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Ochsner’s commitment to innovative cancer research and therapy development began in 1930 with Dr. Alton Ochsner’s research on pulmonary malignancy and the link between smoking and lung cancer. It continues today at the Ochsner Cancer Institute.
The Ochsner Cancer Institute was founded in 1981
to coordinate cancer care and develop clinical research and supportive care programs. It was designated as
a Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1983 and has been continuously funded by the NCI since that time. In 2013, CCOP was replaced by the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). The Ochsner NCORP places more than 200 patients on clinical research trials annually.
The cancer program is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. This accreditation recognizes Ochsner’s commitment
to providing patients with a comprehensive range of services in the diagnosis and treatment of all malignancies. Moreover, the Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center at Ochsner Medical Center is the first facility in the Gulf South to be fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program
for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. In 2014, Cancer Services at Ochsner was, once again, recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “High Performing” department.
The Ochsner Cancer Institute provides the most advanced cancer care available and, at the same time, offers compassionate support that enables the patient to meet the challenge of living with cancer. Ochsner’s unique combination of patient care, research and education set the Institution apart from other healthcare providers in the region who are able to provide some, but not all, of the services needed by cancer patients and their families. In addition, a research partnership with LSU Health Sciences Center ensures that clinical and basic research into cancer prevention, treatment and cure receives the highest attention. Ochsner is a member of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium.
In 2010, a generous donation from Gayle and Tom Benson allowed Ochsner to create a state-of-the-art, multi- disciplinary cancer center that sits right on the bank of the beautiful Mississippi River in New Orleans. This center has cared for and treated thousands of cancer patients
in our region.
The Ochsner NCORP places more than 200 patients on clinical research trials annually.

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