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January 2020


Radiation Oncology to Unveil New Linear Accelerator / Patient Care Area

Kendra Harris, MD, chair of Radiation Oncology at Tulane Cancer Center, (third from left) invites community physicians, allied health professionals and community supporters to the department’s Open House and Ribbon-Cutting on Wednesday, January 29, 4:30 – 6:00 PM, when the new linear accelerator, CT simulator and patient care area will be officially unveiled.


Tulane Health System recently upgraded its radiation oncology technology, facilities and capabilities with the addition of a new linear accelerator and CT simulator and a renovated patient care area.

"These investments will improve patient care with shorter treatment sessions in a more comfortable environment, as well as help reduce treatment side effects by better targeting radiation to avoid normal tissues," said Kendra Harris, MD, chair of Radiation Oncology.

In celebration, the Radiation Oncology Department will host an open-house and ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, January 29, 4:30 - 6:00 PM, at the Tulane Cancer Center Comprehensive Clinic, 150 S. Liberty St., New Orleans.

The Radiation Oncology Department invites community physicians and allied health professionals as well as community supporters to join us at the Open House. Refreshments will be served and tours of the patient care area will be offered. Parking is available in the Saratoga Garage above the cancer clinic (enter from Saratoga St.).

The TrueBeam linear accelerator is an innovative system that uses image-guided, high-precision radiotherapy to treat cancers anywhere in the body, including the prostate and head and neck, as well as provide breath-hold-guided treatments to the lung and breast and focused treatment to the brain.

For more information on the ribbon-cutting or to RSVP, please contact Jill Woodson Garrett at or 504-988-6324.


Krewe de Pink Presents Death by Chocolate


Local non-profit Krewe de Pink will honor "Six Sweet Survivors of Breast Cancer" at their inaugural "Death by Chocolate - Not Breast Cancer" fundraiser on Friday, February 7, 5:30 PM at Schoen Mansion on Canal St.

“We are excited to announce our 'Six Sweet Survivors,' who represent the advances that have been made in breast cancer research and are inspiration for those fighting the disease,” explains Carol Osborne, president of Krewe de Pink.

Being honored at the event are:

Breanne Kostyk — Pastry Chef, Ace Hotel New Orleans

Lisa Picone Love — Sales Manager, St. Charles Avenue Magazine

Carole Cukell Neff — Attorney, Sessions Fishman Nathan and Israel

Norma Jane Sabiston — President, Sabiston Consultants

Kim Sport — Attorney & Activist, Breastoration Founder

Julie Stokes, CPA — Civic Leader & Recovering State Representative

These extraordinary women will be the guests of honor at the chocolate- and champagne-tasting event, which also features a competition among Delgado’s Culinary and Pastry Arts program students. The students will be creating 12 tasty chocolate bites. Each will be judged on their chocolate-inspired dishes – both sweet and savory – and 1st- and 2nd -place prizes will be awarded in both categories.

Guests will participate in the judging; enjoy special ruby chocolate confections from Callebaut Chocolate, generously donating the chocolate for the event; and receive swag bags, compliments of Delgado. Delgado’s Music Department will also provide the evening's entertainment.

Hillery Moise, event chair, applauds the Six Sweet Survivors. “They are an inspiration to us all and make what we do here so important to the eradication of the disease,“ she adds.

Krewe de Pink's Death by Chocolate - Not Breast Cancer, like its sister fundraisers Pink Bra Run and the Pink Prom, directly supports breast cancer research at Tulane Cancer Center. Specifically, funds raised support the work of Dr. Bridgette Collins-Burow and her team as they seek to better understand triple-negative breast cancer, a particularly aggressive form of the disease that tends to be more common in women younger than age 40, who are African-American, or who have a BRCA1 mutation.

Dedicated to producing fundraising events with a New Orleans flair, KDP was started in 2009 by a team of concerned and passionate locals who were all affected by breast cancer and who wanted to fight back. Over the last three years, KDP has donated $100,000 to Tulane.

