Webinar: Tobacco-related Cancers

Preventing and Treating Tobacco-related Cancers

The Louisiana Cancer Research Center and The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL)presented a webinar on World Cancer Day, Feb. 4 to share information about cancer in Louisiana, updates on the treatment of smoking-related cancers, programs to help smokers quit, and access to cancer clinical trials.

Cancer is the number two killer in Louisiana with over 26,000 diagnoses every year. Lung cancer claims the lives of more men in our state than any other form of cancer. It is well established that smoking significantly raises one’s risk of developing cancer.  

The program was moderated by Earl Benjamin-Robinson, DrHSc, CPH, the director of TFL with the following presenters:

·         Mark D. Sides, M.D., Ph.D., Tulane University Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Deming Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Hematology and Oncology, presenting “Lung Cancer Care in 2022”

·         Dr. Tyra Gross, Assistant Professor, Xavier University of Louisiana and Michael Celestin, Ph.D., LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, Director of the Louisiana Tobacco Control Initiative, presenting “Smoking Cessation in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Pregnant Women”

·         Daniel Johnson, MD, oncologist, Ochsner Health, presenting “Accessing Clinical Trials”

·         Chrishelle Stipe, MPH, NCTTP, TFL cessation manager, presenting “Smoking Cessation Strategies”

About the LCRC

The Louisiana Cancer Research Center is a unique private-public partnership established in 2002by the State of Louisiana with a goal of building a consortium cancer center capable of attaining national recognition as a National Cancer Institute (NCI)designated Cancer Center. The LCRC's 200+ researchers conduct research of international importance with local impact. The LCRC aims to build a healthier community by creating more personal victories in the fight against cancer and the tactics that treat and prevent it. LCRC member institutions Tulane School of Medicine, LSU Health, Xavier University, and Ochsner Health work collaboratively toward this mission. The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living is a program of the LCRC and has helped thousands quit cancer-causing smoking through education and cessation programs.

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) engages in local and statewide tobacco control policy efforts that focus on tobacco prevention and initiation among youth, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, promote cessation services, and identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities. TFL is guided by best practices in tobacco control and envisions a healthier Louisiana by reducing the excessive burden of tobacco use on all Louisianans. For more information visit www.tobaccofreeliving.org.To find out more about the dangers of secondhand smoke and show your support for a smoke-free Louisiana, visit www.healthierairforall.org.To learn more about quitting tobacco, visit www.quitwithusla.org.

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