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February 2021

Want a Rapid Second Opinion?  Tulane Cancer Center Doctors Are Standing By

A cancer diagnosis can be frightening, and exploring and identifying the best treatment options is key to a better quality of life, recovery and survival. Second opinions can play a pivotal role in this process. That's why Tulane University School of Medicine recently launched it's Oncology Second Opinion initiative, which provides rapid second opinions across a broad range of cancer diagnoses and treatment recommendations.

Why Are Second Opinions Important?

"One of the reasons second opinions are valuable is that they can confirm a treatment choice if it is correct or provide alternatives," said Oliver Sartor, MD, Assistant Dean for Oncology and Tulane Cancer Center Medical Director. "Before a serious medical procedure - something that could be life altering - seeking a second opinion is good medicine and quite frankly often times it can round out a patient's experience and decision making in a positive way, even if they decide to pursue what the original physician recommended."

"In many circumstances there is more than one option about how to initiate therapy," said Kendra Harris, MD, MSc, Chair of Radiation Oncology. "And so the role of a second opinion can be both to expose patients and their families to different care teams and to make sure that their first action is the right action for their specific circumstance. That's the reason second opinions can play an important role, especially at the beginning."

Spencer Krane, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology, agrees. "You're not offending anyone by getting a second opinion. You're arming yourself with the information you need to make a life-altering decision."

Why Get a Second Opinion with Tulane Doctors?

Our physicians are clinical experts in their fields of medicine – educating future doctors, leading research and clinical trials, and developing new treatments. And they work as a multi-disciplinary team, with a full range of medical services, to provide truly comprehensive cancer care.

Tulane physicians are available NOW to rapidly provide second opinions for a broad range of cancers and treatment options, including:

  • Bladder and Kidney Cancers
  • Brain Cancers
  • Head & Neck Cancers
  • Leukemia
  • Lung Cancers
  • Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Testicular, Bladder and Kidney Cancers
  • Thyroid Cancer

How Do You Book an Appointment for a Second Opinion?

For more information about cancer treatment with Tulane Doctors or to make an inquiry for a second opinion with one of our cancer specialists, please visit https://tulaneoncology.com/ or contact Rebecca Winchell at 504-988-7872 or cancercare@tulane.edu.


Krewe de Pink Donates $25K to Breast Cancer Research Program

KDP Check Presentation 2020

Prescott Deininger, PhD, Tulane Cancer Center director, (far left) and Henry Wathieu of the Burow/Collins-Burow Lab (center) accept a check from Krewe de Pink President Greg Cantrell (far right).

The leadership of Krewe de Pink -- a New Orleans-based 501c3 organization dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research -- recently presented Tulane Cancer Center Director Prescott Deininger, PhD, with a check for $25,000, representing the results of their fundraising efforts in 2020.

"The past year was one of unprecedented challenge for all of us – challenges that severely limited so many of our day to day endeavors, including fundraising," said Deininger. "The fact that despite these obstacles the members of Krewe de Pink were able to raise and donate such a generous gift is a testament to their commitment and passion for this cause, and we couldn’t be more grateful."

Proceeds from Krewe de Pink fundraisers benefit the laboratories of Bridgette Collins-Burow, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, and Matthew Burow, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, whose research teams focus on triple-negative breast cancer.

Although the organization typically produces three fundraising events each year -- the Pink Bra Run, the Krewe de Pink Prom, and Death by Chocolate-Not Breast Cancer -- only the third took place as originally planned in 2020. COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings caused Krewe de Pink leadership to cancel their springtime run and convert to a virtual format for the Prom that took place in the fall.

"We have come so far in our short time as a 501c3," said Greg Cantrell, current Krewe de Pink president and founding member of the organization. "We originally partnered with Delta Air Lines and the Hard Rock Cafe and did an annual event to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. As much as we loved raising money for BCRF, it made more sense to do more in our local community and when we found out what an impact Tulane Cancer Center was making, we just knew this is who we wanted to support. COVID really pushed us this past year, but we were still able to make a $25,000 donation. We were not and are not deterred!"

This latest donation brings Krewe de Pink's cumulative support of Tulane Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Research Program to $125,000. "We pledge to continue utilizing these incredibly important funds to support the search for new treatment options and hopefully, one day, a cure for breast cancer. And it is good to know that we have such good friends right here in our community who are with us each and every step of the way," said Deininger.


Annual Pink Games Surpass $200K in Funds Raised for Patient Relief

David Mocklin, head athletic trainer at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, addresses the attendees of the Mt. Carmel vs. Dominican varsity volleyball game in October 2020. Funds raised through this and other annual "Pink Games" initiatives provide financial assistance to local cancer patients through Tulane Cancer Center's Patient Relief Fund. (Video provided by Varsity Sports Now)

"At one point, we didn't know if we would even have a volleyball season in 2020," said David Mocklin, head athletic trainer at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine and founder of the Pink Games --  a series of benefit volleyball games, swim meets and other fundraising events and activities, often involving friendly competitions among grade levels at the participating high schools, that benefit Tulane Cancer Center's Patient Relief Fund (PRF).