Death by Chocolate is made possible by the generosity of the beautiful Schoen Mansion, Delgado Community College’s Culinary and Pastry Arts program and Music Department, Callebaut Chocolate, and members of Krewe de Pink. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at or at Eventbrite.

For more information, please visit or contact Hillery Moise, (504) 237-4717, or Carol Osborne, (504) 606-1347,

Tulane Health First in Region to Offer Focal Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Tulane is the only provider of focal therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer in the Greater New Orleans region.

Men who have been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer often face a difficult choice when reviewing their treatment options. Generally, patients must choose between active surveillance – essentially keeping an eye on the cancer to see if it gets worse – and aggressive treatments like traditional surgery or radiation, which can have side effects, such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Now, thanks to a new treatment offered by Tulane Health System, some men have the option of focal therapy, a targeted treatment that destroys areas of cancer in the prostate while sparing the rest of the healthy tissue.

Tulane Health System is the only system offering this treatment in the greater New Orleans region.

“With focal therapy, the cancer can potentially be targeted and treated more effectively in a less-invasive fashion, similar to a lumpectomy to treat breast cancer,” said Dr. Spencer Krane, a urologist at Tulane Health System. “We're thrilled to be able to offer this new technology and service to our community. It's our hope that this will have a significant and positive effect on men's quality of life.”

Focal therapy involves the use of groundbreaking new prostate MRI technology as a guidance tool to pinpoint the cancer. Once the cancer has been localized, physicians use specialized equipment to destroy it by either burning it using focused ultrasound (HIFU) or freezing the cancer (cryotherapy).

By focusing specifically on the cancer and not the rest of the prostate, physicians are able to preserve the structures next to the prostate that are important for urinary and sexual function. The goal of focal therapy is to destroy small tumors within the prostate while leaving the remainder of the gland intact.

Focal therapy may not be the best course of treatment for all cases, but it is just one of several treatment options available throughout Tulane Health System. If you'd like to learn more about all Tulane Health System prostate cancer treatment options, please contact the Tulane Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic at (504) 988-2342.





  • Proceeds benefit Tulane Cancer Center's Prostate Cancer Research Program.
  • One lucky winner will receive the grand prize - a GMC Canyon Pickup.
  • Raffle tickets are $100 each and a maximum of 500 will be sold.
  • Tickets can be purchased via credit card only at
  • The winner will be selected in a random drawing on June 1, 2020, and need not be present to win.

Good luck and thanks for your support!


Previous Issues...

December 2019
Our Year in Review

November 2019
Kidney Cancer Day: Connecting Patients to Care Teams
Tulane Researcher is Editor of Journal Issue Honoring 40th Anniversary of Key Cancer Discovery
Pickup Truck for the Cure Raffle Extended - Winner to be Pulled June 1, 2020

October 2019
Tulane Study Reveals Dim Light at Night May Promote Breast Cancer Metastasis to Bone
Cancer Cells Turn to Cannibalism to Survive Chemotherapy
Tulane School of Medicine Welcomes Neuro-Oncologist Christopher Trevino, MD
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
Tulane Lakeside Hospital Now Offering 3D Breast Biopsy
16 Tulane Cancer Center Faculty Named "Top Docs" by New Orleans Magazine

July 2019
Flemington Team Awarded $2.3 Million For Virus-Related Malignancies Research
Our Summer Drive is ON!
Bryan Subaru / LLS Distribute Blankets, Art Kits & Messages of Hope to Cancer Patients

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
Prostate Cancer Immunotherapy Works Better for African-American Men
Cancer Crusaders Present Check for $210K
Free Skin Cancer Screenings Offered at Downtown Dermatology Clinic
National Cancer Survivor's Day
Celebration Planned
Second Annual Pink Bra Run -
Great Fun for a Great Cause

April 25, 2017
"Scarless Thyroid Surgery" on Agenda at Thyroid/Parathyroid & Skin Malignancies Symposia
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