There is a robust outpatient clinic activity with approximately 6000 patients with new cancer diagnoses seen each year. Those outpatient activities take place in the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center, a separate, dedicated outpatient facility housing clinics and the infusion center. An expansion to the cancer center opened in May 2020. This expansion doubles the size of the center, adding 100,000 square feet over five floors.
New patient wellness space includes areas dedicated to yoga, meditation, patient education and support groups. Future plans include a cosmetic and wig boutique, food and beverage options and services such as massage and acupuncture.
Multidisciplinary clinics in breast, lung, head and neck, and genitourinary cancers are in place.
The Ochsner Cancer Institute (OCI) was founded in 1981 and houses the clinical research and supportive care programs. Ochsner is a recipient of a National Cancer Institute NCORP Grant for clinical cancer research. Our cancer research program includes both NCI sponsored cooperative group trials as well as pharmaceutical industry trials. In addition, in 2016 a phase 1 clinical trials program (Precision Cancer Therapies Program) was instituted in collaboration with T-Gen (Phoenix, Arizona).
The Lieselotte Tansey Breast Cancer Center, which is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), is now located in the new expansion of the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center. The Tansey Center houses breast imaging and the multi-disciplinary breast clinic.
The Ochsner Leukemia, Blood, and Bone Marrow Transplantation Program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) for adults undergoing autologous stem cell transplants. Both autologous and allogeneic transplants are performed in our center.
Ochsner Medical Center is ranked in the Top 10% in the nation for cancer by CareChex, a Division of Comparion.