WHAT QUESTIONS DO I ASK?
When visiting with your doctor, you may have questions and concerns. Often these are forgotten during the visit, so we have compiled a list of questions to help get the information you want about your illness and possible treatments. You and your family can use this brochure to help you decide what you need to ask your doctor each time you have an appointment.
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Our medical oncologists specialize in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy. They will provide supportive care and may coordinate treatment given by other specialists. Nurses that are specially trained in the needs of cancer patients will work with medical oncologists to care for you before, during and after treatment.
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Radiation therapy is an x-ray treatment that damages or destroys cancer cells in your body. Our radiation oncologists will oversee your radiation therapy treatments, work with the other members of the radiation therapy team to develop your treatment plan and ensure that each treatment is accurately given. Your radiation oncologist will also monitor your progress and adjust the treatment as necessary to make sure the radiation is hitting its target while minimizing side effects. Before, during and after your radiation therapy treatments, your radiation oncologist will work closely with your other cancer doctors, such as your medical oncologist and/or surgeon, to maximize the radiation’s effectiveness.
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Breath Hold Technique
When you schedule your surgery, we ensure you're prepared for your procedure, whether you're with us one day or overnight.
Our Pre-Admissions and Registration Center (PARC) staff helps facilitate a smooth surgical experience, educating patients and families on what
to expect, and arranging pre-surgical testing and counseling with an anesthetist.
An expanded surgery area makes the experience as comfortable as possible for you and your family. Guests are greeted at the St. Mary's Admissions desk on the second floor, and when it's time for surgery, the family is escorted to a private area to wait comfortably both before surgery and during recovery. These rooms are staffed with volunteers who give regular updates, and include a sitting area where family members can remain with the patient post-surgery.
Expert surgical teams are equipped with the latest technologies, including our da Vinci Surgical System®, a sophisticated robotic platform that enables complex, minimally invasive surgery. This robot helps surgeons avoid surrounding tissue to minimize and control bleeding, while its 3D vision shows more details for better patient outcomes.
In addition to our industry-leading weight loss surgeries, we offer T.E.M. (Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery), a highly specialized, minimally invasive surgery for colon cancer.
Because diagnostic imaging plays a critical role in initial cancer diagnosis, treatment planning and palliative therapies, the 8,149-square-foot Thomas J. Moran Imaging Center offers the latest in diagnostic technologies, including digital X-ray, CT, nuclear medicine, SPECT/CT, PET/CT and MRI. We also have plans to expand services in the near future to include fluoroscopy, mammography, and ultrasound.
Our state-of-the-art laboratory helps to improve patient care by providing safe onsite testing for a variety of disciplines, including blood bank, chemistry, coagulation, flow cytometry, hematology, microbiology, parasitology, serology and special chemistry. The information gathered from laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Our medical leadership, team of laboratory professionals and accreditations ensure our commitment to the rigorous laboratory standards for accuracy and reliability. To schedule or change an appointment for a CT scan, PET scan or chest X-ray, please call (225) 215-1280.
Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center provides a patient navigator at no cost for patients diagnosed with cancer. The patient navigator serves as a consistent guide to coordinate patients’ care, provides educational materials, and answers questions and follow-up after surgery.
Our patient navigator helps to make sure patients and their families have all the information they need to make the most informed and timely decisions about their treatment plan.
Additional services our patient navigators provide include:
For more information on our patient navigator program, please call (225) 765-6426.
Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center provides genetic counseling and testing services for people who have an increased risk for hereditary cancer. Based on your risk assessment, we can assist you in making informed
Genetic counseling involves discussing your personal and family history of cancer. The goal is to provide clear and clinically relevant information about genetic risk factors in a supportive and educational atmosphere.
Genetic testing allows us to examine specific genes known to increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer, which is key in the early detection of cancers in high-risk patients.
For more information about genetic counseling and testing or for a referral, please call (225) 215-1291.
Social workers are a vital member of the healthcare team and perform various duties depending on patient and family needs including:
Social workers are advocates for patients and families, helping them access the services they need. They also understand how factors such as ethnicity, spirituality and family issues may influence how patients are dealing with their cancer diagnosis and treatment.
To contact a social worker, please call (225) 215-1291.
Our dietary services staff is specifically trained to determine cancer patients’ nutritional needs and to develop an individualized diet plan that will meet these needs during treatment and recovery. The dietitian can answer any nutrition-related questions and will offer suggestions or advice on eating well during treatment.
The Wound and Ostomy Center is one of the largest providers of wound, ostomy and continence care in Louisiana.
The multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals provide optimal care for hospital patients with wounds, chronic skin conditions and ostomies. Should a patient require outpatient care, they are referred to Louisiana Wound Care Specialists-a contract agency staffed by physicians and nurses trained in the latest techniques to manage wounds to promote rapid and effective healing.
- Arterial ulcers
- Neourpathic (diabetic) ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Non-healing surgical wounds
For more information, please call (225) 765-4454.
The Voice Center evaluates and manages voice, swallowing, and airway disorders, and is a collaborative effort of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, the LSU Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the LSU Department of Communication Disorders.
The Center treats voice disorders and specializes in care for those whose occupations make them more prone to vocal problems, such as singers or speakers.
Head and neck cancers can affect the nasal passages, sinuses, mouth, throat, larynx (voice box), swallowing passages, salivary glands and thyroid gland. Skin cancers that develop on the scalp, face or neck also may be considered head and neck cancers. Doctors at The Head and Neck Center are well-renowned for their expertise in treating cancer and providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment of disorders of the head and neck region.
|The goal of Palliative Care is to help patients attain the highest quality of life and focuses on pain relief, other symptoms, and stresses of cancer or other serious illness. It also supports the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of patients and their families with life-limiting or life-altering illnesses. Our program includes: outpatient palliative care, inpatient palliative care and hospice services. For more information, please call (225) 765-1737.|