Cancer Center of Acadiana at Opelousas General Health System
Providing Cancer Detection, Diagnosis &Treatment
At Cancer Center of Acadiana at Opelousas General Health System, we’re committed to treating more than just your disease-we’re dedicated to improving your way of life.
Our team focus is on “Patient Centered Care” where each patient is a unique biological, social, psychological, ethnic and spiritual being. Our team is made up of multiple disciplines involving oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, nutritionists, social workers and more to ensure that every aspect of your cancer care needs are addressed.
More Than a Second Opinion
Twice a month, our multidisciplinary team meets at Tumor Board Conference where patient cases are presented by the diagnosing physician. The team of specialists review each case presented, they discuss and make recommendations that offer the best path of treatment and give all options that are available for the patient’s individual diagnosis.
Surgical Oncology – Surgery is the primary treatment for several types of cancer.
Medical Oncology – Medical oncology includes chemotherapy, immunotherapy and other treatments, often in combination, to treat cancer.
Outpatient Oncology – The Outpatient Oncology Unit provides high-quality care for patients undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and diagnostic workups. If radiation therapy is needed, the patients are treated on a daily basis, Monday through Friday for an average of six weeks. The treatments are fairly quick and painless. If patients are receiving chemotherapy, the course of treatment varies for each diagnosis and each patient.
Tumor Registry - Through the Tumor Registry, the Complete Cancer Care Program provides lifetime follow-up of each cancer patient we treat. We maintain records of the patient's cancer history, the extent of the disease at diagnosis, treatment history and medical follow-up, regardless of where he or she receives subsequent treatments.
Infusion Clinic - Provides injextions and infusions for a variety of chronic conditions.
Opelousas General Health System offers state-of-the-art imaging technology http://www.opelousasgeneral.com/services/medical_imaging.aspx for the screening, detection and diagnosis of cancers, including CT, MRI, PET, mammography, stereotactic biopsies and ultrasound-assisted biopsies.
Overview of Cancer Treatments
There are several factors that influence the type of cancer treatment that can be given. The specific characteristics of your cancer as well as your overall condition will be initially evaluated. The goal of treatment will also be determined. Cancer treatment professionals will determine if the goal is to cure your cancer, keep your cancer from spreading, or to relieve the symptoms caused by cancer. Depending on these factors, you may receive one or more types of treatment.
Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. It is also called "chemo." Today, there are many different types of chemotherapy, so, the way you feel during treatment may be very difference from someone else.
How can chemotherapy help me?
Chemotherapy can be used to:
- Destroy cancer cells
- Stop cancer cells from spreading
- Slow the growth of cancer cells
Chemothearpy can be given alone or with other treatments. It can also help other treatments work better. For example, you may get chemotherapy before or after surgery or radiation therapy. You may also get cheotherapy before a peripheral blood stem cell transplant. Check with your doctor or nurse before you take any medicine, vitamins, or herbs. Some of these can change the way chemothearpy works.
How is chemotherapy given?
Chemotherapy can be given in these forms:
- An IV (intravenously)
- A shot (injection) into a muscle or other part of your body
- A pill or liquid that you swallow
- A cream that is rubbed on your skin
- Other ways
When will I get chemotherapy?
Delivery of chemotherapy may vary. You may get treatment every day, every week, or every month. The treatment period is followed by a period of rest when you won't get chemotherapy. This rest period gives your body a chance to build healthy new cells.
Your doctor or nurse will talk with you about your treatment schedule. Ask for a writen copy of it, as well.
How will I feel during treatment?
Each person reacts differently and every treatment is different, so it is not always possible to tell how you will feel. Some people feel well enough to keep their normal schedules at home or at work. Others feel more tired. Today, many side effects can be prevented or controlled. Talk with your doctor or nurse to learn what side effects you may have and how to manage them.
Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses beams of intense energy to shrink or kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy most often gets its power from x-rays, but the power can also come from protons or other types of energy. Radiation therapy damages cells by destroying the genetic material that controls how cells grow and divide. While both healthy and cancerous cells are damaged by radiation therapy, the goal of radiation therapy is to destroy as few normal, heatlhy cells as possible.
In some cases, the goal of radiation treatment is the complete destruction of an entire tumor. In other cases, the aim is to shrink a tumor and relieve symptoms. In either case, doctors plan treatment to spare as much healthy tissue as possible.
Surgery is performed as a treatment option when a tumor and surrounding tissue is removed. Removing the nearby tissue may help to prevent the tumor from growing back in the same area. When surgically removing a tumor, the surgeon may also remove some nearby lymph nodes. The side effects of surgery mainly depend on the size and location of the tumor, and the type of surgery being performed. Healing after surgery takes time. This recovery time varies from person to person depending on the type of surgery and a patient's overall health. Please remember that it is very common to feel tired or weak for some time after surgery.
A concern that many people worry about when having surgery (or even a biopsy) for cancer treatment is that the surgical procedure will spread the disease. This is very uncommon. Surgeons use special procedures and use precautionary steps to prevent cancer cells from spreading. For example, if they must remove tissue from more than one area, they use different tools for each one. This approach helps reduce the chance that cancer cells will spread to healthy tissue.
Contact Information for Cancer Center of Acadiana at Opelousas General Health System
627 E. Prudhomme St.
Opelousas, Louisiana 70570
A patient can call with a self-referral and the information to obtain the necessary medical records at: 337-942-1126
Referring physicians can call for appointments as soon as a diagnosis has been confirmed at:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.