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OLOL doctor using herpes virus to treat melanoma
October 7, 2019

Dr. Vince Cataldo is using a modified herpes virus as an immunotherapy treatment for select patients. This treatment is helping to eliminate skin cancer, at the injection site, by triggering the immune system to fight other cancer cells in the body. Patients like Bill Tripoli have seen great success, and he now has an improved prognosis thanks to this treatment.

Bringing Early Cancer Detection to You
July 31, 2019

A growing number of Baton Rouge companies are participating in the Prevention on the Go-Workplace program that educates employees about cancer and screens for early detection. For Kelly Gill, a quality control auditor at GMFS Mortgage, participating in the skin cancer screening offered by her employer may have saved her life. Within two weeks of the screening, Gill was officially diagnosed and underwent surgery. Gill’s story is similar to others participating in the Prevention on the Go-Workplace program, and expansion of this potentially life-saving program is underway.

Health Alert: HPV Becoming More Prevelent
July 11, 2019

Nearly 80% of sexually active people will contract Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in their life, with 33,700 cases of the virus turning into cancer. Although HPV is most commonly associated with cervical cancer, the virus can cause cancer in other parts of the body such as the throat and anus. Viruses never truly leave the body, but instead remain present in the cells for years in a dormant state, and can “reactivate” later in life. In this interview, Susan Harrison shares her story as a three-time survivor of cancers caused by HPV, and how early detection saved her life every time.

Woman’s Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Taking Part in National Study on Mammogram Technology
June 26, 2019

Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial, or TMIST, is a five-year research study taking place at leading breast cancer screening sites across the United States and Canada. The study will include more than 165,000 participants, and is currently implemented in Baton Rouge through a partnership between Women’s Hospital and the Cancer Center. The purpose of the study is to compare two Food and Drug Administration-approved types of digital mammography — standard digital, which uses two-dimensional technology, and Tomosynthesis, which employs 3D technology. Researchers are also building a tissue bank for future research to determine the best ways to screen for breast cancer by taking a person’s genetics and other personal risk factors into account.

Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion Celebrates First Year in Operation
May 14, 2019

In its first year of operation, the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion delivered approximately 22,000 interactions, experiences or activities for patient care. The Pavilion is a unique partnership between Woman’s Hospital and the Cancer Center, offering advanced treatment options like the Cooling Cap to women all over Louisiana and parts of Mississippi. New treatment interventions, physician specialists, advanced clinical trials and added support services are just a few of the upcoming advancements planned for the future.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is here
April 3, 2019

After the recent merger between Caring River Cancer Center and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Gregory Cotter, MD, wrote a letter to the editor of The Natchez Democrat to discuss the recent transition and the efforts to improve cancer care in Natchez. Dr. Cotter cited a study from the American Cancer Society that showed a substantial decline in deaths from cancer in the past 25 years, but made it clear that there is still work to be done in clinical research and emerging treatments. With Mary Bird Perkins’ experience in cancer care, and extensive programs for screenings such as Prevention on the Go, the future of cancer care in Natchez is bright.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center celebrates decade in Gonzales
April 3, 2019

It has been a decade since Mary Bird Perkins opened its doors to the residents of Gonzales. During this time, the Cancer Center has introduced innovative cancer technology and prevention methods for patients in Ascension Parish. The Cancer Center has enhanced patients quality of life through community screening events, education programs and survivorship groups.

FDA to change mammography standards
March 29, 2019

Dr. Jeanette Kovtun, an oncologist from Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, recently spoke with WBRZ about the FDA’s new proposal to change mammogram policies for the first time in 20 years. A major portion of this change focuses on a woman’s breast density, which impacts the quality of the mammogram and risk of breast cancer. Dr. Kovtun referenced how oncologists are working on using different methods for screenings, such as tomosynthesis, to ensure that patients with dense breasts receive accurate screenings.

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center adds new pieces to its Healing Arts Program, providing a visual calmness for patients
March 18, 2019

Two pieces of fine art were recently installed in Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center as a part of the Healing Arts Program. The program focuses on using art inspired by nature to evoke feelings of peace for patients visiting the center and undergoing treatment. The pieces, “Canopy of Peace” and “Journey to Wellness,” allow patients to gaze at aesthetically pleasing images that can help them imagine themselves lying under Louisiana live oak trees and feeling peace, even in the face of hardship.

New owners to take over Caring River Cancer
March 1, 2019

The Natchez Democrat recently covered the merger of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and Caring River Cancer Center in Natchez. Cancer Center leaders share what they think this deal will mean for the future of cancer care in the community. The location will officially merge with Mary Bird Perkins on March 14.

One on One with Todd D. Stevens
March/April 2019, Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge

The Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge sat down with Todd Stevens, President and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, to discuss the Cancer Center’s impact on the community and the work it is doing to make itself Louisiana’s leading cancer care organization. In addition, the article focused on looking to the future as Stevens described the different ways he envisions cancer care evolving to save more lives in the coming years.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center expands to Mississippi with merger effective March 14
February 28, 2019

Caring River Cancer Center of Natchez, Mississippi, has announced a merger with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center that is set to take effect on March 14. Caring River co-owner Dr. Randy Tillman is cited saying it was Mary Bird Perkins’ dedication to the highest level of care that solidified the merger with the Cancer Center. Mary Bird Perkins plans to invest its resources to ensure high-quality, comprehensive services for the residents of Natchez.

Mary Bird Perkins expands into Mississippi with Natchez cancer center merger
February 28, 2019

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center announced on February 28, that it will be partnering with Caring River Cancer Center in Natchez, bringing its top-level cancer care to Mississippi’s Adams County. Mary Bird Perkins President and CEO Todd Stevens referenced Natchez’s cancer statistics and discussed Mary Bird Perkins’ desire to increase its cancer prevention and education programs in the area. The location will officially merge with Mary Bird Perkins on March 14.

Cancer Center opens first clinic in region to treat disease of the skin, bones, soft tissue
December 18, 2018

Mary Bird Perkins- Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is opening a first-of-its-kind Musculoskeletal Oncology Clinic focused exclusively on treating patients with soft tissue, muscle and bone tumors. The clinic’s leading sarcoma experts are Dr. John Lyons, surgical oncologist, and Dr. Shaun Accardo, orthopedic oncologist. The Cancer Center’s sarcoma multidisciplinary care team will work closely with these experts to develop individualized treatment plans for clinic patients.

Cancer patients learn to find blessings in brokenness
December 4, 2018

Those touched by cancer had the opportunity to gather and paint oyster shell ornaments to decorate the Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center celebration trees. Though these patients and survivors still feel the effects of cancer in their lives, painting gives them a mindful moment of peace and readjusts their focus to the brighter parts of their lives.

