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PERSPECTIVE News for Friends of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Available Online at

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Further adding to the efforts at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to grow its radiation therapy research initiatives created by the successful 2004 “Whatever it Takes” Capital Campaign, an endowed chair at LSU, the Dr. Charles M. Smith Chair of Medical Physics, has been established. “This was the last piece of the Capital Campaign that needed to come to fruition and we are delighted it has,” said Capital Campaign Co-Chair Louis Curet. “The establishment of this chair continues to illustrate the community’s and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s commitment to research and academic excellence in cancer care.” This is the first endowed chair in medical physics at Louisiana State University (LSU) and one of just a few in the nation. Dr. Charles M. Smith and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (through the recent capital campaign) each made donations in the amount of $300,000 to the LSU Foundation to endow a chair. Together, these donations qualify for $400,000 in state matching funds to ultimately result in a $1 million endowment. Dr. Charles M. Smith of Lake Charles, Louisiana, said he was motivated to make this gift to LSU by his passion for patient care and his desire to make an impact on cancer care in Louisiana and beyond. “Making this gift is important to me both as a physician and graduate of LSU,” said Charles Smith, MD. “I know what a difference this will make. This endowed chair will be the anchor in ensuring the long-term success of the Center’s partnership with LSU which will drive significant cancer research, as well as train clinical medical physicists, both leading to improved care for cancer patients.” Endowed chairs in academic settings provide support that is largely used for targeted areas of research and academic study. The Dr. Charles M. Smith Chair of Medical Physics at LSU will provide support for research initiatives within the medical physics program. Endowed chairs are especially important because they provide ongoing funding for research and academic study, rather than a one-time gift.

The agreement for the chair was signed in August. As the next step, the university will review credentials from toplevel medical physics researchers and appoint someone to the post, a process to be completed in the near future. “The community really stepped up to support this chair, a critical building block for the services, technology and research Mary Bird Perkins provides to patients and their families,” said Todd Stevens, president and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “Donors to the Capital Campaign made it possible not only to bring the most advanced cancer-fighting technology in the world to Baton Rouge, but also to provide initial funding for this chair at LSU.” Establishing the endowed chair meets the final goal of the Capital Campaign. Community volunteer leaders raised over $2 million making possible the purchase of the TomoTherapy Hi-Art System and the creation of a joint research and academic partnership with LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy within its Medical Physics and Health Physics Program -- on tap to becoming one of only ten accredited medical physics graduate education programs in the country. The joint venture bolsters the Center’s standing as a Center of Excellence and fits within LSU’s flagship agenda. The partnership and program is led by Kenneth Hogstrom, PhD, one of the world’s foremost scholars in the area of medical physics and former director Continued on Page 11...

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Campaign Chairman Paul R. Thompson and more than 70 volunteers are serving as ambassadors of giving and working toward a goal of $1 million for 2006. As of September 15, 46 percent of the goal has been pledged. “Gifts to the Center through these efforts will enable us to expand our programs and offer more free cancer screenings to residents of southeast Louisiana,” stated Todd Stevens, president and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

Annual Giving Provides Live-Saving Programs Your gift is an investment in the community and has a direct impact on those who need it most. In 2005, the C.A.R.E. Network conducted education programs for nearly 5,000 people. In addition, over 3,400 people were screened at 75 free community cancer screenings for the medically underserved public. These programs and services, and more, are made possible by the generosity of the community.


How can you help? Many employers offer a matching gifts program which could double the amount of your gift. Please ask about such a program at your company.

Mail to: Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Attn: Office of Development 4950 Essen Lane • Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3482

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If you are a current donor, please consider renewing or increasing your pledge. If you have not participated as an annual donor, please consider a gift today. Annual Giving Program Leadership Donors are those who make a gift of $1,000 or more. Naturally, a gift of any amount is warmly received and deeply appreciated.



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How to make your gift: • Online at (note that your gift is for the Annual Giving Campaign); • Call Jennifer Looney at 225.215.1202 to make a gift by credit card; or • Clip the donation form and return it with your check or pledge.

Your gift DOES make a difference! Thank you! Your annual gift helps Mary Bird Perkins provide: • Cancer care for all, regardless of ability to pay • C.A.R.E. Network programs and services • Equipment and technology For more information, call Ann Wilkinson at

225.215.1205. For Northshore-Florida Parishes, call Katherine Rose at 985.974.4381.

We salute MBPCC Board Members! Members of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s Board of Directors are continually recognized in communities for outstanding corporate and philanthropic leadership. Congratulations to the following board members for their continued support of the community and of Mary Bird Perkins. HAROLD SILVERMAN -- Named Dean of the Graduate School at LSU and LSU Interim Provost. PETE STEWART -- Named Baton Rouge Business Report’s Young Business Person of the Year.

My Perspective Your hard work has paid off. The very last goal of the Whatever It Takes Capital Campaign has been met. It is with great enthusiasm that I thank the donors to the campaign for making so many wonderful initiatives possible. Your gifts resulted in the purchase of the TomoTherapy Hi-Art System and the creation of an exciting academic and research partnership with Louisiana State University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. And last, but certainly not least, your support has helped to establish LSU’s first-ever endowed chair of medical physics – the Dr. Charles M. Smith Chair of Medical Physics. The endowed chair ensures the long-term stability of the medical physics program and will result in new cancer research. Your gifts make a real difference. Other gifts that make a difference are those made to the Annual Giving Campaign to continue the growth of the Center’s C.A.R.E. Network. These gifts help fund clinical trials and many other components of the C.A.R.E. Network, including free cancer support services, awareness and education programs and early detection programs for the medically underserved. Chairman Paul R. Thompson and more than 70 fundraising ambassadors are working toward an ambitious $1 million goal. The C.A.R.E. Network is also supported by proceeds from the newly named auction – now called Get ready for the new and exciting, all-online auction that promises to have something for everyone. There is power in numbers. Thanks to thousands and thousands of generous people just like you, Mary Bird Perkins has been able to assemble an invaluable team of clinical experts, staff and volunteers who together meet the vital needs of cancer patients and the community. It is important to remember that part of this cancer fighting team is Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. We have long enjoyed a strong relationship with OLOL and our Integrated Cancer Program is by far the largest and most advanced in the region. Please read more about this program in the pages ahead. Together, ours is a comprehensive program of which we can all be proud. Thank you for being on a team that fights cancer! Sincerely,

GARY SLIGAR -- Inducted into Baton Rouge Business Report’s Hall of Fame. RANDY WAESCHE, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, INC. -Named in Wealth Manager Magazine’s ranking of Champion Wealth Managers for the third year in a row. Waesche is President of Resource Management, Inc.

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MBP and The NeuroMedical Center Make History in Baton Rouge Radiation Oncologists Partner with Neurosurgeons To Treat Trigeminal Neuralgia -- A Non-Cancerous Condition It is often called the suicide disease because of the number of people who take their lives when nothing works to ease the pain. Together, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBPCC) and The NeuroMedical Center in Baton Rouge are working to give hope to patients who have lived with extreme pain for years. This innovative combination of technology, neurosurgery, and radiation oncology has benefited the very first patient in the Baton Rouge area who received this leading-edge treatment. Dr. Renee Levine, radiation oncologist at MBPCC, along with local neurosurgeons Drs. Luke Corsten and Paul Waguespack of The NeuroMedical Center, recently collaborated to successfully treat patient Susan Brook’s trigeminal neuralgia (TN) with stereotactic radiosurgery. Using the precision of the BrainLAB Novalis image guided radiation treatment system at MBPCC, Brook was freed from an excruciatingly painful non-cancerous neurological disorder she had endured for eight years. “I went in with pain and I came out with no pain,” said Brook. “To me it’s a miracle. I’m finally able to show my real smile, not my ‘game face’ through pain.” Before her treatment 48-year-old Brook, a speech therapist from Alexandria, LA said she was having almost 20 onsets a month. “It felt like lightning strikes across the right side of my face. I couldn’t feel my eyeball or move my jaw. I couldn’t function or think when I had an attack.” Trigeminal neuralgia is a disorder of the sensory fibers of the trigeminal nerve, the fifth cranial nerve, characterized by attacks of excruciating, stabbing pains in the jaw or face which usually last for several seconds. The exact cause of the disorder is not fully understood. While not fatal, it is universally considered to be the most painful affliction known to medical practice. “Most of the medications successfully used to treat trigeminal neuralgia are anti-epileptic drugs,” explained Dr. Waguespack, “but often patients have pain beyond what these drugs can control, or they can’t tolerate the side effects.” The latter was the case with Susan Brook. Enter BrainLAB Novalis technology, the only machine of its kind in Louisiana. Novalis is used for shaped Beam Surgery,

