October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in a year when most health news has been focused on the pandemic, now is an important time to be reminded of the other diseases that affect our communities and loved ones. Whether in the office or via telehealth appointments, healthcare professionals across the city have resumed seeing patients and offering the screenings and check-ups so important to maintaining health
This month, check in with your doctor about what cancer screenings might be advised for your age group, and encourage your family members to do the same. Clinics and hospitals are taking every precaution to protect patients from COVID-19 while continuing their fight against cancer. Many local institutions have won awards and received recent accreditations for their exceptional offerings and state of the art centers. Stay up-to-date with the latest news from the following area hospitals, cancer centers, and care providers.
Hospitals & Cancer Centers
Children’s Hospital New Orleans
The LaNasa-Greco Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children›s Hospital New Orleans treats more than 1,100 children with cancer or blood disorders each year. The hospital provides treatment and transplantation for children with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, and other childhood cancers and blood disorders.
Children’s Hospital’s Cancer Program is accredited with an Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons and is a longtime member of the Children’s Oncology Group. Children’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program is the only pediatric FACT-accredited program in Louisiana and is available to children who may need a stem cell transplant without leaving the state. The Pediatric Survivorship and Late Effects Program provides multidisciplinary care for survivors. Children’s has developed the Adolescent & Young Adult Program for Oncology in collaboration with LCMC Health’s adult hospitals to deliver specialized care for this subset of patients.
Children’s received accreditation as a federally recognized Hemophilia Treatment Center, providing multispecialty care to Louisiana children with all types of bleeding disorders, and its Sickle Cell Program offers comprehensive care to the largest pediatric sickle cell population statewide.
For more information, visit chnola.org or call 504-896-9740.
Thibodaux Regional Health System
Construction continues on Thibodaux Regional Health System’s new 80,000-squarefoot Cancer Institute.
“Cancer impacts the lives of so many people,” says Greg Stock, CEO of Thibodaux Regional. “We are excited to build a premier facility that will continue to provide patients with high quality cancer care close to home.”
Designed with the patient in mind, the Institute will feature an open design with lots of natural light and soothing decor that creates a warm and caring healing environment. The innovative and technologically advanced facility will include radiation therapy and chemotherapy infusion, medical and radiation oncology clinics, clinic space for visiting oncology specialists, an education center, an activity center, a library, a diagnostics center, a laboratory, an onsite pharmacy, a conference center, and a chapel. The Cancer Institute will also further integrate wellness services with the latest treatments.
For more information about cancer care at Thibodaux Regional, call 985-493-4008.
Touro’s Comprehensive Cancer Program provides collaborative care and support through cancer diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and survivorship. At Touro, you’ll find the latest cancer-fighting treatments and expert surgeons and specialists offering compassionate care and support to patients and their families. Patients can visit with several specialists in one location, often during one appointment, and receive one-stop cancer care. Touro’s supportive cancer care program provides mental, emotional, spiritual, and social support from the time your cancer is diagnosed through treatment and beyond. The Touro team takes an approach that focuses on the whole person, not just the disease.
Touro’s Cancer Program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, which is recognized as the gold standard in cancer care. This accreditation reflects Touro’s commitment to offer the highest level of cancer care for patients. Learn more about Touro’s Cancer Program by visiting touro.com/cancer/.
Home Care Services
Personal Homecare Services
When you can’t be at home to care for your family member, you want peace of mind knowing that the person who is there will treat your loved one with the same level of care and concern that you would. At Personal Homecare Services, your family is their family. For over 22 years Personal Homecare Services has been providing 24/7, in-home companion care. The company offers clients the ability to remain in the comfort of their own home with their personal memories and possessions while you regain the time and energy needed to experience being a real family again.
Personal Homecare Services is one of the first non-medical services specializing in live-in care and working in conjunction with doctors, healthcare providers, and hospices to provide continuous around-the-clock care without the worry and expense of hourly services. They’ve built a solid reputation with word-of-mouth referral, evidence of the trust their clients have in their caretakers and services. Services include meal preparation, help with personal hygiene, medicinal reminders, light housekeeping, transportation to/from appointments, and companionship.
References are available upon request. To learn more, visit PersonalHomecare.net or call 877-336-8045.