Baptist Cancer Center-Memphis
Leading-edge Cancer Care Closer to Home
You shouldn’t have to leave behind family, friends and the place you feel most comfortable to get the most advanced and compassionate cancer care. Because cancer affects not just the individual, but the patient’s family and relatives as well, it’s better to be treated and cared for in your own community—surrounded by what’s familiar.
For this reason, Baptist Memorial Health Care created the Baptist Cancer Center (BCC), a comprehensive cancer program so strong that people throughout the Mid-South will be aware of and reassured by the competence and excellence of the program. The BCC is committed to providing Mid-South physicians, cancer patients and their families with the assurance and confidence that excellent, compassionate, advanced care is nearby—right here in Memphis.
Continuum of Services for Cancer Care
The Baptist Cancer Center provides the complete continuum of care for cancer patients—from diagnosis and treatment to follow-up care. The BCC team takes an interdisciplinary approach to patient care—making sure every patient need is met, from emotional support to pain management.
Through the BCC, Baptist Memphis offers treatment, research, support services, community education, and the area’s first genetic counseling and testing program for cancer. In addition, the hospital has the Mid-South’s first adult myelosuppression unit, which provides specialized care for patients who have received chemotherapy that interferes with blood cell production or stops bone marrow activity.
Baptist Memphis Accomplishments & Firsts
Setting new standards for the detection and treatment of cancer in the Mid-South, Baptist has accomplished many firsts including:
- In 2011, BCC-Memphis became one of the first hospital's in the area to offer Cyberknife treatment.
- In 2007, BCC-Memphis became the first in the MidSouth to deliver Image Guidance Radiation Therapy (IGRT).
- In 2007, BCC-Memphis became the first in the MidSouth to use Real-time Position Management™ (RPM) system - for gating perfectly timed beam delivery with minimal margins.
- In 2007, BCC-Memphis became the first in the MidSouth to deliver linear accelerator based Stereotactic Radiosurgery/Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRS/SRT) in the treatment of cancer.
- First freestanding radiation therapy center at the Radiation Oncology Center at BCC-Memphis.
- First to provide prostate brachytherapy.
- First in Memphis to perform prostate brachytherapy, a nonsurgical way to treat prostate cancer.
- First in Memphis to use intensity modulated radiation therapy, new radiation treatment for cancer care in adults.
- In 2002, the Baptist Cancer Center at Baptist Memphis began preparation to conduct the first allogeneic stem cell transplant program in the Mid-South—a procedure in which an unrelated donor's stem cells are transplanted into cancer patients to help them recover from high-dose chemotherapy.
- In December 2002, Baptist Memphis was the first in the Memphis area to provide a cancer navigator to help guide cancer patients and their families through the cancer process.
- In November 2002, the Radiation Oncology Center at BCC-Memphis was the first in the Memphis area to provide intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for the treatment of certain cancers in adults.
- The Baptist Women's Health Center was among the first seven centers in the nation to have a full-field digital mammography machine.
- Baptist offers the only mobile mammography units in Shelby County.
- Baptist introduced the first retail-based mammography center in Memphis in 2000.
- In 1994, Baptist established the first and only myelosuppression unit in Memphis—a specialized oncology unit for high-risk patients with compromised immune systems.
- The first adult autologous stem cell transplant in Memphis was performed at Baptist Memorial Hospital in 1989.