Services We Offer

Explore the comprehensive services the Cancer Network offers

The Regional Cancer Network is focused on assuring that the right care for
Southeast Texas cancer patients and their families is right here in Beaumont.
Our network provides a full range of services related to prevention,
early detection and treatment of cancer.

Immunotherapy/Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is administered in several ways:

Intravenous (IV) is the most common method. A needle is inserted into a vein and attached with tubing to a plastic bag holding the drug. For patients who undergo several chemotherapy sessions, a catheter is inserted into one of the large veins and left in place during the entire course of treatment. Some patients have a metal or plastic port implanted under the skin as an IV connection device.

Oral chemotherapy drugs are taken by mouth, either in pill or liquid form.

Injections are administered into the muscle, under the skin or directly into a cancer lesion, depending on the type or location of the cancer.

Side effects of chemotherapy:

Side effects depend on the type of chemotherapy drugs used. The length and severity of chemotherapy side effects differ from patient to patient. Most are temporary and will disappear once treatment has ended. There are drugs and non-invasive comple-mentary therapies that can help alleviate some of the more severe symptoms. The most common side effects of chemotherapy include:

  • Temporary hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Depression
  • Increased sun sensitivity
  • Numbness or weakness in hands and feet
  • Chemobrain: cognitive issues that include memory problems, trouble concentrating and other mental symptoms

Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology team consists of radiation oncologists and their clinical staff – physicists, dosimeterists, radiation therapists, and nurses who develop a treatment plan when radiation is determined to be an appropriate form of treatment for your type of cancer. The purpose of radiation therapy is to damage or destroy cancerous cells by preventing them from growing or dividing while minimizing adverse effects on nearby healthy organs and tissues. Radiation therapy, or “radiotherapy,” is the treatment of cancer using ionized radiation. Radiotherapy works by irradiating cancer cells, which harms and ultimately destroys them. Many types of cancer are treated by delivering the radiation via a beam from an external source, called “external-beam radiation therapy.”

At the Baptist Regional Cancer Network, patients receive today’s most precise radiation applications due to our advanced cancer treatment planning systems and radiation oncology technology. Your cancer treatment plans may include one or more of the following technologies:

CT Simulator enhances radiation oncology treatment planning by generating three-dimensional images for achieving utmost accuracy in targeting and mapping specific treatment areas. With CT Simulation, oncologists can deliver high doses of radiation to a tumor while minimizing the amount of radiation to normal, surrounding tissues.

Cancer treatment planning is enhanced with the use of a three-dimensional treatment planning computer. Using the information and images provided by the CT Simulator, the computer generates a treatment plan tailored to the patient’s cancer care needs. Guided by three-dimensional models, the radiation oncologist, physicist and dosimeterists can accurately determine the optimal dose of radiation to be delivered during treatment.

The most precise form of external radiation therapy, IMRT is an advanced form of noninvasive radiation treatment enabling radiation oncologists to precisely target tumor cells. IMRT uses computer generated images and treatment planning to deliver high doses of radiation to a tumor while minimizing the amount of radiation to normal, surrounding tissues. Computed tomography (CT) and other imaging studies to build 3D diagnostic images and treatment plans to deliver tightly focused radiation beams of varying intensity to cancerous tumors without needles, tubes, or catheters. The higher dose to the tumor can result in a higher possibility of a cure, and with the addition of ultrasound technology to IMRT; radiation oncologists can localize treatment to the affected area, minimizing damage to surrounding tissues.

The computer-controlled MLC accurately designs the size and shape of the radiation beam to conform to the tumor during the treatment planning process. Individually adjusted metal “leaves” vary beam intensity by blocking and protecting healthy tissue.

Today, using a technology known as image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), a tumor can be imaged just before the delivery of radiotherapy or even during a treatment, enabling radiation oncologists to verify its exact location, thereby reducing the margin of healthy tissue exposed to radiation to five millimeters and, in certain cases, to as little as one or two millimeters. If a tumor has shifted even slightly since a patient’s last visit, the radiation beams can be adjusted so that they hit it precisely.

PET/CT is a relatively new imaging tool that combines two diagnostic imaging scan techniques in one – a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan and a CT scan.  The combined PET and CT images enhance the physician’s ability to diagnose cancer at earlier stages, including recurrent cancers, and provide a clearer assessment of response to treatments, such as radiation therapy. PET/CT is mainly used for diagnosis, staging or restaging cancer and for evaluation of treatment response. Together the two procedures provide information about the location, nature of and the extent of a tumor. It answers questions such as: where is the tumor, how big is the tumor, is it malignant, benign or due to inflammatory change, and has it spread.

