01. History

History of Willis-Knighton Cancer Center

Willis-Knighton Cancer Center is part of the Willis-Knighton Health System, which has a long and storied history. In 1924, Dr. T.E. Williams and Dr. L.H. Pirkle founded a hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. The founders sold the hospital to Dr. James C. Willis and Dr. Joseph E. Knighton in 1928. And, in 1950, the name became the Willis-Knighton Medical Center to honor Dr. Willis and Dr. Knighton.

The medical center grew from one small hospital to a connected system of facilities to become the Willis-Knighton Health System. It has 758 beds and provides complete health care to northwestern Louisiana and parts of Texas and Arkansas. In 2022, Newsweek ranked Willis-Knighton Medical Center as the best hospital in Louisiana.

Willis-Knighton Health System is also affiliated with the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

02. Mesothelioma Care

Mesothelioma Care at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center

The Willis-Knighton Cancer Center sits on the Willis-Knighton Medical Center campus. The center treats a variety of cancers, including breast, colorectal, lung, mesothelioma, ovarian and more. On-site physician offices and laboratory services are convenient for patients and family members. The center also offers a range of support services to help patients and their families. These specialized services include counseling, nutrition, pain management and more.

Mesothelioma care at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center follows a team-based approach. As such, patients have access to a team of specialists with different focus areas. For example, a care team may include medical oncologists and surgical oncologists. These specialists focus on the individual and work on developing a custom care plan.

Individual mesothelioma care depends on the stage and location of the cancer as well as other factors. Treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or other options. Doctors at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center can also discuss clinical trials available to patients.

03. Specializations

Willis-Knighton Cancer Center Specializations

04. Accreditations

Willis-Knighton Cancer Center Accreditations

  • American College of Radiation Oncology
  • American College of Radiology
  • American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital
05. Mesothelioma Clinical Trials

Mesothelioma Clinical Trials at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center

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06. Hospital Services

Patient and Family Services at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center

Willis-Knighton Cancer Center is a comprehensive cancer center. It offers a full range of support services on-site and through referral. Cancer educational resources are also available. Resources available for cancer patients and their families at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center include:

07. Off-site Services in Shreveport

Patient and Family Services in the Shreveport Area

Shreveport-based Willis-Knighton Cancer Center serves northwestern Louisiana and parts of Texas and Arkansas. Many support services are available nearby to help patients and their families. These off-site services include counseling, housing and post-surgical rehabilitation.

Cancer Support Groups
Oxygen Supplies
Post-Surgical Rehabilitation