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Pictured (l to r) are Dr. Luke Corsten, patient Susan Brook, Dr. Renee Levine and Dr. Paul Waguespack. a non-invasive delivery of a precise dose of high-energy radiation particularly useful for cancers of the head, spine and prostate, and now benign disease – such as trigeminal neuralgia. “Due to advancements in imaging technology and the flexibility and precision of Novalis, we can create an area of ‘controlled injury’ to the trigeminal nerve, interrupting the pain pathway,” said Waguespack. “It is critical to be able to see the nerve and brain stem before proceeding so we can ‘injure’ the nerve exactly where we need to, without harming surrounding tissue.” Dr. Levine agreed. “The trigeminal nerve is so small that advanced imaging techniques are necessary to confidently define where it is in space. You need to reliably know where the target is and then you need to reliably target it - this takes close cooperation between The NeuroMedical Center’s imaging department and Mary Bird’s physics department.” Using a visual aid to show that the targeted nerve approximates the diameter of a plastic coffee stirrer, Levine explained that the radiation has to hit the nerve right in the middle and right as it comes off the brain stem. “You have to hit the right place or you can damage the brain stem.” Using BrainLAB Novalis software to fuse Brook’s MRI images from The NeuroMedical Center with her treatmentplanning CTs from Mary Bird Perkins, MBPCC medical physicists were able to capture two, one-millimeter fused “slices” showing the tiny trigeminal nerve’s exact entry to the brain stem. This level of precision is required for successful outcomes. Novalis was the first technology to incorporate both precise shaping of radiation beams to conform to a tumor and image guidance using x-rays and infrared localization. Susan’s story aired on WAFB News Channel 9 on July 25, 2006.



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Center Continues Innovative Use of Technology MBP Fights Non-Cancerous Tumor On August 15th WBRZ News 2 Louisiana health care reporter Sylvia Weatherspoon covered a story on Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s innovative use of technology -- using cancer fighting equipment to treat non-cancerous tumors, specifically acoustic neuromas. Neuromas can cause hearing loss, loss of facial muscle control, problems with swallowing, loss of balance and extreme ringing in the ears. What makes this report so unique is that the patient interviewed is the 29 year-old son of Dr. Ken Hogstrom, the Center’s Chief of Physics and Professor and Director of LSU’s Medical Physics and Health Physics Program. Michael Hogstrom lives in Houston, Texas and he chose to be treated at MBPCC where his father was involved in his treatment plan both as an advising medical physicist -- and as a dad. We are grateful for the Hogstrom family that Michael's prognosis is very good and most of his symptoms are gone or subdued. The type of stereotactic treatment used to treat these conditions is provided by BrainLAB’s Novalis – the only unit of its kind in Louisiana and available only at MBPCC. For those not able to see the report on TV, it appears below in its printed version. Dr. Maurice King is Michael’s radiation oncologist. August 15th News 2 Louisiana as reported by Sylvia Weatherspoon: The fight against cancer has another weapon which is improving outcomes and reducing side effects and a center here in Baton Rouge is among only a handful in the U.S. that has it. What started as a mild ringing noise in his right ear became so overwhelming Mike Hogstrom says it was affecting his day-to-day functions.

Mike: I began to have some balance problems that were causing me to not be able to function properly, getting up and sitting down and walking from indoor to outdoor, those kinds of things. Mike was diagnosed with a painful condition called acoustic neuroma. He had a tumor about the size of a dime growing in his inner ear and pressing against critical nerves in his head and face. To correct the problem, instead of surgery doctors used this machine called Novalis and a groundbreaking treatment called image guided radiation therapy. Dr. King: It allows us to give very precise conformal radiotherapy to small targets -- even moderately sized targets -- that are adjacent to very critical structures. Dr. King says the treatment is very effective in cancers in the head, spine, prostate and benign disease, like in Mike’s case. Here’s how it works: Before the patient receives radiation, the specific target area is verified. Three-dimensional images are taken to confirm precise measurements and location of the tumor. Adjustments are made, then treatment begins. Dr. King: The advantages of radiation are that we can stop the growth of these things and relieve patient symptoms and at the same time preserve their hearing -- and also have a very low risk of damage to other nerves. Mike says the ringing in his ear is gone and life is getting back to normal.

MBP Medical Physicists Attend National AAPM Meeting MBPCC has a 16-member medical physics team -- the largest in Louisiana -- working together with the Center’s six radiation oncologists. The combined size and expertise of this group are unique to Mary Bird Perkins and cannot be found elsewhere in Louisiana. AAPM is a scientific, educational and professional organization of more than 6,000 medical physicists headquartered at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD. Publications include a scientific journal ("Medical Physics"), technical reports and symposium proceedings.

Among those attending the 48th Annual AAPM meeting in Orlando, FL were: (l to r) Dr. Tae Kyu Lee, MBPCC postdoctoral fellow; John Richert, LSU graduate student; Dr. John Gibbons, MBPCC chief of clinical physics; Dr. Ken Hogstrom, program director; Koren Smith, LSU graduate student; Michael Ashenafi, LSU graduate student. Volume 4 2006 5



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Doctors Try To Pin Down Moving Target New Equipment Helps Battle Lung Cancer The Advocate recently featured one of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s latest cancer-fighting tools -- four-dimensional CT gating. The powerful combination of 4D gating and radiation therapy allows the Center’s treatment team to be more aggressive in the treatment of certain cancers. This particular article is about lung cancer. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has invested millions in equipment that allows its physicians to track a lung tumor's movement as the patient breathes. A condensed version of the article written by Ted Griggs follows: Lung cancer used to carry an automatic death sentence, but advances in imaging technology are improving patients’ chances of survival. “That’s important for cancers in areas like the lung that move with breathing,” said Dr. Greg Henkelmann, Mary Bird’s medical director. “We now know from many studies that if you don’t take those movements into account, you can miss the cancer some of the time because it’s a moving target.” Planning and treatment require taking thousands of computed tomography, also known as CT or CAT scan, images, Henkelmann said. The patient’s treatment team ends up with an enormous data set describing the tumor’s movement. The team uses that often complex path to shape the radiation treatment. Before 4-D CT -- the fourth dimension is time -- many doctors assumed all of a lung tumor’s movement was up and down, Henkelmann said. These assumptions took place for a couple of reasons. A person’s diaphragm moves up and down as he or she exhales and inhales so it made sense to think the lung’s major motion was up and down, Henkelmann said. In addition, X-rays can show movement in only two dimensions so a tumor appeared to be moving only up and down. But there is actually a considerable amount of motion front to back in the lung, Henkelmann said. If the tumor’s movement goes unaccounted for, an oncologist may think he or she is treating the cancer when in reality the dosage is missing part of the tumor. Before each TomoTherapy treatment at Mary Bird, a CT scan of the patient is performed, Henkelmann said. The scan ensures that the radiation dose is delivered to the right spot. “Some studies have shown 4D-CT and radiotherapy can produce results similar to surgery, which is really very good,” Henkelmann said.

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The use of 4-D CT allows Mary Bird to treat lung tumors, and others that move, with much higher, localized doses of radiation, Henkelmann said. Many studies have shown this increases the cure rate significantly while lowering complications. “We know from first principals that the higher the dose you get in, the more likely you are to cure the cancer,” Henkelmann said. The problem is that if one does not limit the dose to the cancer site, the patient suffers complications, Henkelmann added. Jonni Riess, an operator at Woman’s Hospital’s call center, is one of a handful of people who have undergone 4-D CT at Mary Bird Perkins. “It was a piece of cake. The hardest part of that treatment was the table,” she said. Riess was diagnosed with liver cancer 3 1/2 years ago. A surgeon removed half her liver and since then she has undergone regular checkups. An April appointment turned up a spot on one lung and a larger tumor growing inside her hip. For four weeks, Riess arrived at Mary Bird around 2:30 p.m., she said. Fifty minutes later, she was finished with her treatment. The majority of that time was spent making sure she was precisely lined up for the treatment, Riess said. Riess said the cancer center made a mold of her body that held her in place. Each day, she arranged herself in the mold, put her arms above her head, got comfortable and listened to the music she selected. “I lay there sometimes and fall asleep,” Riess said.



