community-based organizations. Local United Way chapters can help with basic living expenses, including rent, mortgage, utility payments and food. 

Healthwell Foundation

A leading non-profit dedicated to improving access to care for America’s underinsured. They provide financial assistance to help with prescription copays, health insurance premiums, deductibles and coinsurance, travel costs. Phone: (800) 675-8416

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

CFAC is a coalition of organizations helping cancer patients manage their financial challenges. They help patients find assistance from organizations providing financial or practical help.

Dispensary of Hope

Dispensary of Hope collects and distributes millions of dollars of pharmaceuticals annually to pharmacies and safety-net clinics to dispense to low income, chronically ill patients. Phone: (615) 292-9770

Rx Outreach

A nonprofit pharmacy with a mission to provide affordable medications for people in need.

Transportation resources

Road to recovery with American Cancer Society

Provides free transportation for patients with one weeks notice. Phone: Nashville (615) 327-0991; National (800) 227-2345

Nashville MTA/Access Ride

Must be a Davidson County resident. Phone: (615) 880-3970               

Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency

Available to patients in surrounding counties to Davidson for a small fee. Phone: (800) 945-4125

Angel Wheels to Healing

Providing non-emergency, long distance ground transportation to financially disadvantaged, ambulatory patients who are traveling for treatment. Trip cannot exceed 300 miles one way. Phone: (800) 768-0238 

Lung Cancer Alliance

Offers individuals with metastatic lung cancer driving to and from treatment assistance in the form of a $200 gift card. Phone: (888) 793-9355

Disabled American Veterans

Medical appointment transportation. Phone: (615) 256-6384 

TennCare

United healthcare and Amerigroup Phone: (866) 680-0633; TN Care Blue Care and TN Care Select Phone: (866) 570-9445

Nutrition resources

Pearl Point Nutrition Services

Provides nutrition education, practical tips and helpful resources for cancer patients and their caregivers. To schedule a nutrition consult, use the online scheduler. Phone: (877) 467-1936 ext 101

ACS Dietician On-call

Provides free nutrition counseling by registered oncology dieticians and is offered by phone to cancer patients and survivors before, during and after treatment. Call to request to speak with a dietician. Hours are M-F from 8-5 EST. Phone(800) 227-2345

TriStar Centennial Outpatient Nutrition Education Program

Phone: (615) 695-7230

Support groups

Cancer Hope Network cancer

Cancer Hope Network matches someone going through a diagnosis and/or their caregivers with a trained volunteer cancer survivor who had a similar cancer experience. Phone: (877) 467-3638

CancerCare 

This organization provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer. Lung cancer support groups are available in person, online, and by telephone. Trained oncology social workers answer every call, providing counseling, education, financial assistance, and practical help. Phone: (800) 813-4673 

The Cancer Support Community

This organization, created through a merger of Gildas Club and The Wellness Community, provides professional programs for emotional support, education and hope for people affected by cancer at no charge. General cancer support groups are available at Cancer Support Community centers around the country, and some centers also have specific support groups for lung cancer patients. Phone: (888) 793-9355

Lung Cancer Alliance

Lung Cancer Alliance offers personalized support, information, and referral series at no cost to help patients, their loved ones, and those at risk. Phone: (800) 298-2436

Manor Healthcare, Mt. Juliet TN

Womens support group for all cancer types. Phone: (615) 707-2384

Free to Breathe

Offers survivor/caregiver match after filling out an electronic form. Phone: (615) 895-5995

Cancer Support Program at Tennessee Oncology Murfreesboro

Free monthly programs for cancer support, education and hope for patients, family and supporters. Meet 2nd Thursday of each month 4:00pm -5:00pm.

Lodging assistance

American Cancer Society Hotel Partners Program

Helps find lodging in area near doctor appointments/treatment centers. Phone: (888) 227-6333

American Cancer Society Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge Nashville

Offers adult cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when they have to travel away from home for treatment. Phone: (615) 342-0840

Hospital Hospitality House of Nashville

Potential guests must reside at least 50 miles outside of Davidson County and have no immediate family living in Nashville or Davidson Country. Phone: (615) 328-0477 

Scarritt Bennett Center

Discounted rates available. Phone: (615) 340-7500

Online support services

Caring Bridge

A website that allows people to easily get updates and offer support and encouragement.  

Lotsa Helping Hands

Lotsa Helping Hands powers online caring communities that help restore health and balance to caregiver’s lives. Their service brings together caregivers and volunteers through online Communities that organize daily life during times of medical crisis or caregiver exhaustion in neighborhoods and communities worldwide.

Livestrong Rally

LIVESTRONG helps bring people together to organize calendars, coordinate meals, share photos, provide updates, arrange transportation and offer financial support. And it gives supporters all these tools in one easy to use app.

Smoking cessation

Smokefree.gov

If you smoke and would like to quit, smokefree.gov offers web resources, instant messaging and a quit line staffed by counselors to support you in your efforts. Phone: (800) 784-8669

Becomeanex.org

Becomeanex.org helps you develop a 3-step plan to quit smoking and offers an online community to support you.