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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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