Louisiana’s First Lung Cancer Center Open for Business

4/1/2014

Louisiana’s first and only dedicated lung cancer clinic is now accepting patients. The Lung Mass Clinic at Cancer Center of Acadiana (CCA) at Lafayette General Medical Center has assembled a group of physicians dedicated to handling potential lung cancer cases.

"This is the next level of evolution for our cancer center,” says Craig Ortego, Vice President of Cancer Services for Lafayette General Health. "The whole intent is to get the patient seen quickly, get them diagnosed quickly and get treatment started as soon as possible. Early detection is the key,” says Ortego.

The Lung Mass Clinic is modeled after a similar facility in Indiana, and was over two years in the making. Pulmonologist Gary Guidry, M.D., says it is not unlike other notable specialty centers such as The Cleveland Clinic.

Once at the Lung Mass Clinic, a patient has access to the largest range of diagnostic testing available under one roof in Louisiana, says Dr. Guidry. "Every modality available is done at our clinic,” he says.

Ortego says CCA’s amenities make it the ideal set-up. "Patients referred to the Lung Mass Clinic get access to all the resources of CCA, such as a patient navigator, dietitian, social worker, psychologist and our entire support staff,” he says.

"There’s no reason to travel to different locations across town or out of the area,” adds Dr. Guidry. "Any advanced testing or procedure can be done right here at Lafayette General Medical Center,” he says.

The American Cancer Society estimates there could be nearly 3,500 cases of lung cancer diagnosed in Louisiana this year, making it the second-most diagnosed cancer in the state. Lung cancer is also one of the more lethal forms of cancer. That outlook prompted Dr. Guidry to work with Lafayette General to recruit a group of pulmonologists to operate this specialized clinic. Dr. Guidry, Dwayne Brown, M.D., Jody Rosson, M.D., Brad Broussard, M.D., and Javier Diequez, M.D., staff the clinic.

There are currently two days of clinics and two days of procedures scheduled each week. But, as the new clinic grows, additional clinical days are expected.

The Lung Mass Clinic at CCA:

Brad A. Broussard, M.D.
W. Dwayne Brown, M.D.
Javier F. Diequez, M.D.
G. Gary Guidry, M.D.
B. Jody Rosson, M.D.
Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

1211 Coolidge Street, Suite 100

Appointments: (337) 704-2050

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