Lane Cancer Center
No one wants to hear the “c” word. Yet unfortunately, cancer affects hundreds of people in our community each year. In our continuing efforts to address our community’s needs, Lane Regional Medical Center has recently expanded Lane Cancer Center to include Lane Hematology / Oncology Clinic as well as Radiation Oncology services.
In one central location in the heart of Zachary, Lane Cancer Center offers radiation therapy, chemotherapy, infusion services and medical visits. With easy parking, flexible scheduling, and a patient-friendly facility, Lane Cancer Center is making the fight against cancer a little easier.
At Lane Hematology/Oncology Clinic, medical oncologist Dr. Michael Castine and his staff of highly trained and experienced oncology infusion nurses provide care in a space specially designed for the patient's comfort.
Dr. Castine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all cancers and blood disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma and anemia. Our patients rely on his expertise, compassionate care, and philosophy of hope and optimism to help make this time of uncertainty a little less frightening.
Regardless of your cancer type or treatment plan, Dr. Castine and his supportive team will:
- Explain your cancer diagnosis and stage
- Discuss all of your treatment options and recommend the best course of treatment for your specific case
- Deliver high-quality, compassionate care
- Help maintain your quality of life by managing cancer-related pain, symptoms and treatment side effects
Chemotherapy as Cancer Treatment
If you and your doctor decide that chemotherapy is the best course of treatment for your cancer, the chemotherapy drugs that you receive will be specific for your cancer and proven to be the most effective against your unique cancer.
When choosing the right chemo treatment, Dr. Castine will consider your cancer type, if it has spread, how it affects your body and your general health. Nearly all cancer therapies use chemotherapy as a form of treatment.
Chemotherapy, also known as chemo, is the use of drugs or other chemical substances to treat cancer. It is one of a number of cancer treatment options at Lane Cancer Center and is often used in conjunction with cancer surgery or radiation therapy.
Chemo also refers to the types of drugs that are used to treat cancer. These drugs can include hormones that affect cancer cells, anti-cancer drugs to kill cancer cells directly, or biological agents that improve your immune system to fight cancer.
Chemo can be used to:
- Control the spread of cancer
- Cure cancer
- Destroy cancer cells that remain after surgery
- Reduce cancer symptoms
- Shrink a tumor before cancer surgery
With a shared commitment to serve the needs of the region, Lane Regional Medical Center and Baton Rouge General Medical Center have partnered to open the $4.5 million state-of-the-art Radiation Oncology Center at Lane Cancer Center.
Together, Dr. William Russell and Dr. Andrew Lauve bring the strength of a nationally recognized comprehensive cancer program and cancer treatment experts to serve our patients
Having convenient access to high-quality cancer care can help ease the challenges of treatment and recovery. You can now rely on:
- A convenient location
- Flexible scheduling
- Experienced caregivers
- Multidisciplinary care
- Recognized physician experts
Preparing for Your Appointment
For your first appointment, there are several documents that you will be asked to bring. These can include:
- Insurance cards
- Driver's license
- Previous health records
- List of all current medications (including how often each is taken and the dosage amounts)
- List of all your physicians and their contact information
We understand that each appointment may bring new topics that need to be discussed with your doctor. In order to make the most of your appointment time and to prevent things from being overlooked, we suggest keeping a list of all questions that you would like to ask, along with a notebook to record your own notes.
Cancer Screening and Prevention
Lane is committed to educating patients on the methods available for cancer screening and early detection. Although you cannot always prevent cancer, early detection is often critical to your long-term survival and health.
There are screening tests available for some cancer types. While not all cancers can be detected early, some can be, which can save your life.
Lane Cancer Center follows the American Cancer Society’s screening guidelines and offers information and screening for the following cancer types:
If you are concerned about your cancer risk, contact your primary care physician who can make additional recommendations for your specific concerns.
Guidelines for early cancer detection in individuals without symptoms have been determined by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. We encourage you to visit cancer.org and cancer.gov for more information.