The mission of Oncology Outreach Services at Thompson Cancer Survival Center is to coordinate targeted prevention and awareness initiatives and connect East Tennesseans with the world class cancer care offered at Thompson Cancer Survival Center – from cancer screening to treatment to social services. B. Ray Thompson founded TCSC over 40 years ago, with the goal of making the latest treatment methods and technologies available to people in East Tennessee. Today, we still carry that mission forward.
In addition to offering the latest treatment methods, technologies, and clinical trials, Thompson provides support services funded through Thompson Cancer Survival Center Foundation for all patients:
- Nurse Navigators
- Oncology Pharmacists
- Genetic Counselors
- Clinical Trial Specialists
- Social Workers
Lack of awareness and lack of access to quality healthcare are major risk factors among impoverished and underserved communities. Thompson Cancer Survival Center seeks to overcome barriers to cancer prevention and treatment by helping patients with individual needs, sponsoring special events and participating in the Commission on Cancer.
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) is a “consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.”
As a part of the CoC, each year the Oncology Services Outreach Representative from TCSC collaborates with healthcare and social service providers in the East Tennessee region to implement a cancer prevention or screening initiative.
Bridging the Gap in Providing Care
Oncology Outreach Services at TCSC is also committed to developing the best team of providers for our patients by:
- supporting them with recognition for outstanding service
- fostering communication between multi-disciplinary connections
- quickly identifying and improving improve areas of concern
Nurturing strong working relationships and extending recognition among our first class team of providers and support services sets Thomson Cancer Survival Center apart as an exemplary Center of excellence.
Oncology Outreach Services helps prospective patients, as well as providers, understand and navigate the referral process and is available to help or connect them with resources to facilitate an appointment with a Thompson Cancer Survival Center entity. These resources may be also be helpful:
- Patient Resource Guide
- Provider Referral Form
Meet Our Cancer Outreach Coordinator
Nikki Dickson joined Thompson Cancer Survival Center as the Oncology Services Outreach Representative in September 2022. Nikki has a long history of providing excellent care, education and advocacy for patients, both in clinical and mental health capacities. At TCSC, she will coordinate targeted cancer prevention and awareness initiatives, promote and provide education to the community and providers about the services offered to patients at TCSC and increase awareness of the Foundation funded departments and world-class, comprehensive patient care delivered throughout Thompson’s services.