Cancer Services and Treatments

As the leader in cancer treatment and services in Lafayette, LA, Lourdes has assembled a team of the best of brightest oncology specialists to lead the fight against cancer. The Lourdes Cancer Network offers patients and their families a full range of the most outstanding oncology services in Acadiana.

Cancer Treatment and Services
Lourdes understands the importance of cancer care close to home—our patients receive world-class surgical oncology and chemotherapy and infusion treatments without the added stress of travel to larger cities. 

A Powerful Cancer Care Network
Lourdes Cancer Network includes Lourdes Oncology Associates - an experienced group of board-certified oncologists and hematologists.

Outstanding Oncology Nurses
Our entire oncology nursing team voluntarily completed training as Biotherapy and Chemotherapy providers in 2010. Their commitment to providing the best possible care to every single patient is unmatched.

Accredited Cancer Services
Lourdes' cancer program received Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation, which is the highest level of accreditation for a cancer program, from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.

Celebrating Cancer Survivorship
Since 1990, Camp Bluebird has been an unique experience for adult cancer survivors to gather and enjoy nature and nurture through a creative, inspirational and educational atmosphere of support and fun. Learn more about becoming involved.

We encourage you to take control your health, by getting regular check-ups and cancer screenings.
Breast Cancer
Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms.
Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.
Colon and Rectal Cancer and Polyps
Starting at age 50, both men and women should follow one of these testing plans:
Colonoscopy every 10 years, or CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years, or
Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or
Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years
Cervical Cancer
Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should have a Pap test done every 3 years.
Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should have a Pap test plus an HPV test done every 5 years.

Lung Cancer
Guidelines for those who are at high risk of lung cancer due to cigarette smoking: 
55 to 74 years of age
In good health
Have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history AND are either still smoking or have quit within the last 15 years. Someone who smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years has a 30 pack-year smoking history, as does someone who smoked 2 packs a day for 15 years.

Prostate Cancer
Starting at age 50, men should talk to a health care provider about testing so they can decide if testing is the right choice for them. If you are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, you should have this talk with a health care provider starting at age 45.

Take charge of your health and:
Stay away from all forms of tobacco
Get to and stay at a healthy weight
Get moving with regular physical activity
Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables
Limit how much alcohol you drink
Protect your skin
Know yourself, your family history, and your risks
Get regular check-ups and cancer screening tests
Source: Cancer.org