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Video Playlist:

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Play Button  Extra - Colorectal Cancer - Dr. Xiao-Cheng Wu, director of the Louisiana Tumor Registry, describes why colorectal cancer is so easily preventable.
Play Button  Extra - Aggressive Breast Cancer - Dr. Xiao-Cheng Wu, director of the Louisiana Tumor Registry, says many black women in the state face a more aggressive form of breast cancer.
Play Button  Extra - Louisiana Risks - Dr. Karen DeSalvo, acting Sec. of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services says Louisianans face many cancer risks.
Play Button  Extra - Challenges for poor - Dr. Karen DeSalvo, acting Sec. of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, describes some additional challenges the poor face in dealing with cancer.
Play Button  Extra - Cancer Vaccinations - Dr. Karen DeSalvo, acting Sec. of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services explains some cancers you can be vaccinated against.
Play Button  Extra - HIV and Cancer - Dr. Augusto Ochoa with the La. Cancer Research Center talks about trials in the state for HIV patients with cancer.
Play Button  Extra - Viruses that kill cancer - Dr. Augusto Ochoa with the La. Cancer Research Center explains research being done in the state that uses viruses to kill cancer cells.
Play Button  Extra - Dogma has changed - Dr. Michael Castine with the Hematology and Oncology Clinic says the dogma for cancer treatment has changed.
Play Button  Extra - Optimism - Dr. Michael Castine with the Hematology and Oncology Clinic is optimistic about the future of cancer treatment.
Play Button  Extra - Vitamin E and Cancer - Paul Sylvester, Ph.D. with ULM’s Pharmacy School discusses cancer research he is doing on an element of vitamin E.
Play Button  Extra - Cells die - Paul Sylvester, Ph.D. with ULM’s Pharmacy School explains what a certain element of vitamin E does to cancer cells.

03/15 - Cancer in Louisiana

Why is Louisiana’s cancer death rate so much higher than the rest of America?

Why is Louisiana’s cancer death rate so much higher than the rest of America? Why is the colon cancer rate in Acadiana way above the national average? And what can be done to identify cancer earlier and provide the treatment patients need to defeat this disease? Louisiana Public Square brings together residents living with cancer and experts on the front lines of diagnosis, treatment and research to explore “Cancer in Louisiana” Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, March 24.)

Our panelists are:
• Louis Barfield, M.D., Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center
• Elizabeth T. H. Fontham, Ph.D., Founding Dean, LSUHSC School of Public Health
• Gerald Miletello, M.D., Pennington Cancer Center, B.R. General Medical Center
• Glenn Mills, M.D., Director of the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, Shreveport

The program also features interviews with Xiaocheng Wu, MD, director of the Louisiana Tumor Registry; Jordan Karlitz, M.D. with Tulane University School of Medicine; Paul W. Sylvester, Ph.D. with ULM’s Pharmacy School; Augusto Ochoa, M.D., Director of the LSU Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center and Dr. Michael Castine III, an oncologist with the Hermatology/Oncology Clinic.

LPB’s CEO, Beth Courtney and WAFB news anchor and cancer survivor, Donna Britt, moderate the discussion.

Funding for this project is provided in part by WETA Public Broadcasting, co-producer of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. To learn more about the program and view Louisiana cancer survivor stories, visit http://www.lpb.org/cancer.

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Cancer Resources


American Cancer Society - National resources


Louisiana Cancer Resources - From La. Cancer Prevention & Control Program

Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening locations - Searchable map


Prevention tips on common La. cancers - From LCPCP


Federally Qualified Health Centers - Treatment for Louisiana's uninsured


Louisiana Cancer Statistics - From La. Tumor Registry

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Posted by Jesus Ramos  on  03/23  at  11:40 AM

Yes good subject! In central Louisiana there are family that 4 out of 5 members have cancer. Mu wife has lost her father, mother, sister and one brother to cancer! They lived in Alexandria Louisiana in a area called Sam town. There is a Creosote plant that has been there since before most of them where born and flood waters full of oil standing in the yards for days on end. The oil films covered most everything they had inside the homes. and had to be washed off the houses after it receded. both her sister and mother had pancreatic cancer, the brother with brain cancer and her father with lung cancer! There are many in their neighborhood who has passed away from cancer in various forms. Women including my wife with multiple miscarriages and still born kids. We ourselves have had fully formed miscarriages and a set of twin girls that one was still born and the other premature birth survivor. There is to much in our state based on economics and politics. Law suits and rich timber baron’s lobbyist helping cover up things that cost money to the larger companies!
Please take into consideration as I have been on LPB;s Louisiana Public Square before and think you guys do an awesome job in getting information out to the general public!
Shadric Williams

Posted by Shadric Williams  on  03/26  at  10:06 AM

Sustain the remarkable job !! Lovin’ it!

Posted by Manuelmeri  on  03/30  at  01:30 PM

Watched “Cancer-Emperor”, etc. as well as LPS - awesome, just awesome. Donna and Beth are just fabulous - perfect commentators! Thank you to the panel for excellent dialogue. I honestly believe every adult has had some thought on treatment here or out of state - at some point or another - even if they don’t have it and for those that have been, I’m sure their first thought is MD Anderson. I’m so glad to know we can get the same treatment here if we need it and that someday - maybe soon, cancer can be treatable just every other dreaded or chronic disease. Thank you so much. I want to watch it again!

Posted by Jeanie Champagne  on  04/06  at  03:41 PM
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