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Franciscan Health Cancer Center Lafayette, Lafayette, IN

Franciscan Health Cancer Center Lafayette

As one of Indianas largest cancer programs, Franciscan Health offers leading-edge cancer care. Were accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for offering the very best care as a comprehensive community cancer program.

1701 S. Creasy Lane
Suite 1W70
Lafayette, IN 47905


(765) 502-4960

Cancer Care Lafayette

Outstanding cancer care in Lafayette

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.

National Recognition

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.

Nurse Navigator

Oncology Nurse Navigator Lafayette, Indiana

It's not easy to hear the words, "You have cancer." The emotions can be overwhelming as you struggle with a seemingly endless list of questions and treatment decisions. 

The Oncology Nurse Navigator in Lafayette Indiana is a registered nurse, specially trained in cancer care, and serves as a guide and advocate for you and your family. 

Through each phase of treatment the cancer nurse navigator works with your entire care team to coordinate the best care possible, while also helping you regain control and maximize the quality of your life. 

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Holly Cummins, RN - Oncology Nurse Navigator

Contact our Lafayette Cancer Nurse Navigator

How Can a Cancer Nurse Navigator in Lafayette, Indiana Help You? 

  • Single point of contact for the care team. 
  • Education and information about your diagnosis, treatment options and care plan.
  • Assistance with timely appointments, insurance issues and access to resources. 
  • Emotional support and encouragement. 

How we treat your cancer

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 time from diagnosis to definitive care is significantly shortened by a well coordinated care plan. The time can be shortened by weeks, which is imperative in getting to the cancer earlier to effectively treat it.
  • The communication between physicians happens at a faster rate. All the physicians have each other’s direct contact information. They can communicate directly and move the patient through the process more efficiently. All unnecessary delays are minimized.
  • Your primary care physician stays informed through the entire process. With access to your complete medical history, he or she can manage your care over a long period of time.

Annual Cancer Reports

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:

    • Summary of cancer incidence by primary site and gender
    • Number of cancer cases referred to Franciscan Health Lafayette East from surrounding counties
    • Review of the four major cancer sites including incidence, age at diagnosis, and stage

    This data is reported to both the Indiana State Department of Health Cancer Registry and the American College of Surgeons National Cancer Data Base.

    Annual Reports

    Infusion Therapy in Lafayette

    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:

    • Do not need to be hospitalized
    • Do not have insurance that covers home care
    • Prefer the ease and convenience of a clinical appointment

    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.

    What to expect

    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 at Franciscan Health Lafayette East features: 

    • Semi-private infusion bays with TVs, charging stations and room for guests. 
    • Private room option
    • Family retreat waiting area
    • Heated massage chairs

    About the Infusion Center

    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.

    Please call us with any questions

    We're ready to answer your questions about Infusion Care in Lafayette. Please call (765) 502-4960 if you have any questions.

    Our Team

    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.

    Medical Oncologists

    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.

    Oncology certified nurses

    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

    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

    Nursing assistants provide basic patient care and support under the direction and supervision of a registered professional nurse.

    Social Workers

    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.​

    Tumor Registry

    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.

    Support Services

    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.

    Support groups and classes

    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

    Comprehensive support services

    A variety of clinical and patient care services that support patients and families during cancer treatment are available, including:

    Dietary and nutritional counseling

    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. ​

    Physical therapy and rehabilitation

    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. ​

    Social services and case management

    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.

    Educational Materials

    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

    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. ​

    Pain Management

    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.

    Hospice Care

    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.

    Financial Services

    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.

    Community Resources

    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.

    Treatments and Procedures

    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

    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 / Hematology

    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

    Imaging services assist in the diagnosis of cancer and enable us to follow the progress of your treatment.

    Providers of Franciscan Health Cancer Center Lafayette

    Samantha K. Carney AGPCNP-BC, MSN, Hematology and Medical Oncology

    Samantha Carney AGPCNP-BC, MSN More information about this practitioner

    Primary Specialty: Hematology and Medical Oncology

    Taylor M. Ortiz MD, Hematology and Medical Oncology

    Taylor Ortiz MD

    Primary Specialty: Hematology and Medical Oncology

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