Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to Kick Off Series to Share the Latest Advancements in Cancer Care on the Northshore

COVINGTON, La. – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will launch its “Together We Triumph” Cancer Series on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Greater Covington Center (128 W. 23rd Avenue). This free educational event will serve as an opportunity for local cancer patients, survivors, healthcare providers and community supporters to learn more about the latest advancements in cancer care and the many ways in which Mary Bird Perkins is serving communities across the Northshore.

The panel will share updates on the latest cancer research findings, screenings, treatments and therapies. Doors open and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., with the physician panel starting at 6:30 p.m.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Advancements in Radiation Therapy
  • Advancements in Clinical Research
  • The Latest Trends in Breast Surgical Oncology
  • Emergence of Integrative Oncology

Panelists include:

  • Scott Bermudez, M.D., radiation oncologist, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Vera Hendrix, M.D., a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist, Lakeshore Surgical
  • Patricia Braly, M.D., gynecological oncologist, Women’s Cancer Care
  • Jack Saux, M.D., medical oncologist, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Agustin Suarez, M.D., palliative medicine, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

“We are excited to host this community event,” said Mike Miranda, administrator, Northshore region, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “As the largest cancer care organization in the Gulf South, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is home to some of our region’s most experienced oncologists and cancer care specialists – and, as you will see from our list of panelists, many of them live, work and raise their families right here on the Northshore.”

Miranda continued, “We encourage everyone to come out and hear from these experts on some of the leading topics impacting our industry. Our community will learn that, when it comes to serving the needs of our patients on the Northshore, Mary Bird Perkins stays on the forefront of information and innovation to improve survivorship.”

Since 1998, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has provided cancer services on the Northshore. The Center’s modern, comprehensive cancer facility provides the full spectrum of cancer care, from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Services include medical oncology (chemotherapy/immunotherapy), radiation therapy, imaging, clinical research trials, patient navigation, free community screenings, education and more. These services are readily available to Northshore residents where it matters most – close to family and just minutes from home.

“Advancements in cancer care are happening in St. Tammany Parish,” said Mike Cooper, St. Tammany Parish president. “I am excited that Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is offering programs and events to help our residents through incredibly challenging times. I encourage all of our citizens to attend this event to learn about the research, screening, treatment, medicine and technology advancements available to us all.”

This event is open to the general public, but space is limited. To reserve your spot, please RSVP by September 25. RSVP by visiting For questions, please email

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for more than 50 years. The cancer care organization provides care at 10 centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Gonzales, Hammond, Houma, Opelousas, Slidell, and Natchez, Mississippi, and its service area encompasses southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi regions. Mary Bird Perkins has a strategic affiliation with OneOncology and the largest radiation and medical oncology groups from across the area including exclusive partnerships with Southeastern Louisiana Radiation Oncology Group, which provides radiation therapy throughout Mary Bird Perkins’ service areas, Northshore Oncology Associates, serving St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, specifically the communities of Covington and Slidell and Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates, which services the Greater Baton Rouge area. For more information, please visit