PET/ CT make it possible to customize patient treatment positions. This advanced equipment is able to reconstruct individual “slices” into a 3D image of the entire area scanned, giving the most detailed high-resolution image available.  Because of the lightning-fast speed, these images allow for immediate treatment planning, allowing our physicians to evaluate tumors and surrounding structures in minute detail. When PET is used to image cancer, a radiopharmaceutical (such as fluorodeoxyglucose or FDG, which includes both a sugar and a radionuclide) is injected into a patient. Cancer cells metabolize sugar at higher rates than normal cells, and the radiopharmaceutical is drawn in higher concentrations to cancerous areas. The highly sensitive PET scan picks up the metabolic signal of actively growing cancer cells. The CT scan generates a detailed picture of internal anatomy, locating and revealing the size and shape of abnormal cancer growths. When these two results are fused together, the functional data from the PET imaging is correlated with anatomy on the CT images to give a single detailed and informative image. PET/CT allows for noninvasive evaluation of metabolic and anatomic information, providing a tremendous advantage over other currently available diagnostic tools.

Imaging Fusion technology enhances radiation treatment planning by enabling radiation oncologists to more precisely and confidently locate and define tumors. With Imaging Fusion, radiation oncologists can scale, rotate and translate target body parts or tissues into 3D images for a more accurate perspective of their size and shape.

ARIA is a comprehensive information and image management system that aggregates patient data into a fully-electronic medical chart. ARIA’s oncology-specific EMR streamlines care delivery and provides your healthcare team with immediate access to key information resulting in the ability to make sound clinical decisions in a timely manner.

ARIA, our patient management system is integrally linked to our Varian iX linear accelerator. This technology enables recording and verifying of patients’ specialized treatment plans. All information in the patient’s chart is stored in this system and is available at every workstation, saving time and ensuring quality control for each individual’s specific treatment.

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it can be an overwhelming experience. That’s why we have experienced cancer nurses and a specialized team of Oncology Nurse Navigators that help patients through the process.

The Baptist Regional Cancer Network have Patient Navigators to assist cancer patients in the transition from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Patients are then able to traverse their cancer pathway more easily and focus on recovery and healing.

Suspicion of Cancer

Early detection can make all the difference in the cancer battle. Baptist Beaumont Hospital offers diagnostic services to provide the earliest possible detection, including comprehensive risk assessments, genetic testing for high-risk individuals and advanced diagnostic services.

Our dedicated team works together to develop individualized treatment plans designed to address each patient’s specific healthcare needs. Baptist Beaumont Hospital is able to provide the most comprehensive treatment program for patients because of its diverse team of professionals. We strive to provide the best possible treatment for cancer patients in the Beaumont and Southeast Texas area.

Our ultimate mission is to eliminate cancer through integrated programs in treatment, education and prevention that will put every resident in Beaumont and surrounding communities on the road to better health.

Our Support Services

At the Baptist Cancer Center, we strive to provide the best possible treatment for cancer patients in the Beaumont and Southeast Texas area. Our team of cancer specialists frequently consult with academic institutions and sub-specialists to coordinate care and ensure Baptist Cancer Center continues to provide leading-edge cancer treatment.

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Nutrition and Services for Seniors – A local agency serving Jefferson and Hardin County senior citizens age 60 and older by providing transportation to and from appointments at a discounted rate. The nutritional supplement, Ensure, is available at a discounted rate of $23 per case to the above population. Call 409-892-4455 for further details.

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Guestroom – We contract with local hotels for free rooms for patient and caregiver to stay overnight when needed. Questions can be directed to Tammy Droste, Community Manager, Health Initiatives at tammy.droste@cancer.org or by calling 409-351-9788.

Cancer Survivors Network – An online support system for patients and caregivers that provides an outlet for them to chat in groups or one-on-one with someone the same age and/or same diagnosis so that they can share their stories and cancer journey. Participants can set up their own individual page through www.cancer.org/csn.

Pink Power Network, Breast Cancer Support Group – A support group specifically for our breast cancer patients. This program is provided by Baptist Cancer Center and the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life”. Program offered twice in one day on the 3rd Thursday of every month. 12:00pm Charline and Sidney “Chief” Dauphin Center Conference Room 740 Hospital Drive, Ste. 100 RSVP 409-212-7962 6:00pm Gift of Life 148 South Dowlen Rd. RSVP 409-833-3663

I Can Cope – Support classes for any type of cancer patient currently available online at www.cancer.org/onlineclasses. This program is provided by Baptist Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. 2nd Monday of every month 5:30pm Charline and Sidney “Chief” Dauphin Center Conference Room RSVP 409-212-5971

Look Good Feel Better – A skin care session by a trained licensed cosmetologist. The participants get tips on managing their appearance due to treatment sideeffects. They receive a kit of hypoallergenic makeup and lotions through our partnership with the National Cosmetology Association. This program is provided by the American Cancer Society and Baptist Cancer Center. 1st Monday of every month 11:00am Charline and Sidney “Chief” Dauphin Center Conference Room RSVP 409-351-9788

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