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LCCP Conference Convenes Todd Stevens, president and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and immediate past chair of the Louisiana Cancer & Lung Trust Fund Board (LCLTFB), introduced East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden at the Louisiana Cancer Control Partnership (LCCP) conference held at LSU’s Lod Cook Alumni Center. The conference, “It’s Time To Lift Up Louisiana: A Team Approach to Cancer Control,” included sessions on cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, survivorship and quality of life. The LCCP is a partnership among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Louisiana Cancer & Lung Trust Fund Board (LCLTFB), Louisiana Tumor Registry, American College of Surgeons, Office of Public Health, public agencies, state academic and research institutions and community-based private and volunteer organizations whose mission is to reduce the burden of cancer in our state and work toward the goal of a healthier Louisiana.

MBP Participating in National Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Study Tests Possibilities for Shorter Radiation Therapy Mary Bird Perkins is currently participating in NSABP B-39, an exciting, national clinical trial in which doctors are testing shorter radiation therapies for breast cancer using targeted techniques that could possibly benefit early stage patients. NSABP B-39 is a National Cancer Institute Study which will eventually enroll 3,000 early stage breast cancer patients to compare the results of six-week, whole breast irradiation (WBI) with three alternative intensive five-day therapies. Women who meet the criteria for the study will be randomly assigned to the traditional six-week WBI or one of three, short-term therapies including a balloon brachytherapy system called MammoSite, interstitial brachytherapy or radiation focused only on the tumor site. WAFB News Channel 9 Health Care Correspondent Phil Rainier visited the Baton Rouge center to discuss NSABP B-39 with Dr. Renee Levine, principal investigator for the trial at the Center, and a patient participating in the study. His report noted that while it has been conclusively shown that radiation following lumpectomies reduces the risk for breast cancer recurrence, the traditional six-week radiation therapy can be difficult for patients who need to return to work or live far from a cancer center. For more information on MPB’s many clinical trials, please call 225.215.1515 or visit, click on C.A.R.E. Network, Research, Clinical Trials.

OLOL and MBP’s Cancer Program of Excellence Together, Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center (OLOLCC) and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBPCC) coordinate the entire continuum of cancer care. Our comprehensive cancer program has been accredited since 1992 by the American College of Surgeons -- the gold standard for outstanding, community-based cancer programs. Surgical and medical treatment for cancer is available at OLOLCC and radiation treatment is available at MBPCC. For over a century combined, we have delivered -- with compassion and excellence -- the most advanced cancer care available to Louisiana citizens. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is the only comprehensive radiation therapy treatment center in the region offering tailored solutions to complex cancer care and non-cancerous conditions. Our expert treatment team is the largest and most experienced in Louisiana, treating more patients with radiation therapy than any other facility in the State. In recent years, Mary Bird Perkins has invested over $25 million to bring southeast Louisiana residents the most advanced radiation therapy available in the world including IMRT; advanced IGRT through BrainLAB Novalis and the TomoTherapy HI-ART System; stereotactic radiosurgery; adaptive radiotherapy and four-dimensional CT tumor localization. Mary Bird Perkins has an exclusive research partnership with Louisiana State University to discover new cancer treatments, enabling the Center to attract the brightest minds in cancer treatment to Baton Rouge. Our Lady of the Lake has an Oncology Special Care Unit, providing complex care for acutely ill patients in a highly controlled environment. In addition, it is among the first ten U.S. hospitals accredited in cellular therapy by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy and operates the only high-dose Interleukin-2 chemotherapy treatment program in Louisiana. By working together and supporting the needs of area physicians and health care professionals, Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins are making a positive difference in the fight against cancer.

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Nearly 200 Attend Region’s First Cancer Survivors’ Conference National Celebrities Speak Two Days Celebrating Survival Cancer…Living the Journey was presented by the Cancer Conference Coalition, the steering committee formed for this inaugural event, comprised of Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s C.A.R.E. Network, along with American Cancer Society, Baton Rouge Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Sisters Supporting Sisters and YWCA ENCOREplus. Coalition members included: Scott Courtright, Jo Paula Lantier, Mary Livingston, Roberta Madden, Lori McCallum, Mary Catherine Moffett, Julia Moore, Mimi Barnum Riche, Linda Thomas, Patti Williams and Natasha Young. “I was a doctor and then all of a sudden I was a cancer patient. I learned firsthand that support from family and friends is vitally important when you are ‘living the journey.’” Those were the welcoming words used by Dr. Kirk Patrick, recently retired ophthalmologist, cancer survivor and Master of Ceremonies for the Saturday event. He was among friends – hundreds of them. Nearly 200 registrants and dozens of volunteers gathered to participate in Cancer…Living the Journey, a free conference designed to meet the needs of cancer survivors, their families and caregivers before, during and after diagnosis. Various educational sessions on topics important to cancer care were available and celebrity cancer survivors shared their messages of inspiration, motivation and support. “When life gives you lemons, squeeze them over your lobster.” That is one of Chad Crittenden’s favorite sayings. Crittenden is a cancer survivor and contestant in the reality television show “Survivor: Vanuatu.” As Saturday morning’s keynote speaker, he shared his story of hope to a packed house at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center. Crittenden, an avid soccer player and triathlete, was diagnosed with a rare and deadly form of cancer, which resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee. “Recovery took patience -- it was a struggle learning to walk again -- but I learned to stay positive no matter what the situation.” His motivational address entitled Discover the Will to Survive focused on his positive attitude. “It is total, pure optimism that has helped me deal with the aftermath of my cancer diagnosis,” Crittenden said. Crittenden went on Survivor-- a popular TV show that takes place on an island and is designed around extreme physical challenges -- to prove to himself and to share with others that having a physical disability doesn’t mean that you can’t do whatever you set your mind to. “I wanted to prove to the others on the island that I could do what they could do.” Afternoon keynote speakers were Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo of the musical group The 5th Dimension. Talking about Surviving & Thriving after Prostate Cancer, 8 Perkins Perspective

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Davis told the crowd that right after his operation in 1999 he made up his mind to talk about early detection. “I don’t know why men don’t want to talk about prostate cancer, but younger men need to know and older men need to tell them. When men say they don’t like the exam, I say ‘get over it’ because you won’t like what’s going to happen if you don’t.” McCoo told the audience she had two uncles who died of prostate cancer because they waited too long to do anything about it. “I am fighting for my husband,” she said. “I’m here to stand by him and support him. We’ve been married 37 years. We’re still enjoying our lives and we’re here today to celebrate.” EBR Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden issued a proclamation naming August 26-27, 2006 as Cancer…Living the Journey: Days. “Cancer is no respecter of persons,” said the Mayor. “Today it may be someone else in the ditch who needs help – tomorrow it could be you. Don’t come up with a checklist of excuses about why you can’t help. Find something you can do to offer your services,” he urged. The rest of the day consisted of various breakout sessions, including The Caregiver’s Perspective, Chemobrain, Genetics, New Technologies in Radiation Treatment, Coping with the Fear of Recurrence and many others. The exhibitors’ area provided an assortment of information on cancer and cancer-related topics. Sunday was an afternoon of family fun for nearly 100 registrants at Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, celebrating survival and affording attendees the opportunity to continue networking with one another. There was musical entertainment, food and beverages, clowns, face painting and carnival-style games. In addition to networking, families were afforded the opportunity to watch a karate performance and magic show, as well as participate in bingo games. All participants were also invited to share their thoughts, poems, songs and photos on the Spirit Wall. The weekend was a great success for all involved.