Partial radiation allows some breast cancer patients to complete treatment in under a week
October 23, 2018

Breast cancer patients have access to innovative radiation treatments at the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion. Dr. Charles Wood, radiation oncologist, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, and Dr. Mindy Williams Bowie, breast surgical oncologist at Woman’s Hospital, work in tandem to perform partial radiation treatments which reduce side effects and specifically target the area of the breast most likely to see the cancer return.

Donald Hartung: A story of faith and medicine
September 3, 2018

On a mission trip with his wife in Cambodia, 26-year-old Donald Hartung received the devastating diagnosis of testicular cancer. After traveling back to the United States for a second opinion, scans showed the cancer had spread to his lungs and brain. His care team at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center put together a treatment plan that included using the Gamma Knife Icon, a revolutionary treatment used to target brain tumors.

Lane Regional Medical Center and Mary Bird Perkins-OLOL strike up new cancer partnership
August 27, 2018

Lane Regional Medical Center and Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center have partnered to provide Zachary cancer patients with medical oncology services.

Survivor Rings the Bell in Style 
June 28, 2018

Cancer survivor Jonathan Griener celebrates the end of his treatment by ringing the bell in his finest tuxedo. This unique patient overcame his treatment with a positive outlook, and spread joy to everyone he met at Mary Bird Perkins.

Ground Breaking Clinical Trial, TMIST is now available at the Breast and GYN Cancer Pavilion
June 28, 2018

TMIST is one of the first trials launched under the Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital breast & GYN partnership. The trial evaluates two different types mammography, 3D and the current standard 2D mammography. Radiologist Dr. James Ruiz discussed the new trail on Talk 107.3.

Woman’s Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center Open Breast and GYN Cancer Pavilion
April 30, 2018

On May 1, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital will debut their new $19 million facility, built to treat breast and gynecologic cancers of women throughout the Gulf South. The Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion will have resources including medical and radiation oncology teams, state-of-the-art technology such as the Elekta Infinity TM and Elekta Agility TM, and an integrated medical program for all aspects of a cancer patient’s life.

‘Unprecedented’ new cancer facility in Baton Rouge aims to serve broad swath of Gulf South
April 26, 2018

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital are excited to expand their partnership with the Breast and GYN Cancer Pavilion. The newly unveiled pavilion has opened its doors and is now serving patients from all over the south.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center marks 30 years
March 28, 2018

This year Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Hammond celebrated 30 years of service to the community. Throughout the years, the Cancer Center has provided advanced cancer treatment to local patients.

‘It’s hard’ to say no: Unwanted, abused animals with no place to go have a place here
March 24, 2018

Dr. Shaun Accardo and his partner, Allison Lee, have devoted their spare time to rescuing animals in need and giving them sanctuary. The couple is caring for over 70 animals on their 28 acre farm which they call Barney’s Farm Sanctuary. They hope to find volunteers to help care for the animals as well as encourage adopting so they can continue to help other animals in need.

New Surgical Protocol Eases Pain of Colorectal Surgery
March 15, 2018

Patients at Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center now are able to go through surgery with much less pain and downtime than before. The new protocol is called “Enhanced Recovery After Surgery” Protocol or ERAS Protocol and focuses on helping the patient through the before and after surgery, not just during. Patients are now able to go home and recover much sooner than they would’ve been able to before.

How BR Doctors Reduce Risk of Heart Disease After Breast Cancer Treatment
February 26, 2018

The radiation received in breast cancer treatments can cause patients to have an increased risk of heart disease. In effort to combat this, the physicians at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center developed a method to move the heart away from the chest wall by simply having the patients hold their breath.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales offering survivorship services
January 31, 2018

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales is now offering the THRIVE survivorship program. Through this program the cancer center is supporting cancer patients and survivors a step further than their cancer treatment and are offering support groups, art workshops, walking groups, and other various services.

Cancer Services merging with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to expand reach across southeast Louisiana
January 19, 2018

Cancer Services is merging with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. In doing so, the organization will be able to expand its services outside of the Baton Rouge area to all of southeast Louisiana.

Dose of the Coast: A daughter’s act of love turns into a prescription to help patients
December 30, 2017

Ashley Ferguson created Dose of the Coast, which offers free fishing and sailing trips to cancer patients, survivors and their families. After the loss of her father, she decided she wanted to share her father’s love of the water and help cancer patients in her community. These excursions allow cancer patients to take their mind off of the stresses of everyday life and enjoy a trip with the ones they love.

Mary Bird Perkins, Woman’s Hospital collaborating on innovative cancer care
December 28, 2017

Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Woman’s hospital are partnering to improve breast and GYN cancer care. The partnership will allow the two organizations to collaborate and make necessary cancer treatment more accessible.

What is Metastasized Ocular Melanoma? A Look at Blanco’s Fight
December 11, 2017

Ocular melanoma is an extremely rare form of cancer. Dr. Vince Cataldo, medical oncologist, gives insight into the disease, its treatment and what happens when it metastasizes.

Cancer Treatment Progress Stunted by Lack of Volunteers
December 10, 2017

Clinical research helps develop new and enhanced cancer treatments , but lack of participants can slow progress. Dr. David Hanson, medical oncologist, speaks with PBS NewsHour about the importance of clinical trials and how Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is participating in a program to enroll more patients.

Breast and GYN Cancer Partnership
September 27, 2017

Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center has partnered with Woman’s hospital in order to give women the best breast and GYN cancer care possible. In combining their resources they are able to offer complete care from three locations in Baton Rouge.

New Technique Provides More Comfortable, Effective Prostate Radiation Treatment 
September 25, 2017

Dr. Charles Wood, a radiation oncologist at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, offers SpaceOAR, a breakthrough technology that grants prostate patients better bladder, erectile and rectal function.

Cancer Center receives CoC Accreditation
August 6, 2017

Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center has achieved a three year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer with a gold-level commendation. This accreditation, which the center has held for more than 20 years, is evaluated on 34 care standards.

Developing National Standards for Community Cancer Care: Rapid Quality Reporting Systems
July 25, 2017

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center was competitively selected (from 2007-2014) for the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). Through NCCCP, the Cancer Center helped develop best practice cancer care delivery for other community cancer centers throughout the country.

Medical Monday: What is glioblastoma? Dr. Renee Levine
July 24, 2017

Dr. Renee Levine, an oncologist and the Gamma Knife Icon medical director at Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, gives insight into glioblastoma, an aggressive malignant brain tumor. She explains symptoms, treatments and medical advancements with Gamma Knife Icon.

Executive Spotlight Q&A: Dr. Jonas Fontenot, Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
June 19, 2017

Dr. Jonas Fontenot, chief of physics and chief operating officer at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, opened up about his position, bringing Gamma Knife Icon to Baton Rouge, orchestrating Mike the Tiger’s care and his future goals and aspirations.

