Primary Prevention: Our first goal is to raise awareness of actions that can be taken by individuals, communities, government, or other groups to prevent the occurrence of cancer through healthy lifestyle choices.
Our second goal is to reduce Tennessean’s population risks associated with environmental exposures to known or likely environmental risk factors for cancer through reduction of exposure to environmental hazards and risk factors by 2017.
Screening & Early Detection: We hope to Increase detection of cancer at acceptable rates when disease is not causing a symptom and when treatment is more likely to be successful. Increase awareness regarding family history and risk factors for cancer.
Patient Navigation: Our first goal for patient navigation is to increase awareness and utilization of patient navigation systems to facilitate optimum cancer care for all Tennesseans.
Our second goal is to develop a health care provider resource guide on Navigation services located in healthcare facilities and cancer treatment centers.
Our third goal is to develop a peer resource guide on Navigation services located in the healthcare facilities and cancer treatment centers.
Survivorship: We want to improve TN cancer survivors’ quality of life through education and advocacy initiatives that address the physical, emotional, and practical challenges of cancer survivorship.
Palliative Cancer Care: We hope to increase the awareness of, accessibility to and value of palliative care programs both in institutions who have PC programs and those who are lacking through education, outreach, and positive performance. Provide coordinated care through an interdisciplinary team approach. In providing Palliative Care programs, a large percentage of hospice patients will be identified earlier in their eligibility window, and will potentially have an extended time frame to take advantage of these valuable services.
Clinical Trials and other Cancer Research: We promote education and awareness of human studies on cancer conducted in our state and increase professional and public access to human study participation.
Disparities: Our goal is to reduce cancer health disparities in Tennessee by educating and conducting one presentation regarding regional disparities in each of the TC2 regions by June 30, 2017.
Health Literacy: We promote activities related to issues of health literacy within the Tennessee Cancer Coalition (TC2) and improve health literacy in the state of Tennessee.
Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer: We strive to educate healthcare providers and consumers about the availability of genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer and improve appropriate utilization and reimbursement for services available in TN.
Advocacy: Our goal is to ensure that elected officials are aware of cancer issues throughout the state and that they hear that curing cancer is a priority to the citizens of Tennessee.
Surveillance: We will utilize the State Cancer Registry to assess the incidence and impact of cancer within the state and direct interventions towards prevention and reduction of cancer related morbidity and mortality. We will evaluate the impact of interventions on the reduction of cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality in the state
Tobacco: We wish to achieve a tobacco-free Tennessee in collaboration with the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program at the Tennessee Department of Health. Preventing the initiation of tobacco use among young people, promoting quitting among tobacco users, and eliminating exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke will accomplish this.
We will try to identify and eliminate tobacco-related health disparities among population groups.
Women’s Cancers: We hope to reduce breasts, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer mortality through increased awareness, early detection, diagnosis and treatment by June 2017.
Colorectal Cancer: We hope to reduce colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality through screening and early detection.
Lung Cancer: Our first goal for lung cancer is to reduce the incidence of lung cancer by decreasing tobacco use reported on BRFSS from 23% (2011) to 18% by 2017 and limiting exposure to known carcinogens including secondhand smoke and radon gas.
Our second goal is to reduce lung cancer mortality by 50% through the use of low dose CT (LDCT) screening and early detection by the year 2020.
Our third goal is to educate and inform individuals about genetic testing by hosting one informational session in each of the TC2 regions by 2017 by partnering with the TC2 Genetics committee.
Men’s Cancers: We strive to promote informed decision-making regarding issues associated with prostate cancer and prostate cancer screenings.
Hematological Cancers: Our goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with hematologic malignancies, myeloproliferative neoplasms and myelodysplasia.
Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers: We strive to decrease the incidence and improve outcome of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers by increasing education regarding prevention, early detection, and treatment.
Childhood Cancer: To reduce/eliminate suffering and death due to childhood/adolescent cancers and to provide survivors the services needed to live meaningful and productive lives.