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OGHS Cancer Center

Centre de la Vie
3983 I-49 South Service Road.
Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Opelousas General Health System's NEW Comprehensive Cancer Center, Centre de la Vie, (Center of Life)located on the first floor of South Campus,
3983 I-49 South Service Road, Opelousas
is now open.

For the convenience of our patients, the new center will be the first in the Acadiana region to offer chemotherapy, hematology, radiation and infusion therapy in one location. The convenience of having all of these services under one roof, will offer less travel and allow patients to stay close to home to receive treatment.

The comfortable waiting rooms, modernized exam rooms, and family like atmosphere are a few of the amenities offered.

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:
Telephone: (337) 942-1126 FAX: (337) 948-3881

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Our multidisciplinary team of physicians, radiation technologists, social workers, nurses and staff are committed to treating more than just your disease - we are dedicated to enhancing your life.

Our focus is on 'Patient Centered Care' where each patient is a unique biological, social, psychological, ethnic and spiritual being. Our goal is to ensure that every aspect of your care is adequately and compassionately addressed.

Dr. Julian Krawczyk and Dr. John Anderson are board certified radiation oncologists, who carry the experience and knowledge to provide state-of-the-art, custom-tailored treatment to specialized diagnosis.

Dr. Constance Cole and Dr. Kristen Sager are board certified medical oncologist and hematologist, equally offers qualified training and experience in treating all types of cancers and blood disorders.

Our Infusion Center, with experienced nurses provide chemotherapy and non-chemotherapy infusions and injections for a host of multiple diagnosis from cancer to anemia.

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Cancer Detection, Diagnosis &Treatment

At Centre de la Vie, we're committed to treating more than just your disease-we're dedicated to improving your way of life.

Tumor Board

Tumor Board consists of a multidisciplinary team of physicians who meet twice a month to discuss newly diagnosed cancers.

Multidisciplinary Team

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.


Specialized Services

  • Surgical Oncology

    Surgery is the primary treatment for several types of cancer.

    The Surgical Oncologist plays a major role in the treatment of many cancers. Surgery is the primary treatment for several types of cancer, and it is the Oncologist's job to evaluate the patient and determine whether additional therapy is needed.

    In some cases, the surgeon can provide a cure by removing the tumor. In others, surgery can reduce a patient's discomfort or extend his life. The surgeon also educates the patient about the need for follow-up therapy after surgery, such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and / or radiation therapy.

  • Medical Oncology

    Medical oncology includes chemotherapy, immunotherapy and other treatments, often in combination, to treat cancer.

    There are several non-surgical treatments for cancer. The Medical Oncologist specializes in these treatments and in the management of complications caused by cancer. Treatment planning is tailored to the particular type of cancer and the individual patient.

    Medical Oncologists turn to chemotherapy, immunotherapy and other treatments, often in combination, to treat cancer.

    Chemotherapy attacks cancer cells by using medicines introduced into the blood or body cavities. Immunotherapy uses medicines to help the body's defenses work harder to fight the cancer cells.

    These treatments, sometimes combined with surgery and / or radiation therapy, are powerful tools in stopping or slowing cancer growth. Oncologists monitor patients' progress with physical examinations and laboratory screening, and work with primary physicians to develop the best care for the individual patient.

    Cancer Treatment and Services
    • Complete Care
    • Treatment
    • Nursing Oncology
    • Support Services
    • Community Services
    • Radiation Oncology

      The medical specialty that is involved in the use of radiation (X-rays, gamma rays, or electrons) to treat cancer.

    • 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.

      Each year, we contact the patient and / or physician for an update of the patient's cancer status and his quality of life. The yearly contact also reminds patients to schedule routine medical exams, thus increasing the chance for early detection of cancer recurrences.

      The Tumor Registry provides a central location for physicians to access a patient's complete cancer history, monitor patient progress, analyze treatment results and evaluate the overall quality of care offered through the Complete Cancer Care Program.

      In accordance with Louisiana law, the Tumor Registry maintains strict confidentiality regarding patient information.

      Individual patients are never identified in any reports published by the registry.

    • Infusion Clinic

      Provides injections and infusions for a variety of chronic conditions.

      We also offer the following services for patient convenience:
      • On-site laboratory services
      • Nurse navigation
      • Oncology specialized pharmacist
      • Financial counseling

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Treatment Options

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.

For more information visit the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Society.

Advanced Technology

Opelousas General Health System offers state-of-the-art imaging technology for the screening, detection and diagnosis of cancers, including CT, MRI, PET, mammography, stereotactic biopsies and ultrasound-assisted biopsies.

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