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Northshore Cancer Leaders Earn National Recognition STPH and MBPCC Earn Approval with Commendation by Commission on Cancer of American College of Surgeons The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted a three-year approval status with commendation to the Cancer Program of St. Tammany Parish Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington. The Commission on Cancer (CoC) only approves about 25% of cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico. “Earning this distinction means our patients are receiving the highest quality care they could expect anywhere in the United States - right here close to home,” said St. Tammany Parish Hospital Cancer Program Director Chryl Corizzo. “Although organizationally independent, our facilities collaborate closely with one another, community physicians and other medical facilities in an effort to promote a seamless, multidisciplinary cancer treatment delivery system for patients and their families,” said Todd Stevens, president and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins. Receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to quality care close to home; comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art

services and equipment; a multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials, new treatment options, education and support; lifelong patient follow-up through a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results; and ongoing monitoring and improvement of care. Approval by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review. In order to maintain approval, facilities with approved cancer programs are subject to an on-site review every three years. The Cancer Program at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is one of fewer than 1,500 such programs in the nation accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the only approved cancer program in West St. Tammany Parish. This status equates to quality cancer care – only 25% of the hospitals in the country are approved cancer programs, but they diagnose and treat 85% of cancer patients.

Local Cancer Survivor Writes Book Dedicates to Dr. Robert Fields and Staff at Mary Bird Perkins One local cancer survivor found a unique and heartfelt way to thank the team he credits for helping him, and many other cancer patients, fight cancer. Reverend Scott Schmieding, a tongue cancer survivor treated at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, recently presented his radiation oncologist Dr. Robert Fields with a copy of a book Schmieding wrote and dedicated to Dr. Fields and the staff at Mary Bird Perkins. Entitled Fighting Cancer with Faith, Schmieding said it takes physical, emotional and spiritual strength to take on cancer. “My hope is that this booklet will be a spiritual help to those experiencing the ups and downs of cancer – that it will feed people’s faith to help them fight the disease.” Saying he chose to dedicate the book to Dr. Fields and the treatment staff at MBPCC “to express my appreciation for the care they give to countless others,” Rev. Schmieding gave the staff a supply of the booklets to be made available to those who might enjoy its prayers and scriptures.

Pictured (l to r) are Tammy Asmus, chief radiation therapist; Dr. Robert Fields, radiation oncologist; Reverend Scott Schmieding; Yolanda Augustus, radiation therapist. “We work very hard to provide all patients with the most advanced and individualized cancer care available,” said Dr. Fields. “It’s very humbling when a patient thanks us. It is a privilege to help them.”

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Page 10 “Bird” is the Word! Have You Heard? Bid Online October 18 - November 19 Presented by

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For the eighth year, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will hold its annual auction -- all online this year -- a unique opportunity for the community to help in the fight against cancer. Simply go online to to “Surf. Shop. Save Lives.”

The Auction Online bidding opens to the public on October 18th and runs through 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19th. The auction features more than 350 items including a vacation in Puerto Rico, jewelry, dining experiences, children’s items and exclusive autographed memorabilia – including many LSU items. There is something for everyone. And the items are literally at your fingertips. Please take a look at the catalog inserted in this newsletter! Businesses and individuals from the communities served by the Center have generously donated items for the auction in the following categories: Art and Travel, Home and Garden, Professional Services, Technology, Autographed Treasures, Jewelry, Just for Kids, Food and Spirits, and Sports. The catalog has instructions on how to place your bid and how to bid even if you don’t have access to a computer. The auction catalog will be inserted in the Sunday Advocate on October 22 and November 12 as well as the Baton Rouge Business Report on November 7.

There’s a New Bird in Town! Look for the Bird…the face of the auction popping up around town beginning in October. We have a different look to the auction but the mission has not changed. Funds raised from are reinvested in the community through the C.A.R.E. Network which provides vital support and educational services for cancer patients and their families. Nearly 100 free cancer screenings have been scheduled for 2006 and by year-end it is estimated over 3,800 people will have benefited. Equally as important, funds are also used to provide treatment for indigent patients in need of cancer care. Once again, for the sixth year, Merrill Lynch is the Underwriting Sponsor. Presenting sponsors are All Star Automotive Group and Capital One. “Last year’s auction netted more than $100,000, which supported the programs and community outreach initiatives that help thousands of underinsured in southeast Louisiana,” said Auction Chairman

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Don Minor. “The auction committee has been incredible. We have been working for a year gearing up for the best auction ever. There is no doubt that our generous sponsors, hardworking volunteers, auction item donors and supportive community members will ensure yet another successful year.”

The Preview Party The auction will kick off with a fabulous Preview Party on Tuesday, October 17th at Phil Witter’s gorgeous Live Oak Arabian Farm on Jefferson Highway from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry and WBRZ Channel 2 are the preview party sponsors. The night includes a raffle for a TAG watch from Lee Michaels. The party will feature delicious food and drink, great entertainment with songs like “Margaritaville” from Island Fever and the opportunity to be the first to bid on more than 300 fantastic items. For more information, to purchase tickets to the party or to donate auction items, contact Bunnie Cannon, interim event director, at 225.215.1229 or

Placing Maximum or Proxy Bids Once registered on, simply enter the highest amount you are willing to pay for an item. This becomes your Maximum Bid. The system will bid automatically on your behalf up to that amount. Your bid is increased when someone else bids against you and you will be notified by email if you are outbid. Example: An item's Leading Bid is $25.00, and the bid increment is $5.00. If you choose proxy bidding and enter a Maximum Bid of $50.00, and there is not another maximum bid, you become the high bidder and the Leading Bid reads $30.00. TIP: You can always increase your Maximum Bid until the item's online close, even when you are the leading bidder.



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Surf. Shop. Save Lives. Online bidding starts October 18. Bidding ends at 4 p.m. on November 19. Auction Organizing Committee Don Minor (chair), Courtney Hebert (administrative assistant to the chair), Robert Levy (immediate past chair), Jenny Gray (co-chair-elect, marketing and preview party chair), Jonathan Batarseh (sponsorship co-chair, finance chair), Chard Richard (sponsorship co-chair), Amy deGeneres Berret (item solicitation chair), Jennifer Burnham, Dale Irvin, Marielle Land-Howard (catalog chair), Ronnie Meadors, Lee Rayner (Web site chair) and Bunnie Cannon (interim director, co-chair-elect)

Auction Volunteer Committee Randy Barksdale, Amy Berret, Melissa Bongiovanni, Chad David, Susan Davis, Tracy Evans, Laura Hart, Scott Huffstettler, Suzanne Jaubert, Pam Mascari, Sheryl Melsheimer, Darrel Papillion, Michael Pitts, Mark Rayner, Sanford Roy, Karli Wilson

Preview Party Volunteer Committee

Underwriting Sponsor Merrill Lynch

Presenting Sponsors All Star Automotive Group Capital One

Preview Party Sponsors Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry WBRZ-TV Channel 2

Major Sponsors Amedysis, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, BRPTLake / Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Cingular Wireless, Latter & Blum / CJ Brown, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates, Louisiana Lottery, LUBA

Technology Sponsor BellSouth

Post-It Note Sponsor Network Technology Group

Item Category Sponsors Arthur J. Gallagher, D’Honore Construction, Roto Rooter, Salco Corporation

In-kind Sponsors The Advocate, Baton Rouge Business Report, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola, Baton Rouge Press, Georgia Pacific, Mockler Beverage – Budweiser

Supporting Contributors Advanced Office Systems; Darlene Aguillard – photos; Franklin Press; Jersey Rouge Design; Lamar Outdoor Advertising; Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; Weill, Dunn & Koch, LLC

Tanie Bush, Mandy Cordaro, Rene Greer, Donna Langley, Kevin Langley, Sharon Pol, Jennifer Eplett Reilly, Elizabeth Querbes Sammons, Karen Stephens, Paige Stewart

Continued from cover... of the graduate medical physics program for The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. “Endowed chairs are one of the greatest assets a university has,” said Hogstrom. “In addition to providing long-term stability for our program, this chair will provide funding for research and help to recruit outstanding, talented graduate students to the medical physics program in the future.” The program will ultimately benefit cancer patients by facilitating research to provide better treatment for patients through new and improved technology. The unique combination of academia with clinical medicine through the partnership will

contribute to vital research about cancer treatment that offers potential for increasing cure and reducing side effects. In addition to research in radiation therapy, the partnership promises to also make advances in medical imaging. Having an endowed chair at LSU will help recruit scholars to the university. “We are grateful for the community support to Mary Bird Perkins and LSU that made this chair possible,” said Capital Campaign Co-Chair John Barton Jr. “This chair moves forward the important research the Center does as a Center of Excellence for cancer prevention, treatment and research.”

