Latest news happening at each of our Cancer Center locations.
Mary Bird Perkins is among seven institutions nationwide to receive a $2 million grant aimed at creating equitable cancer care resources in underserved communities. The grant, provided through the Merck Foundation, will focus on enhancing patient access, removing barriers and improving overall care and health outcomes in North Baton Rouge. Through the five-year grant, the Cancer Center aims to serve more than 1,700 disadvantaged residents and ultimately produce better practices across the Cancer Center’s entire network.
Cancer Center offers free health screenings for Monroe residents
September 19, 2022
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center held its inaugural Live Well Delta community health event, which allowed residents from across the 12-parish Delta region access to a range of healthcare services, including free and convenient cancer screenings.
The serene and calming environment inside the Image Recovery Room, powered by Chevron, provides patients with a wide range of facial and cosmetology offerings.
This new $1 million mobile unit, the organization’s third, was made possible with support from the state of Louisiana. The mobile unit will allow Mary Bird Perkins to offer additional cancer screenings in communities across 34 parishes and counties in southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi.
With research and genetics fueling the future of cancer care, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is proud to announce that the organization’s expanded clinical research program and its full offering of genetic services are now available to residents across the region. Through Mary Bird Perkins’ enhanced clinical research, a greater number of trials are now available to more people. At the same time, the Cancer Center has opened a genetic services clinic—a much-needed asset that will help bolster cancer prevention and precision medicine strategies.
The Doctor Is In
July 21, 2022
Dr. Faizan Malik’s passion for treating patients is fueled by the loss of a close friend, coupled with a drive and purpose to enhance cancer care across southeast Louisiana. Dr. Malik has been practicing for over 13 and has been at our Covington location since 2020. We are thankful to have him and his expertise as part of our team!
Dr. Malik is a medical oncologist with Northshore Oncology Associates, practicing at the Cancer Center.
A senate bill working its way through the Louisiana House of Representatives aims to end some of the burdensome delays cancer patients face as they navigate a diagnosis. Waiting for prior authorization for tests and scans can create unnecessary obstacles to care, leading to anxiety for patients and providers alike.
A bill working its way through the Louisiana Legislature would minimize some of the obstacles patients are faced with when receiving a cancer diagnosis. Doctors with a proven track record of ordering necessary scans and tests would be allowed to bypass the prior authorization process in some cases, allowing patients to receive answers and care more expeditiously, which could lead to better outcomes.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s annual Live Well Baton Rouge event featured free cancer screenings, fitness demos and healthy cooking segments in downtown Baton Rouge. Residents were able to take charge of their health by taking advantage of early detection and prevention resources.
Since 2019, patients at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington facing financial challenges have had access to a wide variety of nutritious foods, both fresh and frozen, through the therapeutic food pantry.
As the city of Gonzales prepares to look back on and celebrate 100 years since its founding, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has played a pivotal role in providing treatment to Ascension Parish for more than 15 years, during a time of robust growth and innovation across the area.
Natchez Cancer Center Completes Its Million Dollar Renovation
February 28, 2022
The Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is the first in the area that has new high-tech equipment that helps treat cancer patients.
“Louisiana has some of the highest cancer mortality rates in the nation, so the need to advance care is critical in our state and beyond,” Fontenot said. “Megan’s and Nousha’s work is key in the rapidly-growing science of precision medicine, which offers unprecedented opportunities to use increasingly detailed information to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. It’s the future of cancer care, and they are playing a critical role in advancing this area of study within radiation oncology, which will ultimately produce better outcomes and save more lives.”
Early in the first U.S. COVID-19 surge of 2020, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director Norman Sharpless warned that the pandemic could, over time, have substantial consequences for cancer outcomes. The NCI’s initial modeling suggested that delayed or missed cancer screening and treatment for breast and colorectal cancers could, during the next decade, account for an approximate 1 percent increase in deaths (i.e., an additional 10,000 deaths) from these two cancers.
A new agreement between Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has led to the hiring of about 20 physicians and patient care staffers and both parties expect that relationship will expand.
“This is just the beginning,” said Edgardo Tenreiro, president and CEO, Baton Rouge General. “We look forward to working with Mary Bird Perkins and expanding that relationship geographically.”
