Support Group in Lafayette, IN
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1701 S. Creasy Lane
Lafayette, IN 47905
Cancer is a powerful word that can change your life instantly. As one of Indiana’s largest cancer programs, Franciscan Health Lafayette East offers leading-edge cancer care. We’re accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for offering the very best care as a comprehensive community cancer program.
What does this mean for you as a patient? It means you can trust us to provide the very latest cancer therapies and technologies in a convenient, caring environment. And, it means you have a skilled and experienced team of medical experts working together with you in the fight against cancer.
We offer a wide range of treatment options, including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, specialized surgeries, blood and marrow transplantation and the full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient cancer care.
Our oncology program has been recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as offering the very best in cancer care.
It is a recognition of the quality of our comprehensive, multidisciplinary patient care. We’re dedicated to offering the best cancer care, and are proud to have brought the very best in today’s cancer treatment closer to home.
For more information or physician referral, call (765) 502-4960.
Our patient-centered, team approach to care has always been the foundation of our cancer program. A team of physicians, from a variety of specialty areas, works together to provide the best cancer care – from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
This approach enables physicians to collaborate on your treatment plan to determine the best course of care, based on their collective expertise.
This approach offers many benefits to patients, including:
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has certified Franciscan Health - Lafayette East's Cancer Center as a Comprehensive Cancer Program. This approval recognizes the high standard of care provided to cancerpatients and the commitment of the physicians, staff, administration and the Cancer Registry to providing such care.
As a Comprehensive Cancer Program, we're dedicated to publishing an annual report containing:
This data is reported to both the Indiana State Department of Health Cancer Registry and the American College of Surgeons National Cancer Data Base.
Infusion therapy, receiving medication intravenously through a needle or catheter, becomes part of your cancer treatment plan when your condition becomes severe enough that oral medications are no longer effective.
Our Infusion Center is a good option if you:
The Infusion Center at Franciscan Health Lafayette East combines a state-of-the-art facility with Franciscan quality care dedicated to services and procedures for cancer patients.
On your first visit, please enter the hospital via the Visitor Entrance.
You will have an option of chair either in a semi-private treatment bay or in a private room.
Our heated and massaging recliners offer a restful and relaxing environment where you can watch TV, visit with a loved one or order a meal from our dining service.
A Family Retreat is just around the corner, complete with a television, computer with Internet access and vending machines.
The infusion center has two private rooms and four semi-private infusion bays with large windows and seating for a guest.
Special attention is given to patient comfort. While you receive treatment, you can order a meal, adjust your heated recliner and watch your own private television.
We're ready to answer your questions about Infusion Care in Lafayette. Please call (765) 502-4960 if you have any questions.
Our cancer care team consists of a number of experts from a variety of specialties who work closely together to guide you through evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Our Cancer Center is adjcent to Franciscan Phsycian Network Oncology & Hematology Specialists Lafayette. We also partner with Lafayette Cancer Care, a division of Unity Healthcare to guide you through your healing journey following a cancer diagnosis. Medical Oncologists are the "directors and managers" of cancer patients' medical needs. These physicians direct all the patient’s therapies including chemotherapy, management of treatment side effects, and management of cancer complications such as pain, malnutrition, and others.
Our cancer patients will also be seen by a hospitalist each day. A hospitalist is a licensed physician who is trained in internal medicine, family practice or other related fields, and who specializes in treating patients who are in the hospital.
An Oncology Certified Nurse, or OCN®, means a nurse has the knowledge to competently care for adult patients with cancer. Certified oncology nurses have proven their knowledge of cancer care by undergoing rigorous education and training. The result is a comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of cancer care. Before achieving this certification, these nurses must have experience as cancer nurses. And, they must have completed educational programs where they learned more about cancer care. More nurses in Franciscan Health - Lafayette East’s Cancer Care Center have completed their OCN certification than any other inpatient facility in our area.
Palliative Care is both a philosophy of care and an organized system of caring for our patients. The goal of palliative care is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for people facing the pain, symptoms and stresses of serious illness.
Nursing assistants provide basic patient care and support under the direction and supervision of a registered professional nurse.
Social workers provide assistance with education, information and referrals to community resources. They also act as a liaison between patients and the medical team, assisting patients and families in navigating the health care system, finding information needed to make choices about treatment and managing daily challenges of living with cancer.
Pharmacists work closely with the physicians and nurses of the Cancer Center to ensure that your personalized medication plan is initiated effectively and closely managed.
In most cases, nutrition and weight control is an important component of your overall health. Proper nutrition can alleviate symptoms due to cancer treatment and prevent future disease. Our registered dietitians can help you develop an individualized nutrition plan that fits your lifestyle.