"We were also severely limited as to the number of people who were able to attend the games last fall," said Mocklin. "So COVID definitely had a major impact on our annual plans."

Despite these significant challenges, though, the students, athletes, coaches, administrations and athletic trainers at Archbishop Chapelle, Dominican, St. Scholastica Academy, Cabrini and Mount Carmel Academy not only held their fundraisers but they surpassed a major milestone -- the $200K mark -- by raising $16,437, bringing the total seven-year impact of the Pink Games initiative to $215,422!

"There was such an amazing effort put forward by all of the schools, despite the unprecedented times," said Mocklin. "I couldn't be prouder of everyone's continuing commitment to serve others in our community and to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients here."

Tulane Cancer Center's PRF was established in 1998 to help patients meet unexpected expenses associated with their care.  It's  often the only source available to our social worker to solve urgent problems - things like lack of transportation, meals or temporary lodging - that could become insurmountable impediments to the ability of a patient to follow his or her cancer treatment plan. These funds are also an important source of emotional relief for needy patients who are often overwhelmed by a cancer diagnosis.

"In past years, we held an annual check presentation at Tulane, where the students involved in Pink Games got to meet a few of the people they've helped and hear their stories," said Mocklin. "Those visits made a real impact on all of us, reinforcing our continued commitment to this cause."

"With the financial, physical, social and emotional hardships brought on by COVID, these funds have never been more important to our patients than they are now," said Prescott Deininger, PhD, director of the Tulane Cancer Center. "And the fact that these students managed to achieve this milestone despite so many challenges exemplifies their deep dedication to serve, and for that we are so very grateful and proud."

If you would like to make a donation to Tulane Cancer Center's Patient Relief Fund, please visit our "Giving" page by clicking here.


Department of Urology Launches Men's Health Webinar Series

To increase awareness of the causes, symptoms, risk factors and treatment options for various urological conditions, the Department of Urology recently launched a Men's Health Webinar Series.

These monthly virtual seminars are free and open to the public and will provide information on a variety of men's health topics, including erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, enlarged prostate, low testosterone and male infertility, among others. Viewers will be able to participate anonymously and ask questions privately, all from the comfort of their homes.

"The topics we plan to cover are directly pertinent to cancer survivorship and improved quality of life for many men who have been diagnosed with and treated for genitourinary cancers," said Omer Raheem, MD, MSc, assistant professor of urology and director of men's health in Tulane's Department of Urology.

And one of the benefits of an interactive virtual seminar is that participants can get their questions answered without having to book an appointment in clinic. "Webinar attendees can anonymously submit their questions to the experts in real time and get answers during the presentation," said Dr. Raheem. "We wanted to make it as easy as possible to create that virtual dialogue and provide men with the information they need to stay healthy."

Currently scheduled webinars are listed below. Topics, dates and times of future events will be advertised here as details are finalized. Remember, registration is required to participate and space is limited. So please register early, if you're interested in attending.

Signs, Symptoms and Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction

Omer Raheem

Omer Raheem, MD, MSc
Director of Men's Health
Assistant Professor of Urology

Learn about a treatment for erectile dysfunction beyond medication that thousands of men have chosen as a way to return to an active sex life.

February 9, 2021 - 6 PM

To register, please click here.


Signs, Symptoms and Treatment Options for Urinary Incontinence

Cooper Benson

Cooper Benson, MD
Assistant Professor of Urology

Learn about a treatment for male urinary incontinence beyond pads or diapers that thousands of men have chosen as a way to return to an active life.

March 16, 2021 - 6 PM

To register, please click here.

Previous Issues...

December 2020
Progress in a Year of Unprecedented Challenge
Tulane Cancer Center Welcomes New Office of Clinical Research Director
Cancer Crusaders Raise $131K for Cancer Research at Tulane/LSU

November 2020
New Thoracic Oncologist Spearheads Development of Lung Cancer Program
Researchers Identify Marker That May Predict Whether Lung Cancer Likely to Spread
Tulane / ACCC Host Urothelial Carcinoma Workshop for Healthcare Professionals

October 2020
VIRTUAL Krewe de Pink Prom Benefits Breast Cancer Research Program
Kidney Cancer Association Hosts First Annual Virtual Patient Symposium
Tulane / ACCC Host Urothelial Carcinoma Workshop for Healthcare Professionals
Liver Cancer Treatment Showing Positive Results, Tulane Study Says
Community Webinar on Prostate Cancer Posted to YouTube
Many Thanks to Our 2020 NOLA Bluedoo Donors

September 2020
Join Our Community Webinar on Prostate Cancer
Patient Stories - Cyril Harvey, Jr.
NOLA Bluedoo is Canceled, BUT Prostate Cancer Research Support is Still Needed!

August 2020
Clinical Trial to Test Effectiveness of Drug in Treating Cancer Patients with Severe COVID-19
Join Us for our Virtual Community Seminar on Prostate Cancer
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
Tulane Health First in Region to Offer Focal Therapy for Prostate Cancer

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