Recognizing that every patient has unique needs, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital's Medical Oncology and Hematology services includes individualized diagnostic and treatment plans – whether on an inpatient or outpatient basis – in a comfortable, compassionate and family-oriented atmosphere right here in Southwest Louisiana. Our cancer care and treatment options are comparable to nationally recognized cancer centers.
Our team of specially-trained chemotherapy nurses coordinates treatment for cancer and blood-related disorders with board certified oncology physicians and your family physician for a comprehensive, integrated approach to patient care. These teams of experts who work together to determine the best course of treatment may include physicians and nurses specializing in surgical oncology, radiation oncology, urology, radiology and pathology.
Whether you are living with it, know someone who is living with it, or are like us, working day in and day out to help those struggling with cancer, having access to the latest detection and treatment technology is a key factor in living with the disease. Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Cancer Center is southwest Louisiana's leader in cancer care. Our team of oncologists, hematologists, surgeons, nurses and technicians are skilled in treating not only the cancer, but the whole patient. Add to this, the cutting edge technology comparable to those found in Houston and New Orleans, and it is understandable why Memorial is Number 1 when it comes to cancer care. Medical milestones are happening everyday at Memorial proving that it's not how far you travel for cancer treatment, but the caliber and compassion of those who dedicate their lives to fighting the cancer battle.
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) and Memorial's cancer treatment program has held CoC accreditation continuously since 1993. The hospital recently received an additional three-year approval rating with seven commendations based on its compliance with the 36 CoC standards. This special accreditation is given only to facilities that voluntarily commit to providing excellence in diagnostics and treatment of cancer, and that undergo a rigorous on-site evaluation process to review their performance.. Our Cancer Center provides prevention and early detection services,diagnostic treatment and other clinical options such as pain management,research,rehabilitation and support services that include discharge planning and nutritional support,counseling for patients and family members,pastoral care and home health care. We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be scary,and that's why we,at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital,encourage you to take advantage of not only our innovative treatment options,but also our strong support groups and services. When it comes to your medical and emotional well-being,Memorial is proud to be everything your healthcare should be.
Lake Charles Memorial's Cancer Center offers evaluation and management of:
- Solid Tumors
- Hematologic Malignancies
- Red Blood Cell Disorders
- White Blood Cell Disorders
- Platelet Disorders
- Bleeding Disorders
Chemotherapy and infusion services at Lake Charles Memorials Cancer Center consist of medications which circulate through the patient's blood and eliminate cancer cells at sites of disease. Formulating treatment plans for chemotherapy,and mixing and administering these medications requires highly skilled and specialized professionals. Medical oncologists and oncology nurses work closely with our pharmacy staff to manage dosages and monitor patient progress ensuring the best,cutting-edge formulas and optimal treatment plans to fight specific diseases. The side effects of many new chemotherapy drugs are lesser in severity,but more powerful at targeting and eradicating cancer cells. Patient education classes ensure that you and your family are well-informed about the regimine and educated in ways to prevent and manage potential side effects before beginning any new treatment. Targeted therapies are medications which target a specific pathway in the growth and development of a malignancy. This type of therapy attacks targets that are unique to a specific tumor,and therefore spare the normal cells of the body.
Today,cancer treatment is more effective and less toxic than ever before as a result of clinical trials. At Lake Charles Memorial's Cancer Center,we may conduct and recommend current clinical trials through regional and national research alliances and affiliations . If you are eligible for and interested in a clinical trial,your physician will speak with you about whether this option is right for you.