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August 2019


Tulane Lakeside Hospital Now Offering 3D Breast Biopsy

The Hologic® Affirm™ Prone Breast Biopsy System uses 3D imaging for biopsy guidance and increased precision.


Tulane Lakeside Hospital is one of the first facilities in the region to offer 3D-guided breast biopsy, an advanced, minimally invasive technique that provides a sample of tissue that doctors use to identify and diagnose breast abnormalities. 

The Hologic® Affirm™ Prone Breast Biopsy System uses 3D imaging for biopsy guidance and increased precision. The 3D visualization facilitates the localization and accurate targeting of lesions, including those that can be challenging to detect with conventional imaging techniques.

In addition, this new biopsy technology has several key advantages over standard X-ray biopsy procedures, including faster targeting and fewer X-ray exposures, resulting in shorter procedure times and reduced patient radiation doses. The new biopsy system also has the advantage of allowing the patient to recline comfortably in the prone position, removed from the field of view of the biopsy instruments.

“Tulane Lakeside Hospital is pleased to offer this advanced technology to the women in our community,” said Tara Beth Anderson, associate chief nursing officer at Tulane Lakeside. “The ability to biopsy small areas of interest that may not be visible using other imaging techniques provides a significant advantage to our physicians and their patients. And integrating this ability into a system that allows procedures to be performed with patients in the prone position represents a transformative innovation in breast biopsy. Tulane’s investment in this technology is another affirmation of our commitment to the early detection and diagnosis of this devastating disease.”

Tulane Health System has a tradition of investing in the latest technology to detect breast cancer. Tulane was the first facility in the Gulf South region to offer 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, and recently upgraded equipment to the latest Genius™ 3D Mammography™ system to provide better, earlier breast cancer detection for patients. Studies show that the 3D mammography exam has greater accuracy than 2D mammography for women across a variety of ages and breast densities. It is the only mammogram that is FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.

3D mammography is available at Tulane Medical Center and Tulane Lakeside Hospital in Metairie, and 3D breast biopsy is available at Tulane Lakeside Hospital.

To learn more, or to take a free breast cancer risk assessment, please visit

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

Hana Safah, MD, head of Tulane Cancer Center's Stem Cell Transplant Program, was named by New Orleans Magazine as a "Top Doctor" in Hematology/Medical Oncology.


New Orleans Magazine’s annual “Top Doctors” issue named 16 Tulane Cancer Center faculty as tops in their respective fields, including six who were among the area’s best hematology/medical oncology specialists:  

Bridgette Collins-Burow, MD, PhD
Marc J. Kahn, MD, MBA
Cindy Leissinger, MD
Nakhle Saba, MD
Hana Safah, MD
Oliver Sartor, MD

New Orleans Magazine utilized the services of Best Doctors, Inc., to compile this year’s list of 633 top local physicians in 73 specialties.

Best Doctors assembles the list by contacting each doctor on the previous year’s list and asking the same question— If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?

Doctors do not pay to be included on the list, and they are never automatically re-included.   Former “Best Doctors” are re-evaluated in each poll, along with new nominees. Doctors are allowed to vote on others in their hospital and medical practices; the feeling is that those doctors know their peers best. All voting is strictly confidential, and Best Doctors staff conduct additional research on credentials, disciplinary actions and clinical activity before a doctor is selected for the list.

In all, 79 Tulane physicians made the list this year. "On behalf of Tulane University School of Medicine, I would like to congratulate all our doctors, including those not listed. Your commitment to education, research and patient care continues to advance every aspect of the healthcare field," said L. Lee Hamm, MD, dean of Tulane School of Medicine.

Other Tulane Cancer Center faculty members making the list include: 

Hans Andersson MD—Medical/Pediatric Genetics & Pediatric Metabolic Diseases
Vecihi Batuman MD—Nephrology
Erin Boh MD, PhD—Dermatology
Stacy Drury MD, PhD—Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Samir El-Dahr MD—Pediatric Nephrology
Paul L. Friedlander MD—Otolaryngology & Surgery
L. Lee Hamm MD—Nephrology
Joseph Lasky MD—Pulmonary Medicine
Raju Thomas MD, MHA—Urology
Ihor Yosypiv MD—Pediatric Nephrology


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Previous Issues...

July 2019
Flemington Team Awarded $2.3 Million For Virus-Related Malignancies Research
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May 2019
Win a Truck & Help Cure Prostate Cancer
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
Improving Early Prostate Cancer Detection: Latest Technology Combines Imaging/Biopsy Tools to Improve Accuracy of Diagnosis
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
Lynch Syndrome Can Lead to Cancer — Why Physicians Don't Test For It
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
Tulane Doctor Elected to Elite Surgery College

July 2018
Tulane Welcomes Kendra Harris, MD, MSc - New Interim Chair of Radiation Oncology
Nakhle Saba Receives Ladies Leukemia League Grant to Study New Target for ALL
Bryan Subaru & LLS Bring Comfort to Patients Through Subaru Loves to Care Initiative

June 2018
Repurposed Drug Approach May Halt Spread of Cancer Cells
Tulane Head and Neck Experts Lead Call for HPV Vaccines
American Cancer Society Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

May 2018
Tulane Cancer Center Now Offering Imaging Tool to Detect Recurring Prostate Cancer
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
Gunning for a Cure Raises $192K for Prostate Cancer Research

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
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Cancer Crusaders Present Check for $210K
Free Skin Cancer Screenings Offered at Downtown Dermatology Clinic
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April 25, 2017
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Free Skin Cancer Screenings Offered at Covington Clinic
Second Annual Pink Bra Run Scheduled for Mother's Day Weekend

April 11, 2017
Tulane Researcher Shows Education Can Ease Fear in Cancer Patients
Thanks A Million!

March 10, 2017
Komen Grant Supports Study of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
One Man Can Make a Difference: 6th Annual One Man Shoot Takes Aim at Prostate Cancer
2017 Gunning for a Cure Fundraiser Exceeds $500,000 Goal!

February 16, 2017
Leading Study Backs Hormone Therapy With Radiation for Recurrent Prostate Cancer
Victory Bell: Donation Helps Cancer Patients Celebrate Survivorship

February 3, 2017
Genetic Counselors Help Patients Better Understand Inherited Cancer Risk
Perez Family Targets Prostate Cancer Through Sporting Clays Event

January 26, 2017
Tulane Researchers Find Tumor-Suppressing Protein Actually Promotes Cancer
Tickled Pink: Local Student Athletes Assist Breast Cancer Patients