As a comprehensive cancer center accredited by the American College of Surgeons, Franciscan Health Lafyette East participates in national electronic tumor registry. Patients who are diagnosed and treated for any type of cancer at Franciscan Health Lafayette East are included in this confidential registry, which collects more than 130 items of medical data during treatment - and throughout the rest of the patient's lifetime. Non-identifiable registry information is reported to the Indiana State Cancer Registry and the National Cancer Database. This allows cancer centers across the nation to compare, study and share the best practices for planning treatments, improving outcomes, identifying high risk groups, analyzing survival rates and more.
When you're facing a cancer diagnosis, the support of caring professionals helps you and your family find an extra amount of strength to face the challenges cancer brings.
That's why support is a vital part of our cancer care. Educational programs, information resources, counseling and a host of other services and amenities help cancer patients and their loved ones learn to adapt to the changes in their lives.
In partnership with the American Cancer Society, patients and families have access to an enhanced level of support groups and classes.
Support groups for caregivers, breast and colorectal cancer patients are available, as well as a unique offering of yoga, cooking and other classes designed to help with emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Visit the American Cancer Society's listing of support classes.
A variety of clinical and patient care services that support patients and families during cancer treatment are available, including:
Good nutrition can help your body fight disease. If you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy, our registered dietician is available to work with you and your family.
Outpatient physical and occupational therapies are provided on the Lafayette Central campus. We’ll help you find the most convenient location, and certified therapists will tailor a personalized program around your needs.
Licensed clinical social workers and case managers are available to help you and your family cope with cancer, enhance the quality of care and handle any related issues that may arise.
Many of our patients like to learn as much as they can about the disease they are fighting. A partnership with the West Lafayette library allows us to offer our cancer patients educational materials through the National Cancer Institute. The library can make these materials available to you through an inter-library loan with our own hospital medical library.
Spiritual care services are available 24 hours a day. The St. Francis Chapel at Franciscan Health Lafayette East provides a quiet place for prayer and meditation, and Chaplains and lay clergy representing various faiths are available. Through Spiritual Care, we can also assist you with living wills and other ministerial needs.
If you are in pain or simply feel uncomfortable, talk with a member of your cancer team. We offer pain management options and programs to all of our cancer patients.
If you are no longer seeking active medical treatment and wish to have end of life care provided in the comfort of your own home, you may be interested in hospice care. Certified hospice nurses provide numerous specialized services, including pain and symptom control, durable medical equipment management and bereavement care for the entire family.
We want you to concentrate on your fight against cancer so you can get better. We don’t want you to worry about billing and insurance services. Our financial counselors will work with you and your family to find the best financial options for you.
We’ll connect you with local chapters and services in our community. We also offer materials and resources about different types of cancer and can make referrals related to cosmetic enhancement, such as wigs and prosthetics.
Our Cancer Center in Lafayette brings everything together – experience, equipment, proven techniques and a skilled staff – and makes it convenient. You can trust us to provide the very latest technologies and cancer therapies in a caring environment.
Radiation oncology, also called radiation therapy, uses beams of energy (delivered by a linear accelerator) to damage the DNA of tumor cells so they stop growing and spreading. The radiation oncology services offered at Faith, Hope and Love are directed by our board-certified radiation oncologists.
Faith Hope and Love treats patients with advanced technology for image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Doctors at the center utilize the powerful Trilogy linear accelerator and imaging system from Varian Medical Systems, which make it possible to deliver a wide range of ultra-precise treatments with great speed. Faith Hope and Love Cancer Center was among the first in Indiana to deploy this new technology.
"This state-of-the-art system makes it possible for us to treat patients with the most advanced radiotherapy techniques, using the most clinically efficient processes in the world. It provides us with more versatility and precision than we’ve ever had, for customizing treatments according to the specifics of each patient’s case." - Kazumi Chino, MD, Radiation Oncologist at Faith, Hope and Love Cancer Center
Medical oncology involves the use of chemotherapy, hormone therapy and immunotherapy to treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Alone or in combination with other treatments, medical oncology uses anti-cancer drugs to kill cancer cells anywhere in the body. Chemotherapy, the most common form of medical oncology, is administered intravenously (IV), in pill form, by injection or one of several other methods.
Because cancer cells travel in the bloodstream, Hematology, which deals with blood disorders including leukemia and Hodgkin’s may be part of your treatment plan.
The medical oncology services offered at Franciscan Health Lafayette East are directed by our board-certified medical oncologists and hematologists. They are assisted by an experienced team of registered oncology nurses and licensed practical nurses on site.
Surgery is often the first option for treating cancer. Franciscan Health - Lafayette East offers convenient, state-of-the-art surgical services. Our expert surgical team includes general surgeons and physician specialists, experienced surgical nurses and technologists. Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive techniques to help lessen your discomfort and recovery time.
Mammography uses a safe, low-dose form of radiation to identify abnormalities in the breast long before they are noticeable by a self examination. Digital screening and diagnostic mammograms, MRIs and ultrasounds are all available through the Breast Center to help in the fight against breast cancer.
Imaging services assist in the diagnosis of cancer and enable us to follow the progress of your treatment.