BATON ROUGE, La. -- Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge is expanding its statewide services for gynecologic cancer to the Acadiana area with the addition of a satellite clinic in Lafayette set to open in July. The clinic will be led by Anthony Evans, MD, PhD, medical director of gynecologic oncology at Woman’s Hospital. He is one of less than a dozen GYN oncologists practicing in Louisiana.
Woman’s has a long history in treating GYN cancers, dating back to the 1950s when one of the founders established a cervical cancer detection laboratory. The second oldest pap lab in the nation, Woman’s is credited with helping Baton Rouge cite one of the lowest cervical cancer death rates in the country.
“Many women in this area have to travel to receive specialized gynecologic cancer care,” said Dr. Evans. “We’re looking forward to providing more women in and around Lafayette the care they need close to home along with the expertise of Woman’s Hospital in treating women’s specific cancers.”
With more than 20 years of experience treating gynecologic cancers, Dr. Evans is board certified in obstetrics & gynecology and gynecologic oncology. He embraces the use of robotics-assisted and other minimally invasive surgery methods that speed recovery and lessen down-time, and is a leader in radical and complex gynecologic surgeries. He is also active in the latest cancer clinical trials.
Dr. Evans understands the importance of engaging his patients in their treatment plan and providing a thorough understanding of their condition and care options.
“I try to discourage patients from just saying ‘You’re the doctor, you know what’s best,’” Dr. Evans explained. “It’s important to me that they understand the options that are available to them, what I would recommend and why. I really want them to be invested in the decision because it obviously affects their health and their chances of being successful in beating cancer.”
The Woman’s Gynecologic Oncology Clinic - Lafayette is located at 5000 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Building 4. Visit womans.org/gyncancer to learn more about Dr. Evans and GYN cancer services at Woman’s or call 225-216-3006 to make an appointment.