In 2009, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center established its Gonzales location, offering state-of-the-art radiation oncology services. Over the past decade, Ascension Parish has not only experienced significant growth but also faced disproportionately high rates of cancer incidence, surpassing the state average. In response to this critical need, we have made substantial investments in leading-edge technology and programs, significantly elevating our cancer program to new heights.
Thanks to the incredible support from loyal community stakeholders, Mary Bird Perkins served thousands of residents – ensuring patients have local access to high-quality treatments, advanced technology, diagnostic imaging, and essential support services, all without leaving their community.
Recently, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales took a significant step forward by introducing the Elekta Infinity, a state-of-the-art radiation treatment system that aggressively targets tumors without damaging healthy tissue and reduces the time required for radiotherapy. This leading-edge technology, which provides our medical staff with even more options to ensure patients receive the most precise and effective treatment plans, is the Cancer Center’s latest investment in high-quality cancer care close to home. Additionally, Mary Bird Perkins in Gonzales is the first provider in the region to offer a groundbreaking radiation treatment called PLUVICTO, specifically designed for patients with advanced prostate cancer.
Answering the community’s call, the Cancer Center recently began offering chemotherapy and infusion services, and quickly outgrew the space. Until recently, Ascension Parish residents in need of infusion were often referred to facilities in Baton Rouge or New Orleans. To meet growing demand, Mary Bird Perkins is embarking on a transformative renovation and facility expansion.
Mary Bird Perkins is further solidifying its commitment to cancer care in Ascension Parish by unveiling a new fundraising initiative that aims to redefine the landscape of cancer care in Gonzales. Focused on expanding and enhancing infusion and support services, this initiative is more than a campaign; it is a transformative collaboration and a meaningful opportunity for the community to invest in shaping the future of cancer care in the region.
Envisioning a dynamic and comforting environment, the proposed enhancements aim to increase current capacity from serving approximately 100 patients monthly to accommodating 250-300 patients each month. Beyond physical expansion, this initiative introduces mission-driven resources, including a patient navigator to guide patients and their families through the cancer journey, removing barriers to care and ensuring they always know what to expect next.
Winning the fight against cancer requires a united community. As we launch this initiative with a goal to raise $2.5 million by December 2025, we invite the Ascension Parish community (and beyond) to not only join us in building walls, but building, strengthening and surrounding patients with everything they need to triumph over cancer.
Winning the fight against cancer takes a community coming together with one common goal. Your investment can have a lasting impact for those battling the disease right here at home. There are over 50 unique naming opportunities available for you to honor a family member, friend or loved one— including special recognition on one of the 18 semi-private infusion bays in our newly renovated infusion suite. This gift can be made through a multi-year option up to five years.