Patient Describes Life with Trigeminal Neuralgia
June 4, 2017

Ana Kristof suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, a debilitating condition that can make even the lightest tough cause extreme pain. Having exhausted many other treatment options with no relief, she turned to Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center to undergo Gamma Knife Icon treatment. Now, she is able to once again do the things she loves without fear of a flare up.

Cancer Center’s The Taste Fundraiser Generates More Than $350,000
May 29, 2017

Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s fundraiser, The Taste, raised over $350,000 for cancer care in the Bayou Region. This 80’s themed event offered cuisine from Baton Rouge’s top restaurants, a “totally rad” 80s cover band and many different ways to give back to a great cause.

Fest for Life Celebrates 10 years of Services and Record Screenings at Annual Event
May 17,2017

Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s 10th annual Fest for Life provided cancer and other medical screenings to members of the community. Since its start, Fest for Life has provided over 5,000 screenings and continues to spread awareness of the importance of early cancer detection.

Provident Plans $85 Million Proton Therapy Center in Baton Rouge
May 10, 2017

The Louisiana ProtonCare Center, a proton radiation cancer treatment center, will soon be built in Baton Rouge by Provident ProtonCare and is projected to open near the end of 2019. The center will give access to proton radiation therapy to certain patients where this treatment is an option.

Ascension Parish Cancer Patients to Benefit from Community Generosity
March 29, 2017

Ascension Parish community members helped take the fight against cancer forward by hosting the second annual Gonzales Gala, Saturday, Jan. 28 at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. The $160,000 raised benefits local patients at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales, as well as advance local flood relief efforts.

Vaccination can Help Prevent Cancer
March 15, 2017

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center recently joined NCI cancer centers throughout the country in recommending the HPV vaccination for children. Dr. Dan Nuss and Dr. Shaun Kemmerly recently penned a letter to the editor of the Advocate to share the benefits of this vaccine.

Cancer Patient Uses Chewbacca Mask to Heal with ‘The Force’
February 13, 2017

Joey Boudreau, a patient at Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center receiving Gamma Knife Icon treatment, enlisted the help from hospital staff to play a prank on his doctor. After learning Dr. Charles Wood was a big fan of Star Wars, Boudreau had the mask used for his radiation treatment switched out with a Chewbacca mask, to surprise his doctor and bring a smile to the hospital staff.

Immunology takes new approach to beating cancer
February 5, 2017

The Cancer Center offers immunotherapy, an emerging way of treating cancer that harnesses an individual’s own immune system to recognize, control and potentially cure cancers. The Advocate interviewed Dr. Vince Cataldo and his patient Wanda Poche about the difference this treatment can make in cancer care.

Healthline: Immunotherapy
December 23, 2016

WAFB talked to Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center physician, Dr. Vince Cataldo, about the future of cancer care. The secret to fighting cancer could be hiding inside our own bodies. Immunotherapy has changed the way doctors approach some hard-to-treat forms of the disease.

Power of Pink
October 3, 2016

The Cancer Center was featured in several stories related to breast cancer in the Advocate’s annual Power of Pink section, including topics on survivorship, early detection, Gamma Knife Icon and breast density.

Partnership for Life
September 6, 2016

LSU and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center have an ongoing partnership that benefits not only both institutions, their students, and their staff but also the citizens of Louisiana – particularly those in the south and central parts of the state. This partnership is providing students with unique training opportunities, researchers with facilities and resources that are hard to find, and most important, patients with the latest innovations and techniques for improved outcomes in their cancer treatment.

A Multidisciplinary Response to Increases in Liver Cancer Incidence and Death
July 14, 2016

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s new Hepatobiliary Multidisciplinary Care Team is helping to address the increases in liver cancer incidence and mortality. The team includes physician specialists such as radiation and medical oncologists, radiologists, gastroenterologists as well as other cancer experts such as patient navigators, clinical trial nurses, dietitians and more.

3-D Printing Used to Better Target Cancerous Tumors
January 24, 2016

Cutting edge 3-D printing technology is helping Baton Rouge scientists and doctors make radiation treatments for cancer even safer. Physicists working jointly with LSU and Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center are designing andthen printing three-dimensional plastic aides for individual cancer patients.

Louisianians of the Year
January 4, 2016

Linda Lee, Cancer Center administrator, was selected as a Louisianan of the Year by Louisiana Life Magazine. Linda is one of only eight people selected from throughout the state for this honor, which recognizes individuals who are making a difference through various fields, including healthcare.

Louisiana Med Featuring Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
December 9, 2015

Baton Rouge is home to the state’s largest and most comprehensive cancer center, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.

A New Era for Cancer Care
November 2015

The newly renovated Cancer Center provides the most patient-focused, innovative and compassionate care.

Cancer Center Receives Achievement Award from COC
October 30, 2015

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently recognized the Cancer Center as the only Louisiana cancer center to receive the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeon’s 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award.

Designed with Patients in Mind (Business Report)
September 30, 2015

The newly renovated and expanded Cancer Center was designed with the patient in mind.

The Harmony of Healing Art (Inregister)
September 2015

The Healing Arts program artwork displayed throughout the Cancer Center was created by regional artists and is designed to present beauty for patients and other guests visiting the Cancer Center.

Healing Arts: Big part of new Cancer Center
September 11, 2015

The elements of the Cancer Center’s Healing Arts program provide relief from the anxiety and pain of illness, offering hope to our courageous patients and their loved ones. The artwork displayed throughout the Cancer Center was created by regional artists and is designed to present beauty for patients and guests visiting the Cancer Center.

Renovation and Expansion (The Advocate)
September 13, 2015

The newly renovated Cancer Center provides the most patient-focused, innovative and compassionate care.

Geaux Free Tobacco Cessation Program
June 10, 2015

Our Geaux Free Tobacco Cessation program is free to the community and began on June 10. Graham Ulkins from WAFB recently interviewed the Cancer Center’s tobacco cessation specialist Chrishelle Stripe about Geaux Free. Watch the interview and learn more about why this program works.

Exposure Ups Risk of Skin Cancer
May 20, 2015

May is National Skin Cancer Month and prevention and early detection are key to beating the disease. The Skin Cancer Multidisciplinary Care Team at the Cancer Center is working to increase awareness during May and throughout the year.

T.J. Moran Passes Away at 84
May 19, 2015

Cancer survivor and longtime Cancer Center supporter T.J. Moran will be remembered for his business savy and generosity.

Breathe Hold Technique Enhances Radiation Therapy 
May 2015

An innovative procedure at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center has turned taking a deep breath into a technique that lowers long-term complications for cancer patients.

Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge: National Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May 1, 2015

Knowing your skin can save your life. The good news is that most skin cancers are curable in their early stages. This is why the Cancer Center’s MDC Team is urging greater awareness and education during National Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May and throughout the year.

