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LSUHSC awarded $5.6 million NCI grant to save lives and boost economy
Date:8/7/2014

agnosis and treatment as well as to help patients cope with the extended process of recovering from cancer. Advancing ongoing research, the initiative is also a major step in addressing the health disparities in the region.

According to LSUHSC New Orleans' Louisiana Tumor Registry, the incidence rates for cancers of all sites combined among white and black men as well as black women in Louisiana were significantly higher than those for their national counterparts. In contrast, the rate for white women in the state was significantly lower than nationwide. Statewide, each of the four major race/sex groups had a significantly higher death rate for all sites combined than its national counterpart.

"We are excited to be one of the initial sites participating in this research effort. This is the first time we have a public-private partnership such as this that will bring cutting-edge cancer research treatments to the entire state," said Glenn Mills, MD, FACP, Director of the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center on the campus of LSU Health Shreveport.

"Our goal through this collaboration is to leverage our leadership and experience to help fight cancer in local Louisiana communities," said Renea Duffin, vice president of cancer support and outreach for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and Co-Principal Investigator for the grant. "Along with our strong LSU academic partners and the substantial resources of NCI, we look forward to helping patients get the leading-edge care they need today and developing the treatments and cures for tomorrow."


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Contact: Leslie Capo
lcapo@lsuhsc.edu
504-568-4806
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
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