Baton Rouge General, Mary Bird Perkins announce partnership
January 5, 2022
The new partnership agreement enables BRG, a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and MBPCC to leverage resources, according to the organizations’ announcement. The entities will remain independent but will collaborate on clinical trials, nutrition, rehabilitation, support groups and medical oncology, and connect patients with enhanced treatment options.
Cancer care and treatment will continue to be Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s sole focus as it strives to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace, CEO Todd Stevens told the Baton Rouge Press Club today.
The Louisiana Department of Health said about one in three people are diagnosed with cancer at some time in their life, and about one in five dies of cancer. Mary Bird Perkins in Baton Rouge is taking a step forward in the fight, welcoming an Adaptive MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy Program.
“It’s really going to open up a lot of new opportunities to be able to manage complex cancers in ways that we had not been able to before,” said Dr. Jonas Fontenot, Chief Operating Officer at Mary Bird Perkins.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center plans to invest $10 million for a new cancer treatment program at its Baton Rouge hospital that will allow oncologists to target tumors not typically treatable with standard therapies.
The Adaptive MRIGuided Radiation Therapy Program, among half a dozen sites of its kind nationwide, is expected to open in 2022. A key piece of equipment is the Elekta Unity system. The system enables doctors to visualize the tumor during the treatments while applying radiation doses. The goal is to reduce the number of sessions required for cancer treatment because it’s a more targeted approach. The treatment can be used on more than 40 different types of cancerous tumors.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center In Covington Adds Two Oncologists
September 15, 2021
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington welcomed Genevieve Maronge, MD, and Faizan I. Malik, MD, both medical and hematologist oncologists, to its staff.
“We are so pleased to welcome oncologists with the caliber of expertise and wealth of experience Dr. Maronge and Dr. Malik offer,” said Saux, a NOA medical oncologist. “Their stellar credentials are only matched by their passion for helping patients fight cancer.”
The estate of the late Dr. Charles Smith of Sulphur has gifted $7.8 million to both LSU and the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to support cancer treatment research, according to a joint announcement from the LSU Foundation and MBPCC this morning.
The donation will support a longstanding partnership between LSU and the cancer center to leverage their education and research expertise through a joint medical and health physics program.
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is ending its affiliation with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and has announced it is partnering with a Nashville-based network of independent oncology practices, OneOncology.
As envisioned, the deal will enable Mary Bird Perkins, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, to remain an independent, community-owned nonprofit, while also enabling it to grow regionally and become more competitive and efficient
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington has expanded its partnership with the Northshore Oncology Associates and will now be offering chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and other oncology related services. This transition will allow the Northshore Oncology Associate Group to work with our team of Radiation Oncologists to advance care even further. Services will be provided at the same location, 1203 S. Tyler St. Covington, LA. Read the article above to learn how Mary Bird Perkins is extending advanced oncology services on the Northshore.
The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons, has granted three-year accreditation to Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. Read the article above to learn more about how as a CoC-accredited cancer center, the Cancer Center uses a multidisciplinary approach in treating cancer by involving consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.
Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center has partnered with Denver-based health and tech company Eon to improve its lung cancer screening program. Read the article above to learn more about how the Cancer Center will use this technology to review patients’ scans with the aim of catching potentially cancerous nodules earlier and track patients’ health over time.
Jared Taylor was planning on becoming a medical doctor to help treat people with cancer, but now finds himself almost literally in space, working on solutions to shield astronauts from dangerous radiation. He recently presented his research at SpaceX and is about to file a patent. Read the article above to learn more about how students and graduates of the LSU medical and health physics program are changing oncology, space travel, and more.
The Advocate: Todd Stevens
March 10, 2021
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center CEO, Todd Stevens, discusses how the Cancer Center has served the needs of patients throughout the Gulf South region for 50 years. Read his feature in the article above.
Mary Bird Perkins, NeuroMedical Center form research partnership
February 2, 2021
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and The NeuroMedical Center have entered into a new research agreement that will begin with the launch of a clinical trial for newly diagnosed glioblastoma, or GBM, patients. Learn more in the article above.
Free breast exams in November yielded surprising results
January 26, 2021
Screenings are important for early detection of cancer, which help improve the chances of survival if found. At a recent breast screening in Natchez, 12 of the 23 women screened required additional follow-ups, with 2 women receiving a positive cancer diagnosis. Learn more in the article above.