Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event. You may be experiencing many different emotions and feel overwhelmed with all of the decisions you need to make. At Lafayette Cancer Care, we are here to help you through every step of the process.
Our mission is to deliver the best cancer care by understanding the individual needs of each patient and working as a team to deliver the most compassionate and comprehensive care.
Our physicians and staff are focused on helping our patients on their healing journey. As our patient, you will receive our undivided attention and complete to devotion your care. We promise this will be evident from the time you come in for your initial consultation through the moment we declare you have “beat cancer!”
Lafayette Cancer Care has been certified by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, for its commitment to quality cancer care.
When faced with cancer, you want the most advanced care available. At the same time, you want your care to be delivered in a comfortable setting by kind and compassionate people. We understand the challenges you and your family face during this uncertain time, and our friendly and caring staff are dedicated to delivering high-quality, personalized care with the compassion you deserve.
Our philosophy is to care for the whole person, not just to fight the disease.
Each day, we witness ordinary people facing the extraordinary challenges of cancer and we witness people living fully in spite of their disease. And each day, we witness moments of inspiration, grace, and strength.
We do whatever we can to empower patients and caregivers, and to be a source of personal strength in the battle to defeat cancer.
Lafayette Cancer Care has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI® Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.
To become certified, Lafayette Cancer Care participated in an evaluation of practice policies and procedures and documentation standards, as well as an on-site review and peer review by a team of oncology professionals, related to treatment planning; preparation and administration of chemotherapy treatments; patient consent and education; monitoring and assessment of patient well-being; and staff training and education. Lafayette Cancer Care also demonstrated oncology practices consistent with the highest standards of care and met benchmark scores on specific evidence-based and consensus quality measures.
Thank you for choosing Lafayette Cancer Care.
For your convenience, we are in the office from Monday through Friday from 8 am – 5 pm.
If you have a concern after hours, we do have 24-hour emergency access. Please call our main number if you need to speak with a physician after hours.
Phone: 765.446.5050 or 888.438.8080
Billing Questions: 765.449.2732 or 888.449.2732
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (This email is for general inquiries only. Established patients should call the office or message us through the Follow My Health patient portal.)
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, please call our office at 765.446.5050 to speak with our New Patient Coordinator.
The New Patient Coordinator will set up an appointment for you to meet with an oncologist and help you understand what to expect during your first visit.
Please be prepared to provide the following information to the New Patient Coordinator:
You do not need a referral from a doctor to contact us or to meet with one of our experts.
1345 Unity Place, Suite 135
Lafayette, IN 47905
Leading Edge Therapies
Cancer care has made many advances in the last decade. Chemotherapy has been refined to more accurately attack cancer cells, which makes the side effects much more tolerable. Cancer care has advanced beyond just the use of chemotherapy. Oncologists can now control tumors with hormonal therapy and at the cellular regenerational level. Additionally, expanded technology has fueled vast improvements in effective use of radiation therapy.
Day by day, cancer care is improved and augmented by intensive research that takes place worldwide – and as it does our staff studies and adopts the latest treatments that offer more hope for effective treatment for our patients.
Our oncologists are also hematologists. They treat blood related disorders related to red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, blood vessels, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, and the proteins involved in bleeding and clotting. The most common issues we treat are:
Anemia: A condition in which the number of red blood cells is below normal.
Clotting Disorders: An increased tendency for excessive blood clotting.
Hemochromatosis: An iron overload. The body stores more iron than it needs, which is stored in the liver, heart, and pancreas, and cause a variety of health issues.
Abnormal Blood Counts: A measurement of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, hemoglobin, and hematocrit. It is used to monitor and diagnoses many conditions.
Our medical oncologists follow each patient from the cancer diagnosis throughout the course of the disease. Because the journey is different for each patient, the doctor works with you and the care team to develop a plan of care that is right for you personally.
Treatment is coordinated and led by your Lafayette Cancer Care medical oncologist who may collaborate with a surgeon and/or radiation oncologist. For some cancers, you may also see an interventional radiologist. Each of these physicians brings a defined set of expertise and techniques for treating cancer. Having representatives of many different disciplines involved in your care ensures that you will receive the best possible treatment for your specific needs.
Lafayette Cancer Care treats all adult cancers.
Infusion therapy administers medication through a needle or catheter and is used for a variety of medical conditions. Lafayette Cancer Care serves patients with cancer and blood disorders, and also serves as a multidisciplinary infusion center for Urology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, and Rheumatology.
Chemotherapy: Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be given by mouth, injection, or infusion, depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated.
Antibiotic Infusions: These IV treatments are given to treat severe bacterial infections.
Iron Infusions: These infusions deliver iron to the body to treat iron deficiency anemia.
Osteopenia/Osteoporosis Infusions: Individuals who have lower-than normal bone mass or bone mineral density may benefit from infusion therapy.
Hydration Infusion: Saline infusions are given to patients who are not getting enough water intake. This is common for patients going through chemotherapy treatment.
Our patients have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic imaging technology available. We are steadfast in our commitment because the latest advances enable us to provide a higher level of accuracy and improve patient comfort and care.
MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Uses strong magnetic fields and radio frequencies to create a series of high definition images called “sequences.”
CT/CAT: Computed Axial Tomography. Uses advanced x-rays to create cross-sections, or “slices,” of the body regular x-rays can’t see.