Commission on Cancer Award
May 1, 2015

Healthcare Journal of BR eNews and Nola.com report on Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center receiving the 2014 Outstanding Acheivement Award by the Commission on Cancer. The Cancer Center is Louisiana’s only facility to receive this award.

National Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month
April 17, 2015

The Cancer Center’s Head and Neck MDC Team uses the opportunity to increase awareness about early detection of these potentially fatal diseases.

The Taste on Talk 107.3
April 11, 2015

Kaitlyn Guerin and Ethan Bush from the Cancer Center talk about The Taste fundraiser on The Talk 107.3’s Bite & Booze show.

The Taste Will Feature a Celebrity Chef Cook-Off
April 8, 2015

Three chefs — John Folse of Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans, Gino Sclafani of Ruffino’s Italian Restaurant in Baton Rouge, and Cody Carroll of Hot Tails Restaurant in New Roads and the new seafood restaurant Sac-a-Lait, in New Orleans — will each team with a Cancer Center supporter to prepare a dish using a secret ingredient within 30 minutes.

Breathe Hold Technique for Safer Radiation Treatment
April 3, 2015

The Cancer Center is now offering an innovative technique for delivering even safer treatments to many breast cancer patients. It incorporates a breath hold technique based on research aimed at improving radiation therapy treatment for women with left-sided breast cancer, as well as for patients with a variety of other cancers.

New System of Care to Be Delivered Through New Affilation
March 23, 2015

The Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital are teaming up to establish a new system of care! Read more about this partnership by visiting: Nola.comThe AdvocateDaily Report or Bayou Buzz.

Dr. Kelly Finan Q&A for the Be Seen, Get Screened
March 17, 2015

Colorectal surgeon and member of the Cancer Center’s Colorectal Cancer Multidisciplinary Care Team, Dr. Kelly Finan answered questions about colorectal cancer and screening and the Get Your Rear Gear 5K Run/Walk coming up on April 18.

The Advocate covers Colon Club’s Colondar on raising awareness of colorectal cancer
March 15, 2015

Created by The Colon Club, an organization that seeks to spread awareness of the disease, the Coloandar magazine focuses on people younger than 50, who receive just 10 percent of new color cancer diagnoses.

Q&A blog post for Be Seen, Get Screened
March 6, 2015

Barkley Booker, a Stage III colon cancer survivor was declared cancer-free just a few months ago! Now that she is cancer-free, she is more than ready to share her personal experiences, obstacles and advice for people with colon cancer.

THRIVE Aids Cancer Survivor in Battle
March 4, 2015

THRIVE, the Cancer Center’s new survivorship program, is featured on the front page of The Southside Advocate today.

WBRZ reports on Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month at the Center
March 2, 2015

March is National Colorectal Cancer Month. Dr. Barfield and Johnnay Benjamin discuss colorectal cancer and ways Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center can help. For more information about colorectal cancer, the symptoms associated with it or where you can receive a free kit, visit: mbpolol.org/colon.

How to geaux smoke-free (The Advocate)
February 25, 2015

The Geaux Free tobacco cessation programs gives those who are trying to quit smoking the support they need. Chrishelle Stipe, tobacco cessation coordinator with the Cancer Center, shares about the program and the benefits it provides. To read more about the program, visit: mbpolol.org/geauxfree.

WAFB reports on the Cancer Center’s new patient-centered survivorship program
February 13, 2015

THRIVE, the new survivorship program at the Center provides cancer survivors with treatments that support patients from the moment of diagnosis. Medication does not have to be the only treatment option for cancer survivors.

Tobacco-free awareness campaign “Breathe Free Baton Rouge” is announced
January 28, 2015

Dr. Brad Vincent spoke on behalf of the Cancer Center at the Breathe Free press conference about the dangers of smoking and available resources to kick the habit.

Dr. Barfield on the importance of regular colorectal cancer screenings (Be Seen, Get Screened)
January 15, 2015

Dr. Barfield recently participated in an interview for the “Be Seen, Get Screened” colorectal cancer awareness website.

WAFB reports on the Smoking Cessation Trust (WAFB)
January 7, 2015

Learn more about how to enroll and take part in the campaign to help end your smoking habit.

WBRZ interviews Renea Duffin on the Geaux Free Tobacco Cessation Program (WBRZ)
January 7, 2015

Renea Duffin, vice president of cancer support and outreach, joined WBRZ to talk about the Geaux Free Tobacco Cessation Program and the importance of quitting smoking.

WAFB interviews Dr. Kelly Finan on colorectal cancer
December 30, 2014

Dr. Kelly Finan and a young colorectal cancer survivor were interviewed for WAFB’s Healthline segment about a JAMA report that showed increased numbers of those under 50 being diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The story aired Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 10 p.m.

MBP-OLOL Cancer Center helping others quit (Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge)
December 19, 2014

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center offers Geaux Free, a free tobacco cessation counseling program to help people break the nicotine addiction.

Groundbreaking lung cancer trial launched (Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge)
November 21, 2014

Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is now offering patients the opportunity to be part of an unprecedented clinical trial designed to help develop new treatments for an advanced form of lung cancer.

Be The Match donor drive exceeds goal (Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge)
November 21, 2014

More than 300 new donors were added to the national bone marrow registry as part of the 90-Day Donor Challenge, coordinated by Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden, Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Be the Match.

Shining a light for lung cancer, most diagnosed cancer in LA (NBC 33)
November 20, 2014

Wednesday, Cancer Services teamed up with Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and the Lung Cancer Alliance to celebrate life. It was part of their “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” vigil.

TGMC partners with Mary Bird Perkins to battle cancer
August 7, 2008

Baton Rouge-based nonprofit Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will be opening its doors in Houma as it announces its partnership with Terrebonne General Medical Center. TGMC President Phyllis Peoples says that this partnership will give the Center the opportunity to consolidate their practices and better treat patients in Houma, as well as the surrounding parishes. The merger should be complete in around 18 months.

Cancer Center will expand to Houma area
August 6, 2008

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will open another center in Houma after partnering with Terrebonne General Medical Center and Cancer Care Specialists physicians group. The Center will offer a variety of treatments and resources to cancer patients in Terrebonne parish.

Hospital to expand cancer care
August 4, 2008

Terrebonne General Medical Center will be partnering with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and Cancer Care Specialists to provide better cancer care for patients in the area. Administration for the organizations are hopeful that the partnership will help save lives in the community through treatments and other resources that were minimal prior to the deal.

The Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge is expanding
August 3, 2008

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will open another center in Houma after partnering with Terrebonne General Medical Center and Cancer Care Specialists physicians group. The Center will offer a variety of treatments and resources to cancer patients in Terrebonne parish.