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EBR Mayor-President Holden Continues Support MBP and OLOL Partner for National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month As a participant in the United States Conference of Mayors’ Cancer Awareness Program, EBR Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden has partnered with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s C.A.R.E. Network on many cancer early detection outreaches during 2006, and continues to do so. To kick off National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, the Mayor appeared on television to discuss the importance of early detection and to make the public aware of the four free prostate screenings offered by MBPCC’s C.A.R.E. Network, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital. “This is a wonderful opportunity for men of the appropriate age, who do not have a doctor and have not been screened for prostate cancer in the past year, to take advantage of this free service and take control of their health,” said the Mayor of the initiative put together by the screening partners. In addition to the Mayor’s support, OLOL and the C.A.R.E. Network joined forces to aggressively share the life-saving message of early detection. The two facilities shared television PSAs and radio messages to promote to the general public the free community-wide screenings being held during the month of September. Plans call for the Mayor to partner with the C.A.R.E. Network again in promoting upcoming national cancer awareness months such as breast cancer in October, for which four screenings have been planned. Earlier in the year, Mayor Holden taped public service announcements urging people to get screened during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, National Minority Cancer Awareness Month in April and National Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May.

Genetics Testing Topic of Education Program Dr. Duane Superneau Featured Speaker Duane Superneau, MD, director of Genetics Services at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, recently spoke to allied health professionals at the Allied Health Cancer Grand Rounds (AHCGR) meeting at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge. In his address entitled “Genetics Testing Pros and Cons” Superneau said, “All cancers arise from genetic alterations, but the question is whether you have inherited that alteration or whether it has changed during your own lifetime.” Stating that only approximately 5-10 percent of cancers are hereditary, Superneau said, “That means approximately 95 percent are not.” Therefore, he explained, “Very often there is the question of exactly who should be tested. It may not be the person who presented with cancer but someone further back in the family tree.” MBPCC’s C.A.R.E. Network offers continuing education programs for allied health professionals. Educational programs for allied health professionals are designed for, but not limited to, dietitians, dosimetrists, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, radiologic technologists, radiation therapists, social workers, clergy and related support groups.

Attorney General Teams with C.A.R.E. Network To Provide Free Screenings Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s C.A.R.E. Network recently partnered with St. Tammany Parish Hospital to conduct a free breast cancer screening in Bogalusa using the C.A.R.E. Network’s Early Bird mobile medical clinic. The screening was sponsored by the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti Jr. The Attorney General’s office was charged with distributing settlement funds from a national class action lawsuit to organizations that help cancer victims and their families. Mary Bird Perkins was fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries. The $100,000 gift from the Attorney General’s office will fund 25 cancer screening events. Pictured left to right: Helen Berry, Lisa Baker and Wendy Chapman of Woman’s Hospital; Erin Moller and Russell Parker, MBPCC’s C.A.R.E. Network; Debbie Miller, St. Tammany Parish Hospital. 12 Perkins Perspective

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SLU Lions Help Fight Cancer National Cancer Awareness Months Highlighted Southeastern Louisiana University football fans will see more than green and gold during the Southeastern vs. Sam Houston State football game on November 11th at 6:00 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. They will see pink too.

SmokeFree Louisiana

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s C.A.R.E. Network, Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics Department and Southeastern Louisiana University School of Nursing are working collectively to sound the message that “Early Detection is the Best Game Plan.”

healthier place for patrons

Southeastern students will hand out 5,000 pink novelty fans bearing information about the importance of early detection and breast cancer. Public service announcements concerning breast, prostate and lung cancer will be aired throughout the game. A full-page ad within the game day program will further draw attention to these important issues. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month; October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month; November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. “We are thrilled to partner with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and have this opportunity to help bring awareness to cancers that occur in men and women,” said Southeastern Head Football Coach Dennis Roland. “All cancer is a blight on our society. We are fortunate to have Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and its C.A.R.E. Network in our community. Let’s all support, in any way we can, this worthwhile endeavor.” Katherine Rose, the Center’s director of development for the Northshore-Florida Parishes, explained why a football game is a good venue to promote cancer awareness and early detection. “In Louisiana, there is a misconception that there is a higher incidence of cancer than in any other state. Except for lung cancer, statistics have proven that this is not true. What we do have a problem with is cancer mortality. At the Southeastern football game, we will reach an even broader audience to spread the message that early detection is the key to winning the fight against cancer.”

applauds the following restaurants for making their environment a and employees. If you are a smoke-free environment, and would like to be a part of this free program, email or call 225.215.1274 or 888.616.4687.

New members of the program include: Greater Baton Rouge Area Addis Seafood Market 7926 Sixth Street, Addis Lee’s Sales & Distribution 4926 Sixth Street, Addis The Wine Loft 304 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge McAlister’s Deli 6808 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge Philly Connection 8775 Jefferson Hwy Suite F, Baton Rouge

Riverside Patty 10933 Cloverland Ave Baton Rouge Riverside Patty 336 Third Street Baton Rouge Wow Café and Wingery 7970 Jefferson Hwy Suite J Baton Rouge Que Pasa 11429 Ferdinand Street St. Francisville Greater Covington Area Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurant 800 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville Coffee’s Boilin’ Pot 305 Covington Street, Madisonville Keith Young’s Steak House 165 Hwy 21, Madisonville Mike’s Bar B Que 952 15th Ave., Franklinton Greater Hammond Area Annette’s Country Cooking & Seafood I 2804 W. Church Street, Hammond Murphy’s Seafood 1700 North Morrison Blvd., Hammond Ponchatoula Seafood and Steakhouse 135 Wayne Street, Ponchatoula Speakeasy 147 N.W. Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula Other Areas Semolina’s Bistro Italia 3226 Magazine Street, New Orleans Zea 1655 Hickory Ave, Harahan offered by

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Pennington Foundation Awards $25K to MBPCC Funds Support C.A.R.E. Network Mission of Early Detection

Featured speakers were (l to r) Linda Conner, LCSW; Joanna Wilbanks, registered dietician, STPH; Darlene Kenny Melancon, RN, Breast Center of STPH; Scott Schmieding, cancer survivor.

Recognizing the impact of Mary Bird Perkins’ early detection initiatives, the Trustees of the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation have awarded the C.A.R.E. Network’s Early Bird mobile medical clinic screening program $25,000 to help continue its mission of fighting cancer with early detection.

Northshore Cancer Survivors Celebrate Together

“The Pennington Foundation hopes that this award will help your organization continue to provide significant, meaningful service to the community. We are happy to be a partner in this effort,” stated the Foundation’s Executive Director, William Hodgkins, in the letter of notification received by Mary Bird Perkins.

Survivors & Caregivers Learn “A Recipe for Wellness After Cancer” On June 3, the Northshore was one of over 750 communities throughout the United States, Canada and other participating countries to observe the 19th annual National Cancer Survivors Day by hosting a celebration of life. A panel of experts shared information with survivors on such topics as stress management techniques; the benefits of exercise during and after treatment; and nutritional health and wellbeing before, during and after cancer. Sponsors included Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s C.A.R.E. Network, St. Tammany Parish Hospital and Hematology & Oncology Specialists Foundation. Those with a present or past history of cancer, and their caregivers, were invited to participate. Approximately 75 people attended the free informational and celebratory event.

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“Early detection saves lives and we are thrilled that the Pennington Foundation has recognized the importance of this program through their generous support,” said Lori McCallum, executive director of the Center’s C.A.R.E. Network. “Their gift will enable us to expand our screening program to reach even more areas where we know people lack access to early detection services.” The Early Bird is the only mobile medical clinic in the region dedicated exclusively to providing early detection/cancer screening services throughout southeast Louisiana and beyond, including rural communities and parishes. Like all screening services provided by the C.A.R.E. Network, this service is offered free to those who are uninsured and could otherwise not afford it. Screenings include breast, prostate, colorectal and skin. Over 14,000 people have been screened since the C.A.R.E. Network was created in 2002 to help combat Louisiana’s inordinately high cancer death rate. Nearly 100 screenings are scheduled for 2006, and this year to date, over 3,000 people have been screened.



