Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, a Center of Excellence in Cancer Research, Treatment and Education at LSUHS and Loxo@Lilly, the oncology unit of Eli Lilly and Company, recently launched a new research collaboration that will provide next-generation sequencing (NGS) access to underserved cancer patients in the northern Louisiana region.
North Louisiana's only academic cancer center.
Feist-Weiller Cancer Center began as a designated Center of Excellence in Cancer Research, Treatment and Education in 1993, named following a generous philanthropic gift by Carroll Feist to honor the Feist and Weiller families. Today, FWCC brings cancer research, clinical care, and medical education together as we work toward new and improved models of cancer prevention and treatment.
Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is supported by the partnership between Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and LSU Health Shreveport. Feist-Weiller's research and education initiatives are backed by the academic mission of LSU Health Shreveport while Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport oversees the delivery of clinical care at FWCC. Together, collaboration between cancer researchers and treating physicians fosters a comprehensive understanding of cancer, increased access to treatments, and opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials.
FWCC has two major roles:
To advance cancer care and reduce the burden of cancer in North Louisiana
To develop research programs, faculty, and facilities that will lead to better and more innovative approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment
Integrate to Accelerate
Among the signature strengths of Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is translational research. In translational cancer research, basic science findings are translated through clinical care into tomorrow's improved therapies. 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.
Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is focused on the coordinated growth of clinical and research programs aimed at cancer prevention and control. In 2021, we began reorganizing our cancer research programs to strategically address four critical areas of cancer research:
- Genetics and Cancer Biology
- Viral Oncology and Immunology
- Cancer Preventative Control and Health Care Disparities
- Developmental: Clinical and Translational Oncology/Cancer Therapeutics
Mission and Values
Engage in Multidisciplinary, Translational Cancer Research
Provide patients cutting-edge Treatment with access to national cancer Clinical Trials
Educate physicians and the community about the Prevention, Treatment, and Science of cancer
Our 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. Our 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
318 Forum - Towanno Alexander, RT, Project Manager for Partners In Wellness at LSUHS, shares information on how LSUHS is supporting cancer prevention and treatment in our community and abroad. "Everyone agrees that early detection and prevention are key in cancer survival."
KSLA12 - LSU Health Shreveport is excited to host its second annual cancer survivorship walkathon on Saturday, May 13.The walkathon was started after medical student, Tanner Ward, saw a need in the community to celebrate their friends and loved ones.
KTBS3 - A group of LSU Health Shreveport students put together Survivor Saturday Walking Group for cancer survivors on Saturday mornings at 9 am at Betty Virginia Park with a big walkathon to be held May 13.
KALB5 - The LSUHS Feist-Weiller Cancer Center Partners in Wellness mobile screening unit is traveling through North Louisiana to offer mobile cancer screenings.