Cancer center adds Houma-area role
August 1, 2008

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will open another center in Houma after partnering with Terrebonne General Medical Center and Cancer Care Specialists physicians group. The Center will offer a variety of treatments and resources to cancer patients in Terrebonne parish.

Mary Bird Perkins, St. Elizabeth Hospital celebrate partnership
June 20, 2008

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital board members gathered on May 28 to celebrate their initiative to bring high-quality cancer care to Ascension parish. Tours were given of the technology and patient treatment area in the Baton Rouge center.

Ground Broken on Gonzales Cancer Treatment Facility
March 2008

Officials of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital gathered to break ground for their new $6 million facility in Gonzales. The facility will house advanced technology and access to medical physics teams and radiation oncologists practicing exclusively at Mary Bird Perkins. One of the major highlights of this merger is that Ascension parish residents will no longer have to make the long commute to Baton Rouge to receive top-notch cancer care.

Gonzales Site of 4th Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Location Groundbreaking kicks off partnership with St. Elizabeth Hospital
February 2008

On January 25th, ground was broken for the new Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales, in partnership with St. Elizabeth Hospital. President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Hospital, Dee LeJeune, said the partnership will give patients a greater access to a higher quality of treatment and care closer to home. The Cancer Center also hopes to expand its outreach into Ascension parish to give more educational seminars on cancer and cancer treatment.

Officials break ground on new cancer center
January 31, 2008

Officials of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital gathered to break ground of a joint initiative for cancer care in Gonzales. Todd Stevens, President and CEO of the Cancer Center, discussed the mortality rate of cancer in Louisiana and cited the lack of facilities as the prime cause for this statistic. It was noted that having a center located closer to patients will fill a great need for the cancer patients of Ascension parish.

Property in Gonzales to be cancer center site
November 7, 2007

Rao Narra, a Baton Rouge physician and real estate investor, has sold an interest in the Gonzales property that will be used for a new cancer treatment center between Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital.

St. Elizabeth Hospital, Mary Bird Perkins partner for outpatient care center
July 24, 2007

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital have announced a partnership which will allow Ascension parish residents to have cancer treatment and resources closer to home. The facility is projected to be 12,000 square feet and worth a total of $6 million, $4 million going to treatment technology and $2 million going to additional construction.

Mary Bird Perkins, St. Elizabeth partnering for Gonzales cancer center
July 19, 2007

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will be partnering with St. Elizabeth Hospital to bring cancer care to Ascension parish.

Cancer Center Celebrates Grand Opening
Winter 1998

Mary Bird Perkins celebrated the grand opening of its newest facility in Covington on October 3, 1998. Guests included Robert “Bob” Brown, the retired golf coach of UNO, who shared his testimony of how Mary Bird Perkins helped him after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Cancer patients receive treatment closer to home
October 11, 1998

Cancer patients of Covington can now rest after their cancer treatments rather than commute since Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington opened its doors on August 31, 1998. On October 3, 1998, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place where tours of the facility were offered.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to hold Covington Grand Opening
October 1, 1998

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington will hold its grand opening celebration and open house on October 3. Sen. John J. Hainkel, Jr. and retired University of New Orleans golf coach Robert “Bob” Brown will share remarks about the construction of the cancer center and experiences with cancer impacting their lives.

Cancer Center construction incorporates new technology
April 2, 1998

After having to travel to Hammond and other big cities miles away, Covington and Mandeville cancer patients can now expect a shorter commute as the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington gets underway. The Center will bring in state of the art technology, such as linear accelerators, that major hospitals use for treatment across the country.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center plans fall opening
February 19, 1998

Mary Bird Perkins, the cancer center that has assisted Covington and Mandeville cancer patients with treatment for decades, recently announced that the organization will be constructing a new facility in Covington. Drs. Greg Henkelmann and Renee Levine will be the physicians of the new center, opening later this year.

Ground broken for cancer center
December 14, 1997

Board members of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and St. Tammany Parish Hospital were present as ground was broken to begin construction for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington.

Mary Bird Perkins to Build Covington Cancer Center
December 1997

Michael H. Martin, president and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge, has announced the construction of Covington’s new cancer center will begin soon. Martin expressed excitement as he discussed the new facility and the amount of lives it will save once completed.

New center for cancer to open in Covington
November 4, 1997

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will open its third independent cancer treatment facility in Covington in the summer of 1998. The Center will be the closest cancer treatment facility to Covington and will eliminate long communities to Hammond and other major cities.

New cancer treatment center set at STPH
October 30, 1997

Officials of St. Tammany Parish Hospital have entered into a lease with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge to construct a cancer treatment center in the city of Covington.

Cancer treatment center to be built in Hammond
November 30, 1986

A new 8,000-square foot cancer treatment center will be built in Hammond as a satellite facility of Mary Bird Perkins Radiation and Treatment Center. It is cited that one of the reasons the facility is opening is because of the critical need for underserved parishes in Louisiana where residents are being forced to travel long distances to receive treatment on a daily basis.

Hospital begins building
November 19, 1986

Ground was broken on the Seventh Ward Hospital grounds for a $2 million facility operated by Baton Rouge- based Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. Both organization’s board members were in attendances and were excited about the future of the Center.

Radiation Treatment, Perkins center to be dedicated
February 18, 1986

The new Mary Bird Perkins Radiation Treatment Center will be dedicated on February 22, featuring a speech from Dr. Charles A. LeMaistre, national president of the American Cancer Society. The center was originally located adjacent to Woman’s Hospital, but now is housed in its own 36,000 square-foot complex on Essen Lane.

Cancer center to be located in Hammond
January 1, 1986

Dr. M.J. Rathbone, Jr., discusses Mary Bird Perkins Radiation and Treatment Center’s satellite facility opening in Hammond in 1986. The center will serve the neighboring parishes and will house two linear accelerators.

Cancer treatment center construction finished
July 20, 1985

Construction of Mary Bird Perkins Radiation Treatment Center has been completed and center administration hopes to be moved in by the end of summer. Since the facility is larger in size, officials are expecting double the amount of patients to seek treatment with the Center. The facility also has the newest technology and equipment for cancer treatment, such as the 20-million volt linear accelerator.

Land Tract Donated by P.D. Perkins
March 23, 1971

P.D. Perkins donated a 15-acre tract of land valued at $300,000 to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Radiation Treatment Center on March 22, 1971, in memory of his daughter, Mary Bird Perkins.

THE IMPORTANCE LUNG CANCER SCREENINGS

Daniel LaVieFeaturing Dr. Daniel LaVie
With Dr. Kay Solar

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in Louisiana. However, the disease is 80 to 90 percent curable when caught early. Dr. Daniel LaVie, medical oncologist at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, joins Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes to discuss the importance of getting screened for lung cancer.

