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Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute

Leading Cancer Treatment for Decades

Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute is the region’s leader in providing comprehensive prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship care. Our teams have a vast network of collaborators across Louisiana to address treatment issues and make discoveries that have a national impact, and most importantly offer each cancer patient individually tailored treatment options. We draw upon resources from our nationally recognized academic medical center and from Our Lady of the Lake’s graduate medical education programs and strong relationships with Louisiana State University and Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Cancer researchers and providers work side by side to advance cancer treatment.

As the region's destination for cancer care, Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute offers the most advanced technology and services provided by a dedicated team of nationally recognized oncology experts. The Cancer Institute provides best-practice, comprehensive care at every stage of the cancer journey, including disease site-specific multidisciplinary care teams, a robust clinical research program, and extensive supportive care services. Our providers work together to ensure the highest standard of care for every patient.

Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), a Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons, for excellence in colon and rectal cancer treatment. This accreditation is granted only to those programs committed to providing the best possible care to patients with rectal cancer.

  • Our Accreditations

    Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute (OLOLCI) was named a 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award winner by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, a distinction earned by only the top 7 percent of cancer centers nationwide.

    OLOLCI is accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Commission on Cancer (CoC) as a comprehensive community cancer program. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, OLOLCI has demonstrated compliance with 34 CoC quality care standards, undergoes evaluation every three years through a survey process, and maintains levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

    Additionally, OLOLCI holds a second accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC), National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC). To achieve voluntary NAPRC accreditation, OLOLCI has demonstrated compliance with NAPRC standards addressing program management, clinical services, and quality improvement for patients. OLOLCI has established a multidisciplinary rectal cancer team that includes clinical representatives from surgery, pathology, radiology, radiation oncology, and medical oncology to ensure that rectal cancer patients receive appropriate care using a multidisciplinary approach.

    Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute has been recognized by the QOPI Certification Program, which recognizes oncology practices that meet national standards for cancer care. This certification reaffirms our commitment to providing patients with high-quality cancer care. Read more about our recertification here. 

  • Institute Leadership

    Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute brings together multidisciplinary care, education, research, patient wellness and innovation guided by an acclaimed, physician-led team. Meet our key leaders:

    Susan Foret, RN, BSN, MSHCMSusan Foret, RN, BSN, MSHCM
    Vice President Operations for Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute

    Susan has a wealth of experience with over 25 years leading successful cancer teams. Her expertise in healthcare management, strategic planning, and team development is incredibly valuable as we continue to grow Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute making a difference for cancer patients in our region. Susan earned a bachelor’s degree from William Carey University and a master’s degree of science in healthcare management. She has earned a number of awards throughout her career including the DAISY Award in 2010, Nurse of the Year at Ochsner West Bank in 2008, and a Great 100 Nurse honor in 2007.


    Daniel Nuss, MD, FACSDaniel Nuss, MD, FACS
    Transitional Chief of Cancer Services

    Dr. Nuss is a world-renowned leader in cancer treatment, bringing extensive experience leading multidisciplinary teams to advance cancer research and specialized care. He leads the Head and Neck Center at Our Lady of the Lake, the largest specialty practice of its kind in the Gulf South. Under his leadership, the program has earned Top 50 recognition by U.S. News & World Report. He is Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology for LSU Health Sciences Center with a dual appointment in the LSU Department of Neurosurgery. Dr. Nuss is past president of the North American Skull Base Society, an international professional group of advanced specialists who treat disorders of the cranial base, and he has also served as a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology.



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7777 Hennessy Blvd. Entrance C, Baton Rouge LA 70808

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Our Dedicated Team

At Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute, we have teams of specialists from each diagnostic, treatment and supportive care discipline working together within the same facility.

We know that the best cancer care is care delivered in a multidisciplinary fashion providing an individualized approach for each patient’s needs.

Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute offers comprehensive, seamless care to patients and their families. In addition to the advanced care teams listed below, Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group’s more than 650 providers offer a full range of services, starting with primary care. Patients benefit from having one medical record that is shared across all providers they utilize, ensuring each physician has complete details of their care journey.

Learn more about our team of highly respected medical oncologists, surgeons, and specialists throughout the Baton Rouge region who are dedicated to patient care and the best clinical outcomes.

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What Should I Expect at My First Appointment?

Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute is located at 7777 Hennessy Blvd. in Baton Rouge at the Medical Plaza 1 entrance.

How to Get There:

Look for the Lot C parking lot on Hennessy Boulevard, which will be the second entrance on your right if coming from Essen Lane. There is dedicated parking in this lot for our patients and optional valet parking, free of charge, is available at the covered Cancer Institute entrance plaza.

Our attendants will be present at the entrance to provide wheelchair assistance services. Once inside, our Guest Services staff will greet and escort you to your destination.

We want to ease your concerns about finding your way in this new space and make sure that everything will be taken care of for you. If you have any questions or if we can help in any way, please contact us (225) 765-3064

Meeting with Your Doctor

When you meet with your doctor or other members of your health care team to discuss your diagnosis, you will hear a lot of information that might seem overwhelming at first. It helps to plan ahead and compile a list of questions and concerns you want to address during your appointments.
Check out our Cancer Patient Resources for Commonly Asked Questions

Preparing for Treatment Day

If you are receiving infusion treatment at Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute, you will proceed to the Infusion Suite after meeting with your physician and/or your laboratory results have been approved. We want you to be comfortable and informed as you begin treatment. The nurses will explain what to expect during treatment, the medications you will receive and how to manage side effects. Our nurses will be available during your treatment to answer any questions you may have.

For your comfort, we'll have several items on hand available for you, such as:

You are welcome to bring your own snacks or lunch depending on the time and length of your treatment. We request that food be cold or room temperature, as we do not have accommodations for heating or storing food. Please do not bring foods that have strong odors, as the smell of certain foods could make others uncomfortable. A sandwich and a bag of chips or fruit are good choices.

Most importantly, have someone with you who can drive you home after treatment, as the drugs administered may make you drowsy. Your doctor can help you understand and prepare for any side effects from treatment.

Types of Cancers We Treat

Learn about our comprehensive care for a variety of cancer types.


Clinical Trials and Research

All cancer patients at the Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Institute are evaluated for participation in a clinical trial. If you are interested in participating in one of the clinical trials offered at the Cancer Institute, or if you have questions about clinical research, ask your doctor or please reach out to a member of our research team at (225) 765-7659.

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