- MEDICAL SERVICES
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Disease Site Teams
- Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center
- Genetic Counseling
- Head & Neck Center
- Infusion Suite
- Medical Oncology
- Nutritional Services
- Ostomy Services & Wound Care
- Palliative Care
- Patient Navigation
- Radiation Oncology
- Respiratory Therapy
- Social Services
- Tumor Conferences
- Tumor Registry
- Voice Center
- Women's Imaging & Breast Center
ABOUT MEDICAL SERVICES
When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it impacts everything and everyone in their life. This is why Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center offers an array of services for patients and their loved ones. Learn more about the support we provide before, during and after treatment.
Diagnostic imaging is often the first step in a cancer diagnosis. A variety of machines, including x-rays, CT scans and MRI scans, can be used to create pictures of the structures inside the body to rule out or diagnose a certain medical condition. Most imaging tests and painless and easy, but certain involve small amount of radiation.
DISEASE SITE TEAMS
Disease site teams, or multidisciplinary care teams, are specialists from each diagnostic, treatment and supportive care discipline working together in the same facility where state-of-the-art cancer treatment is given, and relevant research is conducted.
Experts across the nation agree: Multidisciplinary care is the gold standard for treating cancer patients. From tumor board meetings where physicians review and discuss treatment options to specialized teams that focus on some of the most prevalent cancers affecting Gulf Coast residents, multidisciplinary care takes many shapes at the Center.
In addition to the disease-specific MDC teams at the Baton Rouge location, the centers in Covington and Houma also have lung cancer MDC teams with experts specializing in screening and treatment for the disease.
FACIAL PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
During cancer treatment, there may be a need for facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and our partners offer this service to provide you with comprehensive care.
For those with a high risk for hereditary cancer, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has genetic counseling services to address concerns about risk of developing cancer and to assist you in making informed medical decisions.
HEAD & NECK CENTER
The Head and Neck Center provides services from well-renowned doctors with expertise in treating cancer and providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment of disorders of the head and neck region.
Our infusion suites are designed with patient comfort in mind. Each infusion bay includes individual televisions, and our team of nurses provide compassionate and quality care.
Maintaining good nutrition and a proper diet is important when going through cancer treatment. Doctors and researchers have found that patients who eat well during their treatment periods are better able to withstand the side effects and possible stress related to treatment.
OSTOMY SERVICES & WOUND CARE
Ostomy Services & Wound Care is offered to cancer patients in need of help managing and caring for complicated wounds and continence disorders resulting from some treatment and surgical procedures.
Palliative care, or sometimes referred to as supportive care and comfort care, is dedicated to making patients with cancer live an easier life and improve their quality of life. Palliative care focuses on cancer prevention and treatment, as well as managing the psychological, physical, social and spiritual side effects that result from the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Radiation oncology is another specialty within oncology used to treat a cancer diagnosis. Radiation oncologists use different types of radiation, including x-rays, gamma rays or electrons, to treat cancers and may also be used in conjunction with surgery and/or chemotherapy.
In addition, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center now offers the most precise, noninvasive treatment for brain tumors and other central nervous system disorders with the Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™. This is the only system of its kind in the Gulf South. If you are a physician, patient or caretaker and would like to learn more, please call (225) 767-0847 or click here.
For some patients, respiratory therapy may be needed for lung-related illnesses as a result of cancer or treatments. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and our partners offer this service to provide you with comprehensive care.
Many innovative practices that have improved radiation-based imaging and treatment technology are a result of collaboration between the Center’s physicians and medical physicists. These scientists are finding new ways to use technology to enhance patient care.
Tumor conferences allow for doctors of multiple disciplines to analyze and discuss patients with complex solid tumor and blood-related cancers to confer on potential treatment options.
The Tumor Registry collects data on cancer type, stage and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up. When combined with other cancer cases nationally, researchers are able to identify trends in cancer incidence and mortality, as well as patterns in diagnosis, treatment and survival.
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.