GETTING SCREENED FOR BREAST CANCER

Katherine CastleFeaturing Dr. Katherine Castle
With Dr. Kay Solar

About one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. With October being breast cancer awareness month, Dr. Katherine Castle, radiation oncologist at the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion, joins Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes to discuss useful information about breast cancer screenings and treatment.

NEW GRANT TO EXPAND CLINICAL TRIALS NETWORK

Featuring Cyndi Knox
With Dr. Kay Solar

Clinical trials enhance standard cancer treatments, resulting in improved patient outcomes and survival rates. Cyndi Knox, Director of Clinical Research at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, joins Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes to discuss a $13.6 million multi-year grant that will expand the Cancer Center’s successful statewide clinical trials network with a special emphasis on underserved cancer patients.

RAISING AWARENESS OF PROSTATE CANCER

Konstantin KotvunFeaturing Dr. Kos Konstantin
With Dr. Kay Solar

Did you know that prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among men in Louisiana? With September being prostate cancer awareness month, Dr. Konstantin “Kos” Kovtun joins Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes to discuss what men need to know about prostate cancer on Talk 107.3’s Rock It Right radio show.

ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE CANCER TREATMENT

Dr. Suchit PatelFeaturing Dr. Suchit Patel
With Dr. Kay Solar

Dr. Suchit Patel, Radiation Oncologist at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, joins Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes to discuss a very advanced form of radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). They also discuss the importance of high-quality imaging to excellence in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

CITY-WIDE MEN’S HEALTH DAY AIMS TO MAKE ACCESS TO SERVICES CONVENIENT

Johnnay BenjaminFeaturing Johnnay Benjamin
With Dr. Kay Solar

According to the Men’s Health Network, most men never access regular health checkups. To help increase opportunities for care that will provide a quick, convenient way for men to receive a number of medical services, four community organizations have united for a special City-Wide Men’s Health Day. Johnnay Benjamin joins Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes to discuss this important event on Talk 107.3’s Rock It Right radio show.

BRINGING JOY TO CHILDREN AFFECTED BY CANCER

Whitney CraigFeaturing Whitney Craig
With Dr. Kay Solar

It isn’t uncommon for parents to experience difficulty in explaining the many facets of cancer to children. In turn, children also struggle with understanding what cancer is and how much it affects their daily life once they, or someone they love, is diagnosed. Whitney Craig, Director of Cancer Services, stopped by Talk 107.3’s Rock it Right radio show to discuss childhood cancer and the different programs being offered to children affected by cancer throughout the year.

INNOVATIVE TREATMENT FOR RARE BRAIN CANCER CLOSE TO HOME

Dr. Jon OlsonFeaturing Dr. Jon Olson
With Betsy Barnes

Congress recently designated July 17th as Glioblastoma Awareness Day. Listen as Dr. Jon Olson, Baton Rouge’s only board certified neurologist and neuro-oncologist, talks with Betsy Barnes on Talk 107.3’s Rock it Right radio show about the NeuroMedical Center’s partnership with Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center to ease the disease’s symptoms using the area’s only Gamma Knife Icon.

MAKING CANCER SCREENINGS MORE CONVENIENT

The Prevention on the Go workplace program by Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge, LA detected Kelly's skin cancerFeaturing Kelly Gill and Danielle Mack
With Betsy Barnes

GMFS employee Kelly Gill had no idea that the tiny spot on her face was skin cancer until she took advantage of an onsite skin cancer screening at work. Listen as Kelly joins Danielle Mack, senior director of development at Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, to talk with Betsy Barnes on Talk 107.3’s Rock it Right radio show about the Cancer Center’s Prevention on the Go Workplace program that changed Kelly’s life. Whether you’re a business owner or an employee, you’ll want to learn more about this unique benefit that’s helping improve cancer survivorship in Southeast Louisiana.

A YEAR OF SPECIALIZED BREAST & GYN CANCER EXPERTISE

Dr. BowieFeaturing Dr. Mindy Bowie
With Dr. Kay Solar

Thousands of women from all over Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas have been coming to the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion for specialized treatment for a year now. Listen as one of the Pavilion’s highly-trained physicians, breast surgical oncologist Dr. Mindy Bowie, talks with Dr. Kay Solar on Talk 107.3’s Rock it Right radio show about what makes this facility unique and what services are offered to patients.

UNIQUE TREATMENT REMOVES BATON ROUGE AREA APPRAISER’S BRAIN TUMOR

Brent LoupeFeaturing Brent Loupe
With Betsy Barnes

When real estate appraiser Brent Loupe learned the Gamma Knife Icon was the best treatment for his brain tumor, he was thrilled to learn the unique technology was only 20 minutes from his house at Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. Hear both the patient’s and the clinical perspective as Brent and Cancer Center medical physicist Koren Smith discuss the details of the treatment with Betsy Barnes on Talk 107.3’s Rock It Right radio show.

TRIGGERING PATIENTS’ IMMUNE SYSTEMS TO FIGHT SKIN CANCER

John LyonsFeaturing Dr. John Lyons
With Dr. Kay Solar

Bolstering the immune system to fight cancer is becoming more common. Dr. John Lyons, chair of the skin and soft tissue multidisciplinary care team at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, discusses how a genetically modified herpes virus injected into skin cancer tumors can trigger the immune system to attack cancerous cells. Learn more as Dr. Lyons speaks about TVEC with Talk 107.3’s Betsy Barnes on the Rock It Right radio show, and join us for Rock for Spots, a skin cancer awareness event to be held Saturday, June 8 at The Varsity.

HEAD & CANCER: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Featuring Dr. Ashley Mays
With Dr. Kay Solar

What do changes in the voice and having trouble swallowing have in common? These are just two common symptoms of head and neck cancer that often go untreated. M.D. Anderson-trained otolaryngologist Dr. Ashley Mays talks with Dr. Kay Solar on Talk 107.3’s Rock It Right about the other signs and symptoms, preventing this disease and how the experts at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center stay on the cusp of the latest treatment options.

REDUCE YOUR RISK FOR CANCER

Derrick SpellFeaturing Dr. Derrick Spell
With Dr. Kay Solar

Did you know there’s something we can all do to reduce our risk of cancer? Medical oncologist Dr. Derrick Spell, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center discusses his medical perspective and personal experience with weight loss and how it’s related to cancer with Dr. Kay Solar on Talk 107.3’s Rock It Right. Dr. Spell, who has been named one of the Best Doctors in America yearly since 2007, recently published a book about his own weight loss journey.

