Medical Oncology & Hematology
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.
Memorial's Cancer Services offers evaluation and management of:
- Solid Tumors
- Hematologic Malignancies
- Red Blood Cell Disorders
- White Blood Cell Disorders
- Platelet Disorders
- Bleeding Disorders
Chemotherapy & Infusion Services
Chemotherapy and infusion services at Memorial Oncology Unit 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.
When paired with chemotherapy, immunotherapy is changing the treatment
of cancer by harnessing the body's natural strength to fight cancer—empowering
the immune system to conquer more types of cancer. It uses substances
made by the body or in a laboratory to improve immune system function
which can help make the cancer cells more receptive to chemotherapy drugs.
Oncology Certified Nurses
Nurses who obtain certification by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation
(ONCC) provide tangible evidence that nurses have the knowledge required
to effectively provide care to patients experiencing the complex problems
associated with a diagnosis of cancer. Currently, 43% of our oncology
registered nurses system-wide are certified by the ONCC with 100% of our
main campus chemotherapy nurses certified.
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 recommend current clinical trials through regional research
alliances and affiliations such as M.D. Anderson, Houston Methodist, Baylor
University Medical Center, and LSU Health Shreveport.
Our clinical trials nurse takes every newly diagnosed cancer patient and
based on their pathology, history, and disease stage, matches them up
with clinical trials that they may qualify for in Louisiana or Texas.
This information is included in our cancer conference summary and given
to physicians for consideration since having the information allows physicians
to evaluate all possibilities for treatment. 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.