Being diagnosed with cancer is a life-changing experience.
Forrest Health provides a continuum of compassionate, high quality cancer services for detection, prevention and treatment at Forrest General's Cancer Center in Hattiesburg. Here, a well-trained, multidisciplinary team maintains a personalized focus on the needs of each individual patient.
Our team of oncologists and clinical staff strive to improve the quality and length of life for our patients and continues to further research the cause, prevention, treatment and cure of cancer.
Forrest General has clinical trials for a variety of cancer types open for enrollment. Learn more about the benefits of receiving cancer treatment through a clinical trial.
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Forrest General Hospital's Cancer Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi ranks among the largest and most sophisticated regional cancer treatment centers in South Mississippi. We offer a place where patients can receive advanced care in a beautiful, compassionate environment.
Forrest General Hospital operates the only comprehensive community Cancer Center in the 19-county service area, and is accredited by the College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
We also have a Cancer Registry to guarantee accurate and timely collection of diagnosed and/or treated cancer patient data. The registry's focus is to exceed the expectations of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer standards and fulfill the Cancer Committee's vision. The Cancer Registry gives our team the ability to evaluate patient outcomes and identify opportunities for improvement over time.
Our comprehensive cancer program is here to support you. From detection and diagnosis to education, rehabilitation and treatment, our physicians and staff are here to offer you the best in cancer care and help support you and keep you informed with managing your treatment.
The center features the services of a multidisciplinary team led by medical oncologists/hematologists and radiation oncologists, who provide high quality medical care in a continuum of settings. In addition to medical and radiation oncologists, a complete range of physician specialists provide expertise in diagnoses, surgical removal, disease management and reconstructive procedures.
Inpatient Oncology Unit
The Inpatient Oncology Unit is located on the sixth floor of the hospital and is staffed by nurses who are specially-trained to meet the unique needs of the cancer patient when inpatient care is required.
Outpatient Clinical Solutions
Outpatient Clinical Solutions, housed at the Cancer Center and staffed with an on-site pharmacist and specially-trained nurses, is an outpatient infusion and chemotherapy unit providing chemotherapy, infusion therapy, blood transfusion, vascular access device management, ambulatory pump home infusions, team consults, and lab monitoring.
Radiation Planning and Treatment
Radiation Planning and Treatment and follow-up monitoring are provided at the Cancer Center to both hospital inpatients and outpatients by a highly-trained radiation therapy team. The Forrest General Cancer Center's Radiation Oncology Department has received a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology.
The Radiosurgery Institute at Forrest General's Cancer Center focuses on the use of stereotactic radiosurgery.
In spite of its name, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a radiation treatment, not a surgical procedure. Stereotactic radiosurgery works by using four dimensional imaging to target abnormalities and treat them with high doses of radiation. SRS treatment plans minimize damage to nearby healthy tissue with their image-guided targeting.
Forrest General's Cancer Center is the first in the state to provide VarianHyperArc tm high-definition radiotherapy treatment for patients with brain tumors. A component of the Cancer Center's Varian Edge Linear Accelerator, this latest advanced treatment option combines technology with medicine to provide quality patient care, while simplifying the process of planning and delivering precise and efficient cranial radiosurgery. Patients are constantly monitored during the treatment, but because there is no manual intervention, the treatment is faster, more accurate and a safer plan which makes for a better patient experience. Not all patients are candidates for the HyperArc treatment, as physicians use selective criteria in choosing the appropriate patients. Consult with your physician for details.
Forrest General has the ability to treat a number of different types of cancers using SRS including brain, lung, spine, liver and prostate as well as other neurological problems. This state-of-the-art treatment can save patients time and money by offering similar results to traditional radiation therapy with fewer sessions.
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