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2 weeks ago Baton Rouge

Eric von Aspern

For 41-year-old Louisiana native Eric von Aspern, being diagnosed with a meningioma, a benign brain tumor that was near his optic nerve, came at a time when he least expected it. “It was ski season, and I was snowboarding. I didn’t feel right, but I wrote most of my symptoms off as the high altitude Read More
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2 months ago Baton Rouge

Fest for Life offers Lots of Louisiana-style Lagniappe

Louisiana is known for its fun, legendary festivals and events with unique spins on food, music and culture. However, ten years ago, something different premiered in Baton Rouge, offering an innovative approach to presenting cancer and other health topics with the same kind of flair. The annual event, Fest for Life, commenced in 2008, setting Read More
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3 months ago Baton Rouge , Covington , Gonzales , Hammond , Houma

“Prevention on the Go” Gets Going

On the go…It’s an accurate phrase to describe today’s high-speed world, and how we literally bring screenings to the public. At the Cancer Center, we’re constantly transforming to keep pace with changing times to reach more people and save more lives. And we won’t stop until cancer is no more. In this spirit, our early Read More
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3 months ago Baton Rouge , Covington , Gonzales , Hammond , Houma

Cancer: Nature Vs. Nurture

By Johnnay Benjamin, MPH, Director of Early Detection and Education Did you know you have the power to help prevent cancer? A recently-released study, receiving high profile media coverage, explores the age-old adage of nature versus nurture when it comes to cancer and cancer prevention. It reports that 66 percent of the genetic mutations that Read More
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3 months ago Baton Rouge

New Cancer Concern for Young Adults; a Leader Emerges

Generation X (born in late-1960s to early-1980s) and Millennials (born in mid-1980s to early 2000s) are learning that they may have increased risks for colorectal cancer. This warning comes from a newly released American Cancer Society study showing young adults have a higher risk of the disease, as compared to older generations. This is likely Read More
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3 months ago Baton Rouge

8 Reasons The Taste is the place to be on March 29

We’re embracing an 80s-style #WayBackWednesday in anticipation of the Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s signature fundraiser, The Taste, on March 29. Here are eight reasons why The Taste is the most delicious event of 2017. 100% Fundraising Efficiency Every dollar raised benefits patients, allowing us to serve them and Read More
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7 months ago Baton Rouge

Wanda Poche – Lung Cancer Survivor

Monroe native Wanda Poche, who has fought metastatic (advanced Stage IV) lung cancer since fall 2014, says her disease wasn’t responding to chemotherapy, so when her oncologist suggested immunotherapy, she was willing to try it. Now nearly one-and-a-half years after starting an immunotherapy drug, her scans show no evidence of cancer. Wanda is now feeling Read More
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8 months ago Baton Rouge

LIVING with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Kimberly Hathorn’s cancer experience has endured for nine years, but she continues to persevere and live life on her own terms. Originally diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2007, Kimberly was in remission until 2011. At that time, her cancer began metastasizing to various parts of her body, including her brain. “It’s always scary Read More
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9 months ago Baton Rouge

Blake LaBran, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor

At 28-years-old, cancer wasn’t something Blake LaBran thought about. But after experiencing weight loss, night sweats, lack of appetite and growth of a neck mass, he knew something was seriously wrong with his health. Blake saw his physician and soon after received the news: he was one of the 2.6 per 100,000 people per year Read More
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9 months ago Baton Rouge

Clyde Sandifer, Acute Myeloid Leukemia Survivor

When someone hears the words, “You have cancer,” their world immediately changes and every area of their life is impacted. Fortunately, the Cancer Center’s THRIVE survivorship program offers many resources to address the emotional, physical and spiritual challenges patients and their loved ones face with a cancer diagnosis. THRIVE participants Clyde Sandifer, who is currently Read More

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