SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Cancer patients from across Northwest Louisiana — who are receiving treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston — could soon benefit from new trials closer to home.
FEIST-WEILLER CANCER CENTER 22ND LIFE SAVERS AUCTION
Did you know the American Cancer Society says the US will lose over 600,000 lives to cancer in 2020? Feist-Weiller Cancer Center (FWCC) delivers comprehensive cancer care to ALL patients in the Ark-La-Tex. We are the only oncology facility that treats both insured and non-insured patients in all of Northern Louisiana, providing critical services for many who would otherwise be unable to receive cancer treatment. The FWCC provides a full range of services from cutting-edge cancer research and treatment to the latest advances in cancer prevention and education programs.
Our Life Savers event is dedicated to raising money for cancer research. Life Savers proceeds provide crucial research resources for Feist-Weiller Cancer Center IDEA Grants, awarded on a competitive basis to FWCC researchers investigating ways to fight and prevent cancer. Over the past 22 years, 32 local IDEA Grant awards have resulted in over $14.3 million in national grants coming back to FWCC labs. FWCC patients benefit as well from Life Savers proceeds used to enrich patient care and treatment, encourage healthy lifestyles, promote survivorship strategies, and provide important cancer prevention education. These services are available both at our facilities and through Partners in Wellness.
♦ ♦ From the Comfort of Your Own Home
A department of the School of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport in Northwest Louisiana, Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is an academic facility with many different board certified specialists who work together to provide comprehensive cancer care.
Oncologists, hematologists, surgeons, radiologists, therapists and basic science researchers collaborate to offer preeminent cancer research, cancer prevention programs and excellent treatment to cancer patients.
Richard P. Mansour
Professor of Medicine
Interim Director, FWCC
Program Director of Hematology/Oncology Fellowship
Medical oncologists and hematologists at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center are board certified in internal medicine, then specially trained and certified in medical oncology (cancer medicine), hematology (blood disorders) or both. Specialists in Surgical Oncology, ENT Oncology, Radiation Oncology, GYN Oncology, Urologic Oncology, Neuro Oncology and Orthopaedic Oncology join forces with adult and pediatric oncologists and hematologists to develop the most appropriate and personalized treatment plan for each patient.
Among the signature strengths of Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is translational cancer research in which physicians and scientists take clinical problems from the bedside to the research laboratory where solutions are generated that come back to the bedside. This type of research allows the scientific discoveries to more rapidly become practical applications that can be used in assessment and treatment of cancer patients.
Patient care at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is comprehensive and unique. Through LSU Health Shreveport's partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the outpatient facility includes a St. Jude Affiliate Clinic in which children are treated according to detailed St. Jude protocols. In addition, adult patients have opportunities to participate in clinical trials with the newest treatments to combat cancer. Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is humbled by the number of patients who, by their own choice, take advantage of exploring novel therapeutic interventions. Feist-Weiller Cancer Center leads enrollment for numerous clinical trials in the Southwest Oncology Group.
MISSION AND VALUES
Feist-Weiller Cancer Center engages in multidisciplinary, translational cancer research, provides patients cutting-edge treatment with access to national cancer clinical trials, and educates both physicians and the community about the prevention, treatment, and the science of cancer.
The Feist-Weiller Cancer Center team is committed to bringing life-saving discoveries about cancer to all of Louisiana and beyond. Collaboration between cancer researchers and treating physicians fosters a more comprehensive understanding of cancer. Feist-Weiller Cancer Center faculty:
- conduct laboratory research and clinical research to discover better methods of preventing and treating cancer
- provide adult and pediatric patients with state-of-the-art cancer care, regardless of their ability to pay
- educate and train Hematology/Oncology Fellows, community physicians, and local residents about the most modern cancer treatments so all patients will receive the best possible cancer care
- supply Louisiana communities with cancer screenings and education materials for prevention through Partners in Wellness, a unique community cancer screening program
The Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is excited to be a part of the Cancer Focus Fund to bring the latest new cancer clinical trials to our community," said Dr. Chris Kevil, Vice-Chancellor for Research at LSU Health Shreveport. "We are confident our clinical trial facilities, coupled with expanded patient access to clinical trials across north and central Louisiana in partnership with Ochsner Health, will yield promising results for all citizens of Louisiana.
Dr. Andrew Yurochko shares that in some areas of NW Louisiana, Feist-Weiller's "Partners in Wellness", while focused on mammography and other cancer screening, also provided the only health care available. Now, the program’s three vans offer testing for COVID-19.
Saturday, February 8th, LSU Health Shreveport Faculty continued executing a day of free health screenings at the 4th annual Family Health Day at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center.
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