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Greater Mandeville Seafood Festival Benefits MBPCC Chairman, Board President Announces $20K Gift The Greater Mandeville Seafood Festival recently hosted an appreciation banquet to honor its board members, sponsors and volunteers who made the 28th annual event a huge success. Chairman and Board President Bill Dobson presided over the banquet and presented checks to support many local charities, foundations and public service agencies. During the check presentation Dobson said, “Cancer is a disease that affects so many of our friends and family members. It seems only natural to use part of the proceeds to support the gift of life so that patients battling cancer can look forward to many more days, weeks, months and years of music, food and family fun.” Katherine Rose, Mary Bird Perkins’ development director, Northshore-Florida Parishes, and Randy Waesche, treasurer, MBPCC Board of Directors, accepted the $20,000 gift, the largest amount granted by the organization.

Rip Masters (l) and Merrick Tassin (r) of the Seafood Festival present a check to Katherine Rose and Randy Waesche. “We are very appreciative of the annual commitment that the Mandeville Seafood Festival has made to the efforts of the Center and the C.A.R.E. Network,” said Rose, “We hope to continue our partnership in the fight against cancer for years to come.” The Seafood Festival has celebrated life on the Northshore for 28 years. The event features arts and crafts, live music, fireworks and vast amounts of Louisiana seafood. This year, the C.A.R.E. Network’s mobile medical clinic, the Early Bird, was on-site and volunteers handed out free sunscreen.

The generous gift from the Seafood Festival will help fund Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s C.A.R.E. Network.

Corporate Express Helps Provide New Wheels Reliable transportation for patients in need is vital to effective treatment. It is important to Mary Bird Perkins to be able to provide the means for patients to get to and from their treatments so they can have the best outcome possible. To that end, Corporate Express, a business-to-business office and computer supply company, recently directed a donation of $20,000 to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to help pay for a new patient transportation van for the Baton Rouge Center. “Our Baton Rouge employees have always believed in Mary Bird Perkins and the work you do in the community,” said Alan Higgins, Gulf Coast division president of Corporate Express. The Center is grateful to Corporate Express for this generous gift and their invaluable support in the fight against cancer.

Couple Walks Spain’s Camino To Fight Cancer Drive, determination and compassion helped Callie Householder and Dwight Maddox in their 500-mile trek on the Camino (road) through northern Spain to help fight cancer. The couple turned their hiking vacation into a fund-raising event -“Camino4Cancer” -- to raise awareness and benefit Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “We’ve all been touched by this terrible disease,” said Householder. “We wanted to help make a difference.” Mary Bird Perkins thanks them for their awe-inspiring journey and generosity. Volume 4 2006 15



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Memorial & Honor Gifts Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center gratefully acknowledges the following gifts made in memory of or to honor a special person or loved one during the period of May 1, 2006 to August 31, 2006. Memorial and honorary gifts may be made at any time and mailed to: Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Office of Development, 4950 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Gifts may also be made online at under “Giving Opportunities – Donate Online.”

In Memory of... Aldrich Allen, Sr. Darryl and Theresa Vincent George Lawrence “Larry” Allen Mrs. Juliet S. Dougherty Geraldine Grace Meyers Allen Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Jones, Jr. James Anderson Oscar G. and Wanda J. Gafford Ethel B. Annison Millie and Bob Odom Francis “Bud” Bailey Jay and Tracie Johnson Randy G. Bailey Mr. and Mrs. Burl L. Bailey George Paul Baker, Sr. Rubicon, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Simcoe Mrs. Barnett Mrs. S. W. Gladden, Jr. Sancy H. McCool Ann Wilkinson Emile Lieux Bello F. J. Bello, Jr. Norma Lieux Bello F. J. Bello, Jr. L. Wendell “Lew” Bodie Kris and Steve Bodie Rodney Bordelon Jo Ann Edward Mary Ann Little Dr. and Mrs. Mark P. Posner Jeff Boss Jeff Boss Memorial Golf Classic Michael J. Bourgeois Jimmy and Martha Parker Joseph Vaughan Bres Ann Wilkinson Warren Brosset Bob and Millie Odom Terry Burke Pierre Rabalais Nancy Parks Calamari Anonymous Jacob Cambre Herman and Merlie Hunt Richard W. Campbell Rick and Suzie Dickerson Katherine Cardinale Mary T. Heffron Anthony Cataldie Paula C. Brister Othello O. Celestine Anonymous Robert “Bob” Chadbourne Bill and Betty Wray

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Tammie Charrier Denise and James Alleman Ann M. Clifford Helen Harbourt David E. Coleman Mr. and Mrs. Billy T. Pope Louise Conner Eilleen M. Kean Mrs. Ruth M. Wilkinson Ross Earl Cox Bill and Betty Wray Margaret Michelli Darouse Wooddale Truck Repair Service, Inc. Thomas M. DeBlanc, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. George Bofinger Philip J. Dugas Bob and Alice Greer Robert S. Greer, Sr. Leebron & Robinson Rent-ACar, LLC/Budget Rent-A-Car of Shreveport Alonzo Dunhurst Board of Directors, Management and Employees of Associated Grocers, Inc. Karla Suzanne Dunn Matt Bryant Kathy Lewis Dennis “Peanut” Duvic Kevin and Theresa Dupuy John Edgar Colan and Dianne Griffin Celeste Fairchild Amy H. Darbonne William Alfred “Bill” Ferguson, Jr. Jim and Judy Haslitt James L. LeBlanc Ann Wilkinson Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Worley James Allen “Jim” Ford Mr. and Mrs. H. Mille Delacroix III John B. Francioni Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Edrington, Jr. Louis Charles Frantz III Mrs. Juliet S. Dougherty Onis Fulks Stephen and Janis Mayfield Pat W. Summers Denman Fussell Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Lambremont III

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Mary Jane Gautreau Mr. and Mrs. Glynn P. Gautreau Edna Marie “Nana” Gautreaux Helen Harbourt Robert S. Greer, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Campbell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. H. Norman Saurage III Ann Wilkinson Whitney Gremillion Charles and Patricia Russo Richard Reyes Haley, Sr. Katie Smith Haley Martha Jane Bacot Hamilton Ann Wilkinson Mrs. Ruth M. Wilkinson Donna Hammers Joyce Austin Joni Christiansen Janet Hare Millie and Bob Odom Jerry Harvey Mr. and Mrs. Randy N. Ridge Carrie Frances Heirtzler Mr. and Mrs. Rick Allen Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ashford Chris and Gwendolyn Maggio Kathy Martin Paul and Virginia Moore Kathy Potts Rachel Robertson Charlotte Williams Mary Malain Prosser Heroman Dr. and Mrs. Milton Harris Mrs. Charles S. Prosser, Jr. Pat Hewitt Sancy H. McCool Gus Hirsch Sidney and Lillian Opotowsky Victor L. Holland Delta Concrete Products Co., Inc. - Ken Holland and Andy Kern Jensen Holliday Franklin Press, Inc. Alexa Williams Hopper Fred and Jo Ann Impastato Mark and Lee Rayner William Howell Kristie B. Howell H. Cooper Hutchinson, Sr. Mrs. Lynne Graner Margie Boyles Hutchinson Mrs. Lynne Graner

Clarence and Hazel Jackson Randy J. Johnson Margaret Estes Johnson Mr. and Mrs. P. Raymond Lamonica Emile and Susan Rolfs Bill Jones Lizette Nesom and Danielle Chapman Gremillion Karleen P. Jones Frank E. Jones Dr. Carl F. Jory Anthony and Marcia Armand Alan and Arlene Barclay Donald and Jan Carter Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Clary Winona O. Cochran Fernell and Richard W. Cryar Thomas F. Dicharry Charles E. Earnest Byrns and Milee Eves Mr. and Mrs. Harold Guilbeau Bobby and Denice Hamilton Robert and Sybil Harris John Wayne and Martha Jewell Dr. and Mrs. John Lemoine Anonymous Dr. and Mrs. John M. Lindsly Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin A. Luke Alice R. Lyles Marnel Pharmaceutical, Inc. Roy and Kathy Martin R. R. Michel, M.D. Kitty R. Mixon Roger and Margie Morris Bernice L. Newton William B. Owens Dr. and Mrs. Robert Po Judy Polk Sonny and Betsy Trammell Kim Wixson Mrs. Byron Kantrow, Sr. Charles and Janet Sides Gary G. Kelly Charles and Winifred Severance Lawrence “Buck” Kennard Anonymous Preston and Myrtle Kennedy Charles and Winifred Severance Kenneth A. Koch Charles and Winifred Severance Freddie Kollman Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Opotowsky Madge Gibson Lanius Lisa Michelli and Naomi Alise Lionel A. “Chips” LeBlanc Bob and Millie Odom Lacy Ann Livingston Phil and Ann Livingston Susan Lovett Pat and Glynn McCrory Murphy Majoria Board of Directors, Management, and Employees of Associated Grocers, Inc.



