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September 2020


Join Our Community Webinar
on Prostate Cancer
Thursday, September 24 - 5 PM

Oliver Sartor, MD

In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Oliver Sartor, one of the world's foremost experts on advanced prostate cancer and head of Tulane's Prostate Cancer Research Program, will discuss the latest in research and treatment in a live virtual lecture on Thursday, September 24, at 5 PM.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. If you're interested in attending (virtually), please register at .  Login instructions will be emailed once registration is complete.

Prostate cancer patients and their caregivers, those with a family history of the disease, physicians and other healthcare providers, or anyone else with an interest in learning more should plan to log in.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American men behind skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in every nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, and one in 41 will die of this disease.  “This seminar will raise awareness and provide men with the information they need to be proactive when it comes to their prostate health,” said Dr. Sartor.

For more information on the webinar, please contact Melanie Cross at 504-988-6592 or

This event is sponsored by:

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Patient Stories - Cyril Harvey, Jr.

Cyril Harvey Jr.

When Cyril Harvey, Jr. learned he had prostate cancer, he combed through books, scholarly articles and websites for information on the best medical treatments, recommended lifestyle changes, and vitamins and supplements. He wanted to leave no stone unturned in his quest for knowledge.

His intensive research led Cyril to meet with multiple urologists and cancer experts, but he felt rushed in and out of clinics, and like the doctors weren’t really listening to his concerns. He still hadn’t found what he was looking for in a physician.

“One day I was back on the web searching and I saw an ad for a Tulane prostate cancer clinic and clicked on it,” said Cyril. After perusing the website, he liked what he saw and decided to make an appointment with the Tulane Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic.

During his clinic appointment, Cyril and his wife met with multiple physicians on the same day, including radiation oncologist Dr. Kendra Harris, medical oncologist Dr. Pedro Barata, and urologist and surgeon Dr. Spencer Krane.

“They spent hours with me reviewing all the test results and records I brought with me to the appointment. Then they had a meeting about me, and came back in and gave a presentation!” Cyril said. “Dr. Harris discussed my options of radiation versus removal, and Dr. Krane actually went step-by-step through the entire robotic surgery for prostate removal. In addition to making me feel like family, they told me things I never knew – the main one being that if you have radiation and it doesn’t work, then you can’t have surgery.”

The Tulane multidisciplinary team and Cyril worked together to create a personalized care plan which included prostate surgery.

The last thing Cyril remembers before his surgery was Dr. Krane saying to him, “I’m going to take care of you now.” Cyril came out of that surgery cancer-free and made a quick and full recovery. At his post-surgery clinic appointment, Dr. Krane showed Cyril a lab report and said, “Want to see something beautiful? I believe you are cured.”

Cyril is back to living life to its fullest, but he is still humbled by his cancer diagnosis and thankful to be cured.

“Since being diagnosed, I didn’t feel at ease until I went to Tulane,” Cyril said. “I think I have truly been blessed to have been guided to them, and thankful to have found them and the whole team.”

Click here to learn more about the Tulane Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic, or call the clinic coordinator at (504) 988-2342.

MD Prostate Cancer Team

Tulane's Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic allows physicians from three disciplines - medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology - to meet with patients in one convenient setting. Pictured are (from left) Brian Lewis, MD, MPH, and Pedro Barata, MD, MSc, from medical oncology; Kendra Harris, MD, MSc, chair of radiation oncology; and Spencer Krane, MD, from urologic surgical oncology. (Story by Sarah Balyeat; team photo taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.)



NOLA Bluedoo is Canceled, BUT Prostate Cancer Research Support is Still Needed!

NOLA Bluedoo Crowd

Unfortunately, due to public gathering restrictions related to COVID-19, the 2020 NOLA Bluedoo event has been canceled.
However, prostate cancer continues. And research funds are still urgently needed to assist in the search for new treatment options.

We are deeply thankful to our previous Bluedoo sponsors, as well as the donors listed below, who have chosen to continue their support of NOLA Bluedoo and Tulane's Prostate Cancer Research Fund this year, despite the event's cancellation.

We ask that you join them by making a tax-deductible donation today! Every penny donated is immediately available to Dr. Oliver Sartor and his team as they work to continue their progress against this disease.
To make your gift via credit card, please visit and click the link in the red box at the top of the page.
Prefer to donate via check? Please make check payable to “Tulane Cancer Center,” reference “NOLA Bluedoo” in the memo line and send to Tulane Cancer Center, ATTN: K. Green, 1430 Tulane Ave., #8668, New Orleans, LA 70112.    

Thank you for your support!


Many Thanks to Our
2020 NOLA Bluedoo Donors...


Philip F. Lapeyre




Mr. & Mrs. J. Terrell Brown


Nick & Diane Chronis
Mr. & Mrs. J. Scott Key

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Robert R. Monaco
Jerry & Rhenda Saporito
Robert L. Sebastian
Barney & Peggy Wall
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Previous Issues...

