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Rare Cancer Program

Learn more about the Rare Cancer Program

All cancer diagnoses are difficult to process and navigate—but a rare cancer diagnosis? That can be the most challenging of them all.

At the East Jefferson General Hospital, we don’t just treat rare cancers, we specialize in it. Our unique 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, that doesn’t mean you are in this alone. Our team of board-certified oncologists, surgeons, diagnostic imaging experts, and more have extensive experience caring for patients with the specific difficulties of a rare cancer diagnosis.

To schedule a consultation, call us at 504.503.5426 or fill out this form.

What to expect

  • A team of experts with experience treating rare cancers
  • The latest cancer tech, treatments, and therapies
  • A personalized, custom care plan for every patient
  • Support, understanding, and compassion at every step of your journey

What rare cancers do we treat?

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 toughest cases, including:

  • Neuroendocrine tumors (bronchopulmonary, thymic, pancreatic, and intestinal NET)
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma (liver cancer)
  • Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer)
  • Adrenal cortical carcinoma (adrenal gland cancer)
  • Medullary and Anaplastic thyroid cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal tumors (GIST)
  • Sarcoma
  • Testicular cancer
  • Female germ cell tumors
  • Gastric carcinoma (stomach cancer)
  • Small bowel carcinoma (intestine cancer)
  • Gastrointestinal lymphoma

What treatments are offered?

Your cancer may be uncommon, but so are you. Every treatment plan is custom created by a team of experts to fit each patient’s unique needs.

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

Meet your cancer care team

Our multidisciplinary team includes a variety of experts with experience treating the rarest forms of cancer, including:

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