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Memorial & Honor Gifts Ethel Stallone Mancuso Patricia Amoroso and Family Mrs. Carol Marx Charles and Janet Sides Cyril Ann McBride Buzzy and Susie Heroman Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Roussel Charles McClendon Alberty and Associates, LLC Elsie Billie Sayes McClure Brooke Alexander Johnson Lindsay Lamont Turner Thomas H. McCoin Mr. and Mrs. Ray W. Burgess Ione Newsom Heck Menasco Ann Wilkinson Mrs. Ruth M. Wilkinson Judi Milazzo Stella Shahbazian and Family Gilbert J. Mircovich Pierre and Beth Rabalais Agnes Mae Moffatt Darryl and Denise Mraz Chance Morris Joe and Judith Kelly Harold “Skeeter” Mostkoff Lynn and Felix Weill Ester Naquin Board of Directors, Management, and Employees of Associated Grocers, Inc. Jo Nasca Dr. and Mrs. Leo M. Abraham Sandra Adams Nathan Dr. Marjorie Nathan for The Nathan/Pearson Wedding Party Diane Neurenberg Friends and Co-Workers at DEQ Emission Testing Services, Inc. Barry Gipson and Fred Dowling Cynthia J. Ryan Olano Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Bender Charles and Janet Sides Ruth and Chris Wilson Joseph Palermo Joan Knipfer

Samuel Houston “Sam” Patrick, Jr. Bob and Millie Odom Thomas E. Patrick Golda Patrick Raymond Prince John C. Petit Dr. Charles Prosser Dr. and Mrs. Milton Harris Mrs. Charles S. Prosser, Jr. Jerry Ramirez Mr. and Mrs. Van Junot, Jr. Vera Ramirez Joe and Judith Kelly Dr. and Mrs. M. J. Rathbone, Jr. Jack and Randee Rathbone Rosemary S. Rhorer Millie and Bob Odom Albert J. Richardson, Jr. Mrs. Albert J. Richardson, Jr. Manuel John Rivette Paul and Clara Andersen Ray Robbins Charles and Winifred Severance Johnny Robertson Glandel G. Robertson William A. Rolston, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Edrington, Jr. Dr. William D. Ross, Jr. Mr. Louis D. Curet Ida Mae Roth Ed Selser Ray Terry Runnels McConnell Brick & Block Company, Inc. Dale Saltzburg Wilfred and Virginia Buck Joseph P. Sansalone Margaret O. Sansalone Peggy Lou H. Sartain Mr. and Mrs. Ray W. Burgess Sue and Bob Edrington Norman G. Satawa Joseph and Patricia Van Leen Judith Diane Scott Anonymous Joan Asseff Laura Cotton Janine Dyess

Rachelle Frisch Edmund and Leora Fritton Robert and Donna Goodman Ernest D. Graves, Jr. Jane Graves Jo-Ann B. Kneece The National Honorary Beta Club Beth C. Phillips Darrell Phillips Laura Phillips Bob and Sharon Sledge Danny and Laura Sledge Jackie and Don Sutton The White and Sims Families Patsy Shaw Millie and Bob Odom Charles Allen Sheets, Sr. Lois P. Ristroph William H. Short, Jr. Fred W. Johnson, Jr. Roger Wayne Sigler Molly S. Morgan Janie L. Smith Branch J. Smith Mary U. Smith Carolyn, Sterling, Mark, and Benton Abernethy John and Kathy Allen Oran Arthur Smith, Sr. Tommy and Althea Ashe Susan Bordelon Karl and Janice Brammer Lyn and Martha Crosby Charles and Donna Dabadie Archie and Jervais Day Eddie DeJean Diagnostic Physicians Group Mobile, AL Diamonds In The Rough Camping Club Helen and Edward Dunbar & Royce Buncha Biddy's Red Hat Society Bill and Polly Galloway Michael and Bobbie Gaudet Gonzales High School Class of 1955

Make a difference in the lives that follow.

Dr. Thomas A. and Melanie Hansbrough Ron and Genie Hendry Sue Jeffries Robert L. “Buck” Kleinpeter Walter and Carolyn Landry Charles and Carolyn LeBlanc Joelle Lemoine Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Little David and Lisa Lowrance Michael and Janet Newton Donald and Francesca Phelps Jerry and Rita Rushing Rosie Sefchick Joyce and Harry Stafford Lana Thompson Kurt, Janet, Sarah, Nathan, and Aaron Vosburg Buddy and Martha Wells Mr. and Mrs. Warren B. West Robert J. “Bob” Smith Flo Blank Dorothy E. McGuinness and Family Jo Helen Barnett Stanfield Wayne and Debbie Landry Robert Gerald Stephenson Anonymous Gilbert Suffrin Mr. and Mrs. Sindey Opotowsky Emily Lou Kean Taylor Mrs. Ruth M. Wilkinson Evelyn Beard Terrill Mrs. Ruth M. Wilkinson Nicole E. Trabeaux Denise and James Alleman Margaret Dorothy Vance Peggy Flack Anne B. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Lipscomb Mr. and Mrs. Marty Munro Carol Page Allison and Brian Plunk Edna Rainey Kimberly A. Rice

In Partnership With

Make a gift to charity in your will. Include Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation in your will or estate plan. Contact Mary Bird Perkins, your attorney or financial advisor to learn how.


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Memorial & Honor Gifts Allen Viator Board of Directors, Management, and Employees of Associated Grocers, Inc. Victor Vincent Darryl and Theresa Vincent Prince O. Wailes, Jr. Darryl and Theresa Vincent Joan Walker Betty McClelland Diana Howey White Sue and Bob Edrington Lewis Olen “Poppy” White Sue and Bob Edrington Horace Wilkinson IV Phillip and Mary Ellen Juban Eilleen M. Kean Chuck and Jerry Schwing Ann Wilkinson Horace Wilkinson V and Virginia Wilkinson John Carter Wilkinson Dr. and Mrs. Charles I. Black Murray and Jean Forman Dianne Griffin Dr. and Mrs. Milton Harris Phillip and Mary Ellen Juban Rubicon, LLC Mr. and Mrs. H. Norman Saurage III

Ann Wilkinson Billy O. Wilson Bill and Betty Wray Elmer Witenan Victoria C. Ward Dr. Martin Woodin Charles and Winifred Severance Ann Wilkinson Lee Yick Wai Chun Jennifer Lo Mary Ann Zicarelli Lena M. Polite

In Honor of... Julia Boyce Robert and Lauren Boyce Allan and Betty Bundy Mrs. Harolyn W. Bundy Cancer Patients Sarah F. Mitchell Pearl Daigle Craig and Bridget Soileau Kathy Durnin Ann Wilkinson Robert Egan Donna Egan Vickie Hebert Judy Dogua

Bob and Dot Johnson Andrew and Belle Nola Mayeaux Dr. Anita S. Kemmerly Anonymous Philomene Lacara Cheryl A. Tallia Zelda Long Jo Ann P. Montz Sancy McCool Duke Shackelford Lynn Parker Ann Wilkinson Ranny G. Pearce Judy Pearce and Daughters Sarah Ellis Romero Duke Shackelford Barbara Somner Ann Wilkinson Lois Szczekocki All American Title Agency William Wright * Bill and Rene’ Firesheets Anne Zappe Kristin Z. Hopper A gift made by Bill and Rene’ Firesheets in honor of William Wright was incorrectly listed in the last issue of Perkins Perspective. We sincerely apologize for the mistake.

Legacy Builders Legacy Builders is comprised of individuals who have made – or have notified Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation of their intent to make – planned gifts through their estate plans. Donors who have made outright gifts of $10,000 or more to the endowment or created endowed gifts for specific MBPCC programs are also recognized as Legacy Builders.

