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Cancer Institute

Campaign for Hope






Since the Cancer Institute's inception in 1994, we have developed a reputation as the leading provider of cancer diagnosis, treatment and research services in the East Tennessee region.

We're proud to be the region's provider of choice for cancer care, but the accompanying increase in cancer services, patient volume, and cancer researchers outpaced the growth of our physical space. Until the new Cancer Institute opened in October 2012, patient services were dispersed across The University of Tennessee Medical Center campus which sometimes caused inconvenience. Research opportunities, and the discoveries that accompany them, were also hindered by limited physical space. 

Since the Campaign for Hope has increased our physical space by 100%, facilities are no longer a limit to patient care or research.  The next steps in the Campaign for Hope will help us achieve National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. NCI designation will give us the ability to recruit leading cancer experts and researchers to East Tennessee, access the latest therapies, provide more opportunities to participate in clinical trials and research funding through NCI and industry grants.

The Campaign for Hope is a campaign for East Tennesseans. It's a campaign that will mean better facilities, better care, and more opportunities for everyone who's life is touched by cancer.

Campaign Focus

Relocation of Radiation Oncology: The new Cancer Institute will house Radiation Oncology, eliminating the ¼ mile which currently separates it from all other outpatient cancer services. Putting all cancer treatments under one roof will mean increased support, improved coordination of care, and much more ease and convenience for patients throughout their cancer treatment.


New Equipment: State-of-the-art equipment is an absolute necessity in cancer treatment. The Campaign for Hope will provide funding for the most advanced radiation oncology linear accelerators and robotic technology.


Two Endowed Chairs for Cancer Institute: Endowed chairs will help us recruit cancer specialists who are the "best of the best" in both clinical and research areas. These experts can bring the latest treatment techniques to our area and also attract more experts.


Clinical Trials: Clinical research studies provide the only possibility of cure or treatment for certain cancer patients. Funds from the Campaign for Hope will help advance research at the Cancer Institute including Phase I clinical trials and seed funds for new investigations and research projects.


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Cancer Institute Quick Facts

Largest single provider for cancer care in East Tennessee—Over 60,000 patient visits each year

  • Ranked nationally as High Performing in cancer by US News & World Report in 2012 and 2013
  • 46 physicians practicing and/or directly related to the Cancer Institute
  • Approximately 2,500 new cancer cases are diagnosed and treated each year, with over 4,000 outpatient surgeries performed annually
  • 40-50 clinical trials are open and recruiting at all times and 100-150 patients enrolled annually
  • Patient visits have increased 70% in the last 10 years
  • Chemotherapy treatments have more than doubled in the last 10 years
  • Over 20,000 courses of chemotherapy administered annually, an average of 80 patients/ day
  • An average of 50 radiation oncology patients treated per day
  • New cancer cases seen at the Cancer Institute increased 80% in the last 10 years
  • Breast cancer referrals have increased 60% in the last 10 years
  • An estimated 5,000 free cancer screenings provided and 20,000 individuals touched through community outreach programs
  • New CI Opened October 12, 2012. 108,000 square foot facility
  • Tumor conferences—team of doctors including pathologists, radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, clinical trial experts, nurse navigators and other health professionals discuss each patient’s case and develop an individualized treatment plan. 
Only Facility to Offer
  • Yttrium 90 radioembolization for liver tumors
  • CyberKnife radiosurgery
  • Intraperitoneal chemotherapy for GYN cancers
  • Isolated Limb Infusion (1 of only 5 facilities in the U.S. that offer this)
  • Heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for gastrointestinal cancers
  • Microvascular reconstruction


For more information about our Cancer Institute Campaign Initiative, please contact the Development Office at 865-305-6611 or


Contact Development

University of Tennessee Medical Center & UT Graduate School of Medicine
Office of Development
2121 Medical Center Way
Suite 110, Knoxville, TN 37920-2205
(865) 305-6611
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In the spirit of compassion, care and hope, we invite you to become a Wall of Hope member and create a place of healing for cancer patients and their families from East Tennessee.

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