The Ochsner Cancer Institute was founded in 1981 to coordinate cancer care and develop clinical research and supportive care programs for cancer patients and their families. Utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to provide the most rounded care possible, staff members focus on taking the patient through the challenges of living with cancer including care after treatments have ended as part of the Cancer Survivorship Program.
Lincoln Cox: Survivor and Donor
We are so grateful for the generosity and support of our donors. They are a constant source of inspiration and act as a reminder of the people we serve in our mission to change and save lives. Lincoln Cox is a wonderful example of one of inspiration. His generous gift of $500 to the Colon and Rectal Cancer Fund will help fund research and assist patients who, like him, are faced with the battle of their lives and for their lives.
In March of 2012, Lincoln Cox's active life of long-distance sailing, travel and grandparenting was interrupted by devastating news. Despite an initial screening three years prior, he was diagnosed with a Stage 3 cancerous colorectal tumor. A referral to Ochsner's Colorectal Cancer Division and Dr. David Margolin offered a personally tailored treatment plan.
Regardless of his treatments, staying true to himself and his active lifestyle was an important goal for Lincoln. "This situation quickly focuses you on what is really important in life," he says. Eight days after completing radiation, he started his biennial sailing trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. He returned to have surgery and six months of chemotherapy. Today, he considers himself cancer-free. He and his wife still travel and spend time with their grandchildren and Lincoln just successfully checked off one of many items on his bucket list - sailing from Pensacola, Florida to Havana, Cuba. "I can only attribute this to the care I received with Dr. Margolin and Ochsner Health System. For that, I am eternally grateful!" he says.
We are so grateful to Lincoln and Kim Cox for their kind words and for their generosity and dedication to Ochsner Health System. We wish Lincoln and Kim many happy sailing and grandparenting adventures in the future!
A Word from Dr. Furhan Yunan, Chairman Hematology/Medical Oncology
Dear Ochsner Family,
When the five founders of the Ochsner Clinic shared their dream to treat the patient and not just the disease in 1942, I do not believe even they could have seen how that vision would impact the future of healthcare, especially here at The Ochsner Cancer Institute. It is our goal to approach each patient in a multidisciplinary way, including fertility specialists, nutritionists, exercise specialists and psychiatrists. These services, among others, provide patients with a holistic approach to treatment that considers not just the needs of the body, but also of the mind and spirit. A vital part of this approach, perhaps the most vital part, is you.
It is because of you, your kindness, your generosity and your concern, that as a community we can support and care for patients through innovative and collaborative treatment strategies. It is because of you that we can assure our patients of one of the most important messages a cancer patient can learn… they are not alone.
You are the source of our greatest strength, whether it is because you have fought cancer or you have a loved one who has, whether you have been treated at Ochsner or you have never visited our campuses, whatever it is that has encouraged you to become a part of the Ochsner community, I genuinely welcome you.
Today’s gift is tomorrow’s miracle. No matter how large or how small, every single gift makes a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. From something as simple as a taxi ride to the Cancer Center for treatment or as complex as the expansion of our state of the art Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center, every donation you make is a building block to a cure. You are making miracles happen every day.
I want to extend my deepest gratitude to you; thank you for becoming a member of our team and for ensuring that our legacy of changing and saving lives continues for generations to come.
Furhan Yunus, MD
For more information, please contact:
Director of Development, Ochsner Cancer Institute