BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Beginning October 2016, Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes will have access to fully-integrated cancer care in one location. Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge officially announced plans Tuesday for the $12.8 million Ochsner Baton Rouge Cancer Center.
The new dedicated space, made possible in part by the generosity of community donors, will be located in the current Physicians Plaza II building at the O'Neal Lane campus.
The Ochsner Baton Rouge Cancer Center will be the first in Baton Rouge to conveniently offer a hematology/oncology outpatient clinic with both chemotherapy infusion and radiation oncology services on one floor in the same building. The addition of radiation oncology will also benefit the underserved population of East Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes that do not currently have access to this service.
Dr. Burke "Jay" Brooks, chairman of Ochsner's Baton Rouge Hematology/Oncology Department, has been helping patients battle cancer at Ochsner for nearly three decades and is excited to offer more streamlined options. "These patients and their families should have one focus—to get better," said Brooks. "Knowing that they can do that in one place instead of having to coordinate multiple visits to different facilities across town will be a huge relief. The less they have to worry about, the better outcomes we can anticipate."
The timing for the expansion of cancer care is critical. Louisiana ranks near the highest in the U.S. for cancer deaths and one in three Louisianans will battle an invasive cancer in their lifetime. Over the next decade cancer is estimated to increase nationally by 50 percent. Cancer deaths worldwide are projected to reach 13 million annually by 2030.
Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge is estimated to see an additional 1,500 patients in 2016. The Ochsner Health System as a whole is predicting a 30 percent increase in cancer care over the next five years.
Future plans for the Ochsner Baton Rouge Cancer Center also include the addition of breast surgery, thoracic oncology, gynecology oncology, head and neck cancer and MOHS Treatment for skin cancer.