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There are many different types of cancer for which Ochsner can provide comprehensive treatment plans, most of which are outlined below. Our goal is to equip you with expert care providers to ensure that your cancer journey is filled with an experienced and knowledgeable team.

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When a tumor is found in the brain, spine or central nervous system, treatment needs to be comprehensive and cutting-edge. Ochsner’s Neuro-oncology group is made up of award-winning physicians, all experts in their field, who come together with one common goal — to create a unique plan of care tailored to each individual patient.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. If you’re one of them, you need to find out for yourself why women in the Gulf South choose Ochsner as their fighting partner. Our team offers an advanced approach to the diagnosis, treatment and management of breast cancer. Here at Ochsner, early detection and treatment options are leading to more positive outcomes every day.

Ochsner’s Department of Gastroenterology features an excellent therapeutic endoscopy program and offers treatment options for gastrointestinal cancers and other disorders. Focusing on patient safety, successful outcomes and excellent patient care are our main goals.

More women today are surviving gynecological cancers than ever before. Genetic testing, more effective surgeries and better chemotherapy are helping our patients live longer.

This year, nearly 65,000 people will develop head and neck cancer in the U.S. In the Gulf South region, one of the leading treatment centers for these kinds of cancers is Ochsner. With a combination of state-of-the-art imaging, minimally invasive techniques and a level of experience second to none, we make important decisions about the extent of the treatment required.

Our program specializes solely in the diagnosis and treatment blood count abnormalities, clotting disorders, bleeding disorders, hemoglobinopathies, and cancers of the blood, bone marrow, and lymphatic system.

There was a time when cancer of the liver was considered an incurable state. That time is no more. Current treatments can extend survival and even offer the chance of a cure in select patients. At the Ochsner Cancer Institute Liver Tumor Treatment Center, the full spectrum of cutting-edge technologies for care of patients with liver cancer and other liver tumors is available close to home, in the Gulf South. Our patient-centered approach ensures the highest quality care while maintaining patient comfort and minimizing treatment-related stress and anxiety.

The #1 cancer that kills women isn’t breast cancer; it’s lung cancer. It’s also the most deadly cancer in men. With our multidisciplinary approach and distinguished history in the battle against lung cancer, Ochsner is giving patients what they need to fight back.As a national leader in treating lung cancer, our programs don’t just meet the national standard, they exceed them.In addition, our research team conducts cutting edge clinical trials to test new methods of prevention and treatment. Ochsner also has the largest program in the Gulf South performing minimally invasive lung cancer surgeries.

At Ochsner, our team of skin cancer specialists is committed to providing personalized and coordinated care of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma from diagnosis through treatment, long-term follow-up and survivorship. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. In fact, approximately 1.2 million new skin cancers are expected each year.

A neuroendocrine tumor (NET) is a rare hormone producing tumor that affects neuroendocrine cells that are present throughout the nervous and endocrine systems. Most of the time it is very slow growing and it is often difficult to diagnose. The patient may present with vague symptoms such as flushing, diarrhea, palpitations, cardiac disease or wheezing. Because of the difficulty in diagnosing these tumors, diagnosis is delayed on average of 10 years.

When you, your child or someone you love is diagnosed with bone or soft tissue tumor, you summon up all the strength you have and start learning all you can. You find one of the top orthopedic oncology centers in the Gulf South – a team that can offer unparalleled expertise, advanced equipment and techniques, and clinical trials. And, then, you start fighting.

You would drive to the ends of the earth to get the care your child needs to fight cancer. Fortunately, you don’t have to. As part of Ochsner Cancer Institute, the leading cancer center in the Gulf South, patients at Ochsner Hospital for Children receive a level of care equal to that offered by the most revered pediatric cancer centers in America. The difference is we offer it close to home. Never underestimate the healing power of a child’s own pillow.

A Urologic Oncologist is specially trained in cancers of the urinary tracts of men and women, including cancers of the kidney, bladder, prostate, testes and genitalia. At Ochsner, the Division of Urological Oncology focuses on complex surgical problems, using organ and nerve sparing techniques, when possible, to preserve urinary, sexual and reproductive functions.

The kidneys are bean-shaped organs about the size of a bar of soap that are located in the low back area, one on each side of the spine. The kidneys filter waste and excess fluid from the blood and send this liquid and waste (urine) to the bladder through the ureters. Urine then leaves the body through the urethra.

Prostate cancer comes first to mind when you think of men's cancer. One in nine American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Nationally, that means more than 200,000 men will be diagnosed with the disease this year. When this type of cancer is diagnosed early, new advanced therapies allow patients a more rapid return to normal activity and a better quality of life after treatment.

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