August 2020
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Gynecologic Oncology: Diverse Team of "Women Caring for Women"

June 2020
$792K ACS Grant to Help Metastatic Cancer Patients Understand/Access Palliative Care
Tulane Scientists Find a Switch to Flip and Turn off Breast Cancer Growth and Metastasis
$100K Kay Yow Cancer Fund Grant to Raise Clinical Trial Awareness In Minority Patients
Fruit Flies Help Shed Light on Tumor Formation, Migration and Growth

May 2020
Tulane Seeks Recovered COVID-19 Patients to Volunteer as Plasma Donors for Clinical Trial
A Ray of Hope in the Crisis, Dr. Kendra Harris Shines Light on Needs of Healthcare Providers
ACS Grant to Help Cancer Patients Overcome Transportation Barriers Especially Critical Now
Study Targeting Tumor Genetic Mutations Yields ‘Practice Changing’ Results for Prostate Cancer Treatment
Gunning for a Cure 2020 Raises $220K for Prostate Cancer Research

February 2020
Spike in U.S. Colorectal Cancer Rates From Age 49 to 50 Suggests Many Cases Likely Undiagnosed Before Screenings
Gunning for a Cure: Making a "Tremendous Difference" to Prostate Cancer Research
Radiation Oncologist Audrey Dang Returns to NOLA / Joins Tulane's Team
Death by Chocolate: A Sweet (and Savory!) Success
Pink Games Initiative Sets New Record in Effort to Assist Local Cancer Patients

January 2020
Radiation Oncology to Unveil New Linear Accelerator / Patient Care Area
Krewe de Pink Presents Death by Chocolate
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December 2019
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November 2019
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October 2019
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Sixth Annual NOLA Bluedoo Raises $143K for Prostate Cancer Research
Cancer Crusaders Support Research/Celebrate Life at Annual Luncheon
Blue Ribbon Soiree Closing in on $1 Million Raised for Prostate Cancer Initiatives
Krewe de Pink Continues Their Support of Breast Cancer Research with $35K Gift

August 2019
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16 Tulane Cancer Center Faculty Named "Top Docs" by New Orleans Magazine

July 2019
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May 2019
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Researcher's Publication Honored as "Top 100" by Scientific Reports
New Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic Enhances Care / Convenience
In the Pink: 4th Annual Pink Bra Run Raises Spirits/Funds for Breast Cancer Research
Cancer Crusaders Raise $171K for Tulane/LSU Cancer Research Programs

April 2019
Researcher Awarded $1.8 Million NCI Grant to Study New Targets for Rare Pediatric Cancer
Meet Us at the Levee: Pink Bra Run to Benefit Breast Cancer Research!
2019 One Man Shoot Continues the Mission - Making a Difference in Fighting Prostate Cancer

March 2019
Exploring "Dark Matter of Genomes" Could Shed Light on Cancer Risk
Joe W. & Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation Grant Supports Training of Aspiring Female Scientists
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Q & A - "Screening Saves Lives"

February 2019
Improving Access to Care Top Priority for New Genitourinary Cancers Expert
Study Finds Genetic Risks Associated With Prostate Cancer are Underestimated
Greenberg Family Endowment Boosts Fight Against Prostate Cancer
8th Annual One Man Shoot: Proving "One Man Can Make a Difference"
Gunning for a Cure Sets New Record, Raising $220K for Prostate Cancer Research
Tulane Medical Students Raise Money for Pediatric Cancer Research

January 2019
New Gynecologic Oncologist Aims to Reduce Cervical Cancer Rates in NOLA
Tulane Study Finds Potential Role for Personality Psychology in Cancer Care
Sixth Annual Gunning for a Cure Benefits Prostate Cancer Research
Student Athletes Provide Much-Needed Financial Assistance to Cancer Patients

December 2018
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Advanced Cancer Patients Can Live Longer with Palliative Care, Tulane Study Says
Serve and Assist: Student Athletes Raise Funds for Patient Relief

November 2018
Prostate Cancer Patients Target of New $1.6M Tulane Study
Tulane Opens Novocure Trial for Patients with Stage 4 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
The Great American Smokeout ® - Quitting Starts Here!
8th Annual Blue Ribbon Soiree Sets Record, Raising $130K for Prostate Cancer Research
Krewe de Pink Celebrates New Orleans-Style, Donating $35K to Breast Cancer Research!

October 2018
Researcher Examines Role of DNA-Damaging Elements in Aging/Age-Related Diseases
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Fifth NOLA Bluedoo a Record-Setting Success - Raises $193K for Prostate Cancer Research

August 2018
Tulane Cancer Center to Host Free Prostate Cancer Seminar
Fifth Annual NOLA Bluedoo Celebrates Prostate Cancer Survivorship New Orleans-Style
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July 2018
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June 2018
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American Cancer Society Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

May 2018
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Grant Supports Smoking Cessation Education for Outpatient Mental Health Facilities
It's All About the Pink - Third Annual Pink Bra Run Supports Breast Cancer Research
Cancer Crusaders Donate $169,000 to Tulane/LSU Cancer Research Programs

April 2018
Grant Supports Smoking Cessation Program for Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients
Med Student Takes Top Honors at Recent Meeting
State Rep. Julie Stokes to Lead 3rd Annual Pink Bra 5K Fun Run
7th Annual One Man Shoot Raises $130,000 for Prostate Cancer Research
Grant Supports Smoking Cessation Program For Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patients

March 2018
Researcher Explores Unique Genetic Mutation Associated with Liver Cancer
Healing Hands Across the Divide: Evolving to Address Cancer Disparities
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February 2018
Tulane Oncologist Outlines Prostate Cancer Treatment Advances in New England Journal of Medicine
Pink Games raise money — and hope — for patients fighting cancer

May 25, 2017
Prostate Cancer Immunotherapy Works Better for African-American Men
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April 25, 2017
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April 11, 2017
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March 10, 2017
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February 16, 2017
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February 3, 2017
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January 26, 2017
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