Research: New Treatment Options
Cancer clinical trials not only provide treatment options which might otherwise be unavailable to cancer patients but also guide researchers in evaluating promising new therapies. Through Kirkland Cancer Center's research participation, eligible patients can benefit from cutting edge treatment "without leaving home."
Community Cancer Education Programs
Community cancer education on prevention and early detection of cancer remains a year-round priority of the Kirkland Cancer Center. Approximately 2,000 people participate in the breast, colorectal, prostate, and skin screenings yearly with follow-up provided for those having "abnormal" findings. An active speaker's bureau is available to schools, churches, civic, and community groups with topics ranging from the "preventative" role of sunscreen to new advances in cancer treatment. The Cancer Center also participates in area-wide health fairs.
For Cancer Survivors
Survivors are "guests of honor" at the Annual Jackson Relay for Life, of which the Kirkland Cancer Center is title sponsor. This 24-hour activity-filled community party is both a celebration of life and opportunity to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Camp Bluebird, a three-day camp for adult cancer survivors at beautiful Lakeshore Campground, sponsored by the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation and BellSouth Telephone Pioneers, provides a weekend getaway for cancer survivors twice a year. This camp is open to all cancer survivors. Call Sandra Atherton at 731-423-3001 for more information or to register.
The American Cancer Society's Annual Golf Classic and Fashion Show are also programs supported by the Cancer Center. We are constantly finding new and wonderful ways to celebrate cancer survivors, so be sure to check the website for updated events!
Local Support Groups
Cancer Support Group: 731-541-5087
Passages Grief Support Group: 731-664-4220
National Cancer Resources
American Cancer Society: 800-227-2345
National Cancer Institute: 800-422-6237
West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation
Call 731-984-2140 for information on:
Kirkland Cancer Center Foundation Fund
Hospice of West Tennessee Foundation Fund