PET: Positron Emission Tomography. Uses radioactive substances to produce 3-dimensional color images of metabolic changes within tissues and organs. It helps identify cancer before physical changes occur.
Ultrasound: Uses reflected sound waves to create images.
Digital Mammography: Creates high resolution images that can be looked at from different angles and enhanced by altering brightness, contrast, and magnification.
Nuclear Medicine: Uses small amounts of a radioactive agent that emit gamma rays which are detected by a special camera.
Genetic testing helps estimate your chance of developing cancer in your lifetime. It does this by searching for specific changes in your genes, chromosomes, or proteins, which are called mutations.
No genetic test can determine whether you will develop cancer for sure. But it can tell you if you have a higher risk than most people. It can also find if you have genes that may pass increased cancer risk to your children, and provide information to guide your health care plan.
Lafayette Cancer Care administers genetic testing for certain types of cancer. These include breast, ovarian, colon, and thyroid cancers.
Your oncologist will want to monitor your blood cell count often during the course of your treatment. For your convenience patients, Lafayette Cancer Care has a laboratory on site.
Thank you for choosing Lafayette Cancer Care. As our patient, you will receive our undivided attention and complete to devotion to your care from the moment you come in for your initial consultation through the moment we declare you are cancer free!
New Patients: Please print off and fill out the forms below and bring them to your first appointment along with your driver’s license or another photo ID, insurance cards and a list of your current medications and supplements.
New Patient Forms:
Current Patients: It is wise to bring all of your medications in their original bottles to every appointment so we can review them and make changes as needed.
You will be greeted by one of our patient coordinators when you arrive to your first appointment. We will have you complete some paperwork and then you will meet with the doctor.
We will spend approximately an hour and a half reviewing the natural history of your particular cancer and available treatment options. We will also complete any diagnostic imaging or lab work that may be necessary to formulate your care plan. You and your family or the support network that you brought with you will be able to ask as many questions as you want regarding your diagnosis and care.
If your diagnosis requires treatment, we will schedule a chemotherapy education appointment, which is when you will learn more about your treatment and what to expect from it.
Before you leave your first appointment you will know your care plan and we will create an appointment calendar so you will be fully informed of the process and your roadmap to recovery.
When you’re fighting a disease like cancer, you want the most targeted treatment options available, delivered by a team of experts. A second opinion helps you feel confident that you are getting the right cancer care. You may discover additional treatment options for your type and stage of cancer, or confirm a current treatment approach. Some advanced treatment options can result in a speedier recovery, with fewer side effects and a better diagnosis.
Exploring a second opinion can help you make a more informed decision about your cancer treatment. It can also introduce you to advanced treatment options. At Lafayette Cancer Care, we evaluate your type and stage of cancer and provide assistance with family support during treatment.
Honesty is an important part of the doctor-patient relationship, so it is best to keep both doctors aware of your decisions. You will need to retrieve medical records from your original appointment, and this can be a time to inform your physician that you are exploring other treatment options.
We want you to concentrate on your full recovery. That’s why we keep our billing process as simple and hassle-free as possible. We understand that although we do this every day, you don’t. Therefore, when you need assistance or have questions, there’s a person to talk with, not an automated system.
Unity Healthcare and its affiliated facilities participate in many insurance plans. Participation varies and is subject to change. Please verify with your Unity provider that your health plan is accepted. Also, access to a Unity Healthcare provider may require authorization by your primary care physician or your managed care plan.
A cancer diagnosis raises a wide range of challenges and concerns. Fortunately, there are local and national resources to assist you with many of the issues that come up. There are several types of services available whether you are a patient, caregiver, or family member.
What Kind of Help Can I Get?
Appearances and Enhancing Body Image. Whether you are worried about losing your hair, effects of lymphedema, or a recent mastectomy, there are local organizations that will help you look and feel better.
Emotional Support. Cancer can make you feel lonely, scared or distressed. Counseling, support groups, patient-to-patient networks and other kinds of support are available to help you cope with such emotions.
Nutrition and Wellness. Fighting cancer can take a lot out of you. Staying active and nourishing your body with healthy foods are important to keep you strong. Food banks, meal support, and cancer wellness programs are available.
Financial Help. There are organizations and companies that help people with cancer and their families with medical billing, insurance, and reimbursement issues. There are also co-payment organizations and patient assistance programs that help individuals who cannot afford the cost of medications.
Transportation Assistance. There are several transportation services in the Lafayette area that are available to help you get to appointments.
Home Health Care. Home health care is for people who no longer need to be in the hospital, but still require skilled care at home.
Palliative Care and Hospice. Hospice care focuses on the needs of individuals who are terminally ill.
Manage Your Health Online
Lafayette Cancer Care is pleased to offer our patients the latest tool in personal health care management.
Follow My Health is an electronic medical record that provides you with a secure and convenient way to manage your personal health care online. This free self-service health management tool can improve interactions with your doctor’s office, document important health care information, and allow you to make more informed decisions about your own health.
Thank you for trusting Lafayette Cancer Care with your patient.
We handle every patient with the utmost care, and a commitment to do everything we can to beat cancer. Please call our office to make a referral so we can gather all necessary information about your patient. We will contact your patient the same business day to set up an appointment.
Lafayette Cancer Care accepts referrals from all area physicians.
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