12TH ANNUAL FEST FOR LIFE OFFERS CANCER SCREENINGS AND FAMILY FUN

Tonya McMillian and son RileyFeaturing Tonja McMillan, honorary Fest for Life chair, and Renea Duffin, vice president of cancer support and outreach.
With Dr. Kay Solar

Did you know that time is one of the main reasons people don’t get screened for cancer? That’s why the Cancer Center holds events like Fest for Life that offer cancer prevention education and screenings in a fun environment for the whole family. The Cancer Center’s 12th annual Fest for Life is being held Saturday, April 13 in downtown Baton Rouge. Listen as breast cancer survivor and honorary Fest for Life chair Tonja McMillan discusses the importance of taking advantage of these free screenings with the Cancer Center’s Renea Duffin, vice president of cancer support and outreach, and Dr. Kay Solar on Talk 107.3’s Rock it Right.

DEFINING, SCREENING FOR, DIAGNOSING AND TREATING COLORECTAL CANCER

Kelly Finan M.D.Featuring Dr. Kelly Finan
With Dr. Kay Solar

Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women? Because the disease often goes undetected until it has significantly advanced, knowing the screening guidelines and symptoms is more important than ever. Colorectal surgeon Dr. Kelly Finan, who chairs the Cancer Center’s rectal multidisciplinary care team, discusses important details about colon, rectal and colorectal cancer with Dr. Kay Solar on Talk 107.3’s Rock It Right, and explains the respected rectal cancer accreditation the Cancer Center is working toward.

USING CREATIVITY AS A DISTRACTION

Featuring Laura Gaddy, survivorship program coordinator, and Nora Taylor, cancer survivor
With Dr. Kay Solar

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s Survivorship Program Coordinator Laura Gaddy and cancer survivor Nora Taylor talk with Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes about the program’s benefits during one of the Cancer Center’s Healing Arts workshop. Learn how creativity – from practicing yoga to coloring and painting – can distract cancer patients from pain and help caregivers manage stress. For more information, visit marybirdlake.org/thrive or call 225-215-0182.

PROGRESS IN CANCER CARE

Konstantin KotvunFeaturing Dr. Kos Kovtun
With Dr. Kay Solar

Are deaths from cancer on the decline? Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center radiation oncologist Dr. Kos Kovtun joins Dr. Kay Solar to discuss a recent study from the American Cancer Society. Learn what the study’s results mean for the country and Louisiana, how the Cancer Center is furthering progress, and what each of us can do now to help prevent cancer in the future.

HELP FUTURE GENERATIONS WITH CLINICAL RESEARCH

Featuring Greta Fry, clinical trial participant and Cyndi Knox, director of clinical research
With Dr. Kay Solar

To kick off National Cancer Prevention Month in February, clinical trial participant and nurse Greta Fry and Cyndi Knox, Director of Clinical Research at Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, join Dr. Kay Solar to discuss the value of participating in clinical trials, what the participants experience, and why medical research is important in Baton Rouge.

DOES CHILDBIRTH INCREASE BREAST CANCER RISK?

Featuring Dr. Mindy Bowie
With Dr. Kay Solar

Dr. Mindy Bowie, breast surgical oncologist, discusses a new study linking childbirth with an increased risk of breast cancer. She also addresses common breast cancer risk factors and symptoms, and things that everyone can do reduce their risk of any type of cancer.

THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF ROBOTIC SURGERY

John LyonsFeaturing Dr. John Lyons
With Dr. Kay Solar

Dr. John Lyons, surgical oncologist, is one of the few surgeons in the region who routinely removes cancer using robotic surgery. He discusses the ins and outs of minimally invasive procedures and explains how patients benefit from them.

RESOURCES AT BREAST & GYN CANCER PAVILION HELP PATIENTS THRIVE

PressFeaturing Francinne Lawrence, Ph.D, and Ron Richmond of Kelli’s Kloset
With Kevin Gallagher

Having access to resources can make a significant impact on cancer survivors’ well-being. Every first and third Thursday of the month, Kelli’s Kloset on Wheels is parked at the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion on the campus of Woman’s Hospital from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering free clothes to women with cancer. Listen as Francinne Lawrence, Ph. D., director of survivorship and integrative medicine at the Cancer Center and Ron Richmond of Kelli’s Kloset discuss how this and other survivorship benefits further the healing process.

BREATHE EASIER ABOUT LUNG CANCER: FACTS & SCREENING INFO

Daniel LaVieFeaturing Dr. Daniel LaVie
With Dr. Kay Solar

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, but some of the disease’s symptoms and causes may surprise you. Dr. Daniel LaVie, medical oncologist, discusses lung cancer facts and screening information. Learn more about lung cancer at marybirdlake.org/lung.

MANY EXPERTS. ONE BUILDING. EVERY WOMAN.

Featuring Dr. Mindy Bowie
With Dr. Kay Solar

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital have come together at the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion to provide the highest level of care to patients. Dr. Mindy Bowie, breast surgical oncologist, discusses best practices in breast cancer surgery and innovative treatments available at the Pavilion. Learn more about this partnership at sisterhoodstrong.org.

RESEARCH, TREATMENT AND PREVENTION: INGREDIENTS FOR HEALING

Jeanette KotvunFeaturing Dr. Jeanette Kovtun
With Dr. Kay Solar

Dr. Jeanette Kovtun, medical oncologist, discusses risk factors, innovative treatments, and prevention of breast cancer. She also shares that she is working on a cook book of healthy recipes for cancer patients. Learn more about breast cancer at marybird.org/breast.

CLINICAL TRIALS: INNOVATION IN CANCER CARE

Daniel LaVieFeaturing Dr. Daniel LaVie
With Dr. Kay Solar

Dr. Daniel LaVie, medical oncologist, discusses the excellence of the care provided to patients at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center that includes the most advanced care through clinical trials. Learn more about clinical trials at marybird.org/research.

INNOVATION IN PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENT

Konstantin KotvunFeaturing Dr. Kos Kovtun
With Dr. Kay Solar

Dr. Kos Kovtun, radiation oncologist, discusses innovation treatments in prostate cancer care such as the new SpaceOAR device that is available at all Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center locations. Learn more about prostate cancer at marybird.org/prostate.

THE GALA GOES GATSBY

Chrissy DupuyFeaturing Chrissy Dupuy
With Dr. Kay Solar

Chrissy Dupuy, Director of Development, talks about the upcoming Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s The Gala goes Gatsby fundraiser. Dupuy explains how all proceeds with go directly towards patients at the Cancer Center and Cancer Services. The Gala will take place at L’auberge on September 13th and will include food, dancing, live auctions and more!

PANCREATIC CANCER: NEW CLINICAL TRIAL BRINGS NEW HOPE

Vince CataldoFeaturing Dr. Vince Cataldo
With Dr. Kay Solar

Dr. Vince Cataldo, medical oncologist and hematologist, shares information about the new pancreatic cancer clinical trial that could offer hope to patients. This trial focuses on examining the effects of a new chemotherapy treatment taken with the current standard of care chemotherapy.

