Support Services

Cancer Nurses

Nursing at Ochsner is a critical element in the care of the cancer patient. Clinical research, patient education, direct bedside care and chemotherapy administration are just a few of the roles of the oncology nurse. Patient care is provided through collaboration between staff from nursing, pharmacy, social services, dietary services and rehabilitation services. Many of our nurses are recognized as Oncology Certified Nurses by the Oncology Nursing Society. All issues related to the nursing care of cancer patients are discussed monthly at our Oncology Nursing Council. This committee is charged with ensuring the continuity of care throughout the Ochsner system. Oncology nurse representatives from all departments participate in the council, including inpatient, outpatient, pediatric oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, and research, as well as a representative from nursing education. The development and revision of policies and procedures, along with patient education tools, are the responsibility of the Oncology Nursing Council and reflect Ochsner's multidisciplinary approach to providing continuity of care. Numerous opportunities exist for continuing education, which further enhance the clinical expertise of our oncology nurses. One example is the Oncology Nursing Journal Club, which meets approximately six times a year. Pertinent research articles are reviewed and critiqued with the assistance of a nursing professor from a local university.

Nutritional Support

Registered dieticians are available to assess individual needs and to work with the cancer patient and his or her family to develop strategies to meet the nutritional requirements necessary for healing and well-being. A registered dietician is assigned to Radiation Oncology to provide in-depth, individualized assessment for all new patients and ongoing support for patients as they go through the course of radiation therapy. Maintaining nutritional standards is of particular concern for patients undergoing radiation therapy for cancer of the head or neck, chest or gastrointestinal tract. The Ochsner dietitians also participate in The Breast Cancer Information and Support Group, providing nutritional tips and counseling on meal planning.

Oncology Social Work Services

The Ochsner Cancer Institute employs certified oncology social workers who provide a full array of services for hospitalized and clinic cancer patients and their families. These services include counseling and crisis intervention, providing information and referrals to community resources; and discharge planning (such as arranging for home health care, hospice and durable medical equipment.) Oncology social workers and Nurses coordinate three Cancer Support Groups which are held monthly for patients with all types of cancer, their families and friends: the General Cancer, Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Support Groups. Interested patients and care givers can call 842-3708 and ask to speak to a social worker for more information about the groups or to be placed on the mailing list. These groups are free and open to the cancer community. Three Cancer Support Groups are held monthly for patients with all types of cancer, their families and friends: the General Cancer, Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Support Groups. Click here for schedule.

Healing Yoga For Cancer Patients

Open to all cancer survivors, men and women

  • Casual or exercise attire
  • Class at no cost to patient
  • Bring a mat
  • No yoga experience required

Weekly on Thursdays, from 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center
5th Floor Sitting Area
1514 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

Louanne Cho, E-RYT 500, AWC
Elmwood Fitness Yoga Instructor
Uptown Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness Center, Owner

Click here to download a flyer.