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Rare Cancer Program

Treatment for rare cancers in New Orleans

At East Jefferson General Hospital, we don’t just treat cancers, we specialize in them. Our unique Rare Cancer program is powered by the latest and greatest expertise, technology, treatments, and therapies to accurately diagnose and fight uncommon cancers.

Though your cancer may be rare, it doesn’t mean you’re in this alone. Our cancer care team—including board-certified oncologists, surgeons, diagnostic imaging experts, and more—has extensive experience caring for patients and the specific challenges that come with each unique rare cancer diagnosis. They’re here to support you at every step of your journey.

Call 504.503.5426 to schedule a consultation or fill out the consultation request form.

What is a rare cancer?

A cancer is considered rare when it occurs in fewer than 15 out of 100,000 people each year. Because less is known about these types of cancers, they can be more challenging to diagnose and treat than more common cancers. That’s why our program is staffed by experts with experience caring for patients with the rarest cancer cases.

Rare cancers we treat

We treat a range of rare cancers, including:

  • Adrenal gland cancer (adrenal cortical carcinoma)
  • Bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Female germ cell tumors
  • Gastrointestinal lymphoma
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST)
  • Intestine cancer (small bowel carcinoma)
  • Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma)
  • Medullary and anaplastic thyroid cancer
  • Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), including bronchopulmonary tumors, thymic tumors, pancreatic tumors, and intestinal tumors)
  • Sarcoma
  • Stomach cancer (gastric carcinoma)
  • Testicular cancer

Rare cancer treatments we offer

Your cancer may be unique, but so are you. Our team of experts customizes your treatment plan to your specific needs. Treatment may involve one of more of the following:

  • Advanced endoscopic therapy, including video capsule endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic tumor resection, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and endoscopic stent placement
  • Chemotherapy, including personalized medicine
  • Clinical trials
  • Immune therapy
  • Liver directed therapy, including embolization, chemoembolization, radioembolization, and microwave ablation
  • Radiation therapy, including stereotactic body radiotherapy
  • Radioisotope therapy (PRRT)
  • Surgical intervention, including subspeciality trained physicians in gastrointestinal (GI) surgical oncology, hepatobiliary oncology, urologic oncology, head and neck oncology, and gynecologic oncology

Your East Jefferson rare cancer care team

Our rare cancer care team includes professionals with different specialty areas—and experience treating the rarest forms of cancer. Your team may include:

  • Clinical trial specialists
  • Database specialists
  • Infusion nurses
  • Interventional radiology specialists in oncology procedures
  • Medical oncologists
  • Nurse navigators
  • Oncology-specific nutrition counselors
  • Palliative and supportive care specialists
  • PhD research staff
  • Radiation oncology specialists
  • Surgical oncology specialists
Meet the team