Tennessee Oncology Launches Cancer-Specific Palliative Program
James Meadows, MD, recently joined the renowned team of research physicians at Tennessee Oncology and will oversee the palliative care of cancer patients by helping them manage the symptoms and pain associated with their disease. The practice’s decision to launch a new oncology-specific palliative care program comes on the heels of the findings of several national studies demonstrating palliative measures better manage symptoms and improve both quality of life and length of survival.
“It’s important for people to understand that palliative is not just end-of-life care,” said Jeff Patton, MD, CEO of Tennessee Oncology. “It’s about assessing patients’ symptoms and helping them achieve their goals throughout their journey to survivorship.”
Meadows is board certified in both palliative medicine and family medicine. A Nashville native, he completed medical school and residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California before returning to Nashville in 2005 to focus his practice on advanced symptom management with an emphasis on pain management. The new palliative care program is currently housed at Centennial Medical Center and is a consultative service that offers individual treatment plans. Care is provided by an all board-certified palliative care team and is coordinated with a patient’s regularly-scheduled oncologist visits to diminish the number of appointments required for integrated care.