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.

Immunotherapy

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.

Clinical Trials

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.