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Mary Bird Perkins receives $2 million grant for North Baton Rouge cancer care 
September 29, 2022

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. 

Healing space created for cancer patients at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington
August 12, 2022

The serene and calming environment inside the Image Recovery Room, powered by Chevron, provides patients with a wide range of facial and cosmetology offerings.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center unveils new mobile medical unit
August 9, 2022

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.

Mary Bird Perkins expands clinic research, adds genetic services
August 3, 2022

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.

Patients could get life-saving care quicker thanks to new legislation
May 20, 2022

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.

New bill could prevent unnecessary delays for cancer patients across Louisiana
May 18, 2022

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.

Patients get screened for cancer for free at event in downtown Baton Rouge
May 14, 2022

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.

New food pantry to serve cancer patients as treatment costs rise
April 21, 2022

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. 

Everything you need to know about the history of Gonzales. City celebrating 100 years with birthday party                                                                                                                                            April 18, 2022

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.

How Having Our Own High-Resolution Avatar Could Transform Healthcare—in Cancer Clinics and in Space
January 18, 2022

“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.”

The Long Road to Recovery: A Snapshot of Cancer Screening in the U.S.
January 5, 2022

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.

Mary Bird Perkins, BR General agreement leads to additional hiring, talk of further expansion
January 5, 2022 

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.

Mary Bird Perkins CEO: Focusing solely on cancer is key in crowded market
November 15, 2021

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.

New Cancer Technology Coming to Baton Rouge, Set to Help Patients with Complex Types of Cancer
October 5, 2021

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.

$10 Million New Cancer Therapy at Mary Bird Perkins Can Target Typically Untreatable Tumors
September 22, 2021

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.”

Mary Bird Perkins, LSU receive $7.8M donation for cancer research
August 24, 2021

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, OLOL to part ways; cancer center finds new out-of-state partner
August 18, 2021

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 expanding services on North Shore
July 13, 2021

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.

Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center Earns Accreditation from ACSCOC
June 25, 2021

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 partners with tech firm to expand cancer screenings 
May 20, 2021

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.

Going the Distance: Innovation in Radiation Research Takes LSU Medical Physics Student from Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to SpaceX
April 7, 2021

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.

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