Quality of life is an important issue for cancer patients and the goal shared by Ochsner’s Hematology/Oncology Section. To that extent, the multi-faceted team that heads up the section is recognized both nationally and internationally.
Ochsner’s hematology/oncology physicians and nurses are pioneering unique forms of care for patients who undergo chemotherapy. Anti-nausea drugs and other methods are used to diminish the side effects of therapy. They’ve discovered ways to minimize irritation at the site of drug administration, diminish low blood counts and reduce weakness and fatigue. The nurses, physicians, social workers and other members of the section all work together to provide the highest quality of care for Ochsner’s cancer patients.
Additionally, the Section’s the physicians meet in a weekly conference with other physicians from Oncologic Surgery and Radiation Oncology to coordinate the integrated care of cancer patients.