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Cancer Resources

As part of Erlanger's core mission to compassionately care for people, we offer a range of resources to support patients, family members, and caregivers in all parts of the cancer journey.

Nurse Navigators   Nutrition Services   Social Work   Spiritual Guidance   Cancer Registry   Support Groups   National Resources   Local Resources

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Oncology Nurse Navigators

Erlanger’s Oncology Nurse Navigators are here to guide and support our patients through cancer treatment. Viewing the healthcare system from the patient’s perspective, this integral member of our oncology care team:

  • Understands all aspects of cancer care and the cancer care system
  • Provides information about specific treatment(s); as well as, experiences that can be expected through the cancer journey
  • Can direct patients and family to community resources that provide support during treatment and recovery
  • Communicates with the entire healthcare team, collaborating on behalf of the patient to facilitate seamless, quality care
Tracey Cash, RN
Tracey Cash, RN - 
Prostate, Kidney, Bladder, and Testicular Cancers
Wendy Firestone, RN, BSN, OCN
Wendy Firestone, RN, BSN, OCN - Breast and Lung Cancers
Katie Viola, RN, BSN
Katie Viola, RN, BSN - Genetics and Breast Cancer 
Alison Moore, RN, BSN, OCN
Alison Moore, RN, BSN, OCN - Cervical, Ovarian, Endometrial, Vulvar, Vaginal Cancers 
MaryBeth Kahir, RN
MaryBeth Kehir, RN - Gynecologic and GI Cancers 
Melissa Mitchell, RN
Melissa Mitchell, RN - GI Cancers 

Nutrition Services

Erlanger’s oncology dietitian helps cancer patients and their caregivers develop a plan for healthy eating. By achieving good overall health, proper nutrition can help:

  • Reduce cancer risk
  • Help address nutritional difficulties experienced during the course of treatment
  • Help patients stay healthy during treatment
  • Minimize side effects and illness.

Patient Resources

Betty Owens, RDNBetty Owens, RDN, LDN - 423-778-5280


Social Work

Erlanger’s oncology social workers are licensed professionals who counsel patients and family members impacted by cancer. Our social workers can:

  • Provide emotional support through individual counseling
  • Help patients find resources and financial assistance
  • Offer assistance finding home care or transportation services
  • Give guidance in applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Help patients better understand their diagnosis and treatment options
  • Put patients in touch with local resources that offer support


Amanda Kindred, LMSWAmanda Kindred, LMSW - 423-778-3638  



Spiritual Guidance and Chaplaincy Services

Erlanger offers pastoral care services to address spiritual and emotional needs, regardless of religious tradition. This service is offered to all patients, family members, friends, and hospital visitors.

  • Cancer support services
  • Prayer
  • Meditation
  • Bereavement services 

Erlanger Pastoral Care

Patient Resources
Spiritual Care for the Cancer Journey (PDF)

Cancer Registry Team

Erlanger’s Cancer Registry team works to create an accurate database of cancer cases in our region. Physicians and researchers – local, regional, and international – use this database to:

  • Evaluate patient outcomes and treatments
  • Provide follow-up information
  • Calculate survival rates
  • Analyze referral patterns
  • Allocate state and regional resources  
  • Report cancer incidence
  • Evaluate treatment modalities
Katie Brown, RHITKatie Brown, RHIT, CTR 


Erlanger Cancer Support Group

This support group is designed for men and women impacted by cancer. Participants will not only have the opportunity to share about their cancer journey in a safe space but will also hear from specialists who will provide helpful education and resources. Sessions are offered free of charge, but we do ask that participants sign up if they plan to join.

  • Location: Erlanger Baroness Hospital - Oncology Conference Room
  • Time: 4:30-5:30 PM

2024 Dates:

January 16
February 20
March 19
April 16
May 21
June 18

National Resources

American Cancer Society
24-hour support and patient information

Look Good Feel Better is a service provided by the American Cancer Society

National Cancer Institute’s Information Service
1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)

Cancer Support Community
24-hour online/telephone support

U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

CancerCare (Smoking Cessation Services)
1-800-813-HOPE (1-800-813-4673)

Local Resources

Mental Health Crisis Hotlines (24/7)
423-634-8995 or 423-499-2300