MAMMOGRAPHY CLINICAL TRIALS – TMIST

Featuring Dr. James F. Ruiz
With Dr. Kay Solar

Dr. James F. Ruiz, radiologist and TMIST principal investigator, explains how the TMIST trial will compare Standard Digital (2D) mammography versus Tomosynthesis (3D) to determine which method results in a long-term reduction of breast cancer mortality. The Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital are the only southeast Louisiana sites to offer this trial, which could impact breast cancer screening standards for generations to come.

RECTAL CANCER – ON THE RISE
Kelly Finan M.D.

Featuring Dr. Kelly Finan
With Dr. Kay Solar

Dr. Kelly Finan, chair of the rectal multidisciplinary team explains how the rectal MDT bring together specialists with different areas of expertise to evaluate every cancer patient and formulate a treatment plan that’s individualized. Dr. Finan discusses ways to reduce your risk of rectal cancer and the encourages everyone to get a colonoscopy screening at age 45 to reduce the risk of rectal cancer.

SUN SAFETY

Featuring Dr. John Lyons
With Dr. Kay Solar

Dr. John Lyons explains how the skin cancer multidisciplinary care team works together to treat those affected by skin and soft tissue cancer. He also discusses the importance of taking precautionary measures to protect your skin from harmful U.V. rays during the summer months.

 

PROVIDING ADVANCE CANCER CARE; BREAST AND GYN CANCER PAVILION

Breast and GYN Cancer PavilionFeaturing Teri Fontenot
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Teri Fontenot, president and CEO at Woman’s Hospital shares her excitement with Dr. Kay Solar as the newly unveiled Breast and GYN Cancer Pavilion opened its doors. The new facility offers specialized care for women, from early detection all the way to survivorship, women will be able to feel comfortable as they continue their journey.

ENHANCED RECOVERY AFTER SURGERY

Featuring Dr. Louis Barfield
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Dr. Louis Barfield discusses the prevention and risk factors of colorectal cancer and emphasizes the importance of having colorectal cancer screenings. Dr. Barfield explains the new Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol, which focuses on best practices through the three stages of the operation: before the operation, the operation itself, and post operation. The protocol he discussed aim to shorten the amount of time a patient spends recovering and lessen the amount of pain a patient goes through during and after these procedures.

KNOW YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Featuring Dr. Duane Superneau
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Dr. Duane Superneau, medical genetics doctor at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, joins Dr. Kay Solar to discuss the importance of knowing your family history, and explains how genetic testing can detect if a person is at risk of developing cancer.

FEST FOR LIFE

Featuring Johnnay Benjamin
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Johnnay Benjamin joins Dr. Kay Solar to encourage the public to come out to this year’s Fest for Life. She explains the five types of free cancer screenings that will be offered, along with other health screenings such as blood pressure and glucose tests. This event focuses on cancer prevention and offers a family-friendly fun outing with food, music and children’s activities. The event will take place on April 21 at Bonne Carre business center.

HOW PHYSICISTS ADVANCE CANCER CARE

Featuring Dr. Jonas Fontenot
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Dr. Jonas Fontenot, head of medical physics at Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, joins Dr. Kay Solar to discuss the role of medical physics in cancer care. He explains the innovation, such as the breath hold technique, that the medical physics department has developed and implemented at the Cancer Center to improve the quality of care given to patients. Dr. Fontenot also gives insight into the partnerships with the medical physics program and the School of Veterinary Medicine at LSU and how they work together with Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center to accelerate innovation.

PALLIATIVE CARE

Mary RavenFeaturing Dr. Mary Raven
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Dr. Mary Raven, medical director of palliative care at the Cancer Center, discusses how palliative care focuses on improving quality of life and avoiding suffering for any patient with serious illnesses who are still receiving treatment.

GEAUX FREE FOR THE NEW YEAR

Featuring Dr. Brad Vincent
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Dr. Brad Vincent, chair of the Lung Multidisciplinary Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, discusses risk factors associated with lung cancer and the importance of getting screened if you are at risk. Smoking drastically increases your chance for lung cancer, and Dr. Vincent discusses additional benefits of quitting tobacco.

CHRONIC DISEASES & GRIEF; HELP FOR NAVIGATION THE HOLIDAYS

Featuring Francinne Lawrence, Ph.D.
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Francinne Lawrence, Ph. D., manager of survivorship and integrative medicine at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, discusses navigating the holidays when struggling with chronic diseases and grief. She also offers helpful recommendations for friends and family to help make the holidays easier for the ones they love that are battling cancer.

PREVENTION ON THE GO FOR YOU

Featuring Johnnay Benjamin
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Johnnay Benjamin, director of Prevention on the Go at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, share ways to access free cancer screenings in the community. In addition, she explain the new Prevention on the Go In the Workplace program. Click here for more information.

WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA?

Featuring Dr. Emily Cassidy
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Dr. Emily Cassidy, chair of the Mesothelioma Specialty Treatment Team at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, explains what mesothelioma is, the risk factors and symptoms, and how the disease is treated. Click here for more information.

AFTER THE BELL SURVIVORSHIP CLINIC

Featuring Francinne Lawrence, Ph.D. and Laura Gaddy
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Francinne Lawrence, Ph. D., manager of survivorship and integrative medicine at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, and Laura Gaddy, survivorship program coordinator, explain the importance of supportive services in conjunction with cancer treatments. The after the Bell survivorship clinic teaches tip and techniques for living a normal life after cancer.

IMMUNOTHERAPY: TEACHING THE BODY TO FIGHT CANCER

Featuring Dr. Vince Cataldo
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Dr. Vince Cataldo, a medical oncologist at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, explains an innovative cancer treatment called immunotherapy. This treatment helps support the body’s own immune system to fight off cancer.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENTS

Featuring Dr. Charles Wood
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Dr. Charles Wood, the only radiation oncologist in Louisiana who is a Certified Applier of SpaceOAR, explains prostate cancer treatments and how SpaceOAR reduces the effects on other organs.

PARTNERING FOR THE MOST ADVANCED BREAST AND GYN CANCER CARE

Featuring Todd Stevens
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Todd Stevens, president and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, talks about the new breast and GYN cancer partnership with Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital. He shares how this increased collaboration helps patients and the community.

PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION OF CANCER SAVES LIVES

Featuring Dr. Katherine Castle
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Dr. Katherine Castle, a radiation oncologist at Mary Bird Perkins — Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, explains the importance of cancer screenings. She explains how prevention and early detection can save lives.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND GLIOBLASTOMA BRAIN TUMORS AND TREATMENT

Featuring Dr. Renee Levine
With Dr. Kay Solar and Betsy Barnes

Dr. Renee Levine, an oncologist and the Gamma Knife Icon medical director at Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, gives insight into glioblastoma, an aggressive malignant brain tumor. She explains symptoms, treatments and medical advancements with Gamma Knife Icon.

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