Ochsner Cancer Center expands services after completing facility upgrade

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New PET-CT equipment at Ochsner Cancer Center – Baton Rouge.
Photo courtesy of Ochsner Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Ochsner Cancer Center in Baton Rouge has announced an expansion of services following the completion of its new facility upgrade.

The facility is now offering appointments with physicians specializing in the following services:

  • Radiation oncology
  • Surgical oncology
  • Gynecologic oncology
  • Breast oncology
  • Thoracic surgical oncology
  • Cutaneous (skin) surgical oncology
  • Urologic oncology

“Cancer care is about so much more than just treating the cancer,” says Dr. Burke “Jay” Brooks, chairman of Ochsner’s Department of Hematology/Oncology. “We have two state-of-the-art cancer centers in Baton Rouge and a dedicated surgical suite for skin cancer treatment. Patients get excellent cancer treatment, but then it goes beyond that at Ochsner.”

Ochsner officials said the facility upgrade renovated 1,668 of the over 20,000 square feet on the cancer center’s first floor, converted ancillary space into patient-facing diagnostic and treatment areas, and upgraded its PET scan technology.

Construction costs were approximately $1.36 million and costs for new equipment exceeded an additional $1 million, according to Ochsner.

“Our integrated electronic medical record system means that our cardiologists know what the medical oncologists and radiation oncologists know,” added Dr. Brooks. “Your Ochsner primary care physician has access to the same records, tests and scans as the specialists. There is no fractured care, and everyone is on the same page.”

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