Robelynn H. Abadie Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. John W. Barton, Jr. Mr. John W. Barton, Sr. Mark and Kathy Bensabat Mr. and Mrs. James M. Bernhard, Jr. Evelyn Campbell Beven * Dr. and Mrs. Frederic Billings III Mrs. Jane Thibaut Boyce Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Campbell, Jr. Pat Cheramie Beverly and Dudley Coates Estate of Jess Willard Cockerham Estate of Charles Newsam Conner Estate of Violet T. Crum Estate of Jean H. Curet Mr. Louis D. Curet Mr. D. Cecil Delaune * Ms. Elaine T. Delaune Estate of Hazel Ewing Estate of Isiah J. Ewing Leon Ford IV and Helen Ford Dufreche Charlie V. Giambelluca *

Through their generosity, the following individuals are helping MBPCC to remain steadfast in continuing its mission of providing the highest-quality, most state of the art treatment technology and compassionate support services to all patients and their families today and in years to come.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Greer, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Griffin David S. Hanson, M.D. and Jolene K. Johnson, M.D. Mrs. Cecile B. Harrell * The D. Jensen Holliday Family Fund Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon A. Johnson Jerry and Donna Jolly Estate of Esther Kent Mary Alicia Lauret * and Bettye Lauret * Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Lipsey Mrs. Paula Garvey Manship * Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. McArthur II Mrs. Sancy H. McCool Chuck and Ruth McCoy Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. McKernan Estate of Lady Katharine McLaurin Dr. and Mrs. Tom J. Meek, Jr. Estate of Marguerite H. Mills Mr. Hillar C. Moore, Jr. Mr. Thomas J. Moran Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Moser

Mr. and Mrs. Hermann Moyse III Estate of Rosalie Moyse Estate of Stephen R. Musso Earl E. Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Nowacki Miss Emogene Pliner Mr. and Mrs. David C. Price Ms. Barbara V. Rathbone Estate of Dr. and Mrs. M. J. Rathbone, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Richard Rathbone Suzanne and Jackie Rome Anonymous Elaine Kessler Schudmak * Ms. Ruth C. Sessions Beverly Carson Smiley Todd and Kelli Stevens Peter and Paige Stewart Emily C. Stich Dr. and Mrs. O. M. Thompson, Jr. Felix and Lynn Weill Ann Wilkinson *Deceased

If you have included MBPCCF in your estate plans and have not yet notified the Office of Development, you are encouraged to do so. If you would like information on making a planned gift and/or would like assistance with the legal wording, the Office of Development staff will be happy to assist you.

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Community Support Groups, Events and Activities Cancer Survivor Support Group of Pointe Coupée Cancer survivors, family and friends gather to provide support, share experiences and discuss successful coping techniques. Candlelighters This group is for children with cancer and their families. The program includes monthly fun activities in a supportive atmosphere, a summer day camp, annual holiday party, tutoring, as well as individual and/or family counseling. Contact Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge at 225.927.2273 for more information. Caregiver Connection Designed for caregivers to share hope and support. For more information or to register, call 985.871.5974. GYN Oncology Support Group This group, which provides support to women with gynecologic cancer and their families, meets once a month. For more information, contact Woman’s Hospital at 225.924.8456. H.O.P.E. (Bereavement Support Groups) Free to the public, two eight-week workshops will be offered to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. This group, facilitated by Hospice of Baton Rouge’s Bereavement Coordinator and Chaplain, meets on Monday evenings or Tuesday mornings at the HBR office at 9063 Siegen Lane. For workshop dates and times, contact Hospice of Baton Rouge at 225.767.4673. The Hope Chests Organized by patients and facilitated by a nurse practitioner, this program’s purpose is to inform, encourage and meet the needs of breast cancer patients and their families. Speakers offer educational information on group-selected topics and emotional support is offered through group interaction and exercises that promote ventilation of feelings and fears. The group meets at Ochsner Clinic the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the fourth floor lobby. Call Ochsner Clinic of Baton Rouge at 225.761.5488 for more information. I Can Cope This series of sessions is for people with cancer, their families and their friends, providing information about cancer diagnosis, treatment and symptom management and practical help in coping with some of the emotional issues that can go along with a cancer diagnosis. Contact the American Cancer Society at 800.ACS.2345 for details.

PERKINS PERSPECTIVE is published by the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Communications Department to provide information about news and programs of interest to the medical community, cancer patients and their families, donors and friends of the Center. Communications Department 225.215.1225 Amy L. Benton, communications director Sally Garner, communications manager Debby Vollmer, public relations manager/senior staff writer

Introduction to Bereavement Join us on the first Monday of every month from 11:30 - 12:30 to learn how we grieve and become aware of the bereavement services offered by Hospice of Baton Rouge. Bring a brown bag lunch. This group meets at the Hospice of Baton Rouge office at 9063 Siegen Lane. For more information, contact the HBR office at 225.767.4673. For more information, or questions concerning Bereavement Activities, please contact Joy Perilloux, Bereavement Coordinator at 225.767.4673. Kids Kare This group is to help parents help their children cope when a parent is diagnosed with cancer. Monthly activities provide time for children to have fun and for parents to connect and gain support from other parents dealing with similar issues. This program also includes an annual holiday party, a School’s Out Program, as well as individual and/or family counseling. Contact Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge at 225.927.2273. Life Goes On This support group for adults who have been diagnosed with cancer and are raising young children meets the first Friday of every month at noon at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge. Call 225.927.2273 for more information. Look Good...Feel Better A program in which trained volunteer cosmetologists help female cancer patients deal with the side effects of treatment by teaching them beauty techniques to enhance their appearance and self-image. Participants are given a complimentary box of makeup and shown how to wear wigs and turbans. Programs are offered on Mondays at facilities across Baton Rouge. Call 800.ACS.2345 to register. Offered every other month in both St. Tammany and Washington parishes. For dates/times call 985.898.4481. Lymphoma Support Group For patients with Hodgkin’s disease and nonHodgkin’s lymphoma, their families and friends, this support group meets at noon on the last Friday of every month at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge. Contact Cancer Services at 225.927.2273 for more information. Man to Man Support Group This group offers education and mutual support for prostate cancer survivors as well as those currently undergoing treatment. Meetings are held three times per month at various locations across Baton Rouge. Contact the American Cancer Society at 800.ACS.2345 for more information.

Make Today Count: Baton Rouge, Lutcher, St. Francisville Chapters Through speakers, social gatherings, discussion of mutual concerns and sharing of information, Make Today Count offers support and education for cancer patients, family and friends. The Baton Rouge chapter meets at noon on the fourth Thursday of each month at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge for a guest speaker’s presentation followed by a support group. The Lutcher chapter meets at 5 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Lutcher Library and the St. Francisville chapter meets at 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the St. Francisville Town Hall. Call Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge at 225.927.2273 for details. New Voice Support Group This support group is designed to encourage and support those who have had a laryngectomy and to assist with physical, social and emotional rehabilitation. Meetings are the third Monday of every month at 11:45 a.m. at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. Contact the American Cancer Society at 800.ACS.2345 for more information. Ostomy Support Group This group assists with the rehabilitation of ostomy patients through information, educational material and emotional support. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at Baton Rouge General Medical Center - Bluebonnet at 7 p.m. Contact the American Cancer Society at 800.ACS.2345 for more information. Reach to Recovery This patient visitation program is for women who have had breast surgery related to cancer. Visitors are trained volunteers who have recovered from similar surgery. A prosthesis can be provided as well as literature and emotional support. Contact the American Cancer Society at 800.ACS.2345 for more information. Sisters Supporting Sisters A support group for African-American breast cancer survivors, this organization provides a strong support base and emotional safe-haven for survivors to express fears, frustrations and concerns. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon the first Saturday of every month at the Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church. Call 225.921.9072 for more information. To add your support group, event, or activity to our quarterly listing, please contact Sally Garner, communications manager, at 225.215.1225, or by email at:

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center 4950 Essen Lane Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3482 225.767.0847 Todd D. Stevens President/CEO

Lynn S. Weill Vice President for Development

PERKINS PERSPECTIVE is printed and mailed by Franklin Press.

Lori McCallum Executive Director/ C.A.R.E. Network

Brenda Truxillo Vice President/ Radiation Oncology Services

Greg C. Henkelmann, M.D. radiation oncologist/ Medical Director

© Copyright 2006 Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission from Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is prohibited.



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Holiday Giving Honor friends, family, customers, clients and colleagues by making a donation in their name to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. Holiday gift cards can be shipped to you to sign and send, or we can imprint your personal message on the cards for you. We can even mail them for you! Call Jennifer Looney at 225.215.1202 or visit for more information.

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