LSUHSC forms cancer drug network in LA, MS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Cancer patients in Louisiana and south Mississippi will find it easier to join tests of treatments and promising new drugs under a new network organized by the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport.

Officials say including local hospitals means patients won't have to travel as far, so the number who can participate is likely to increase, especially in under-served communities.

The National Cancer Institute is providing $5.6 million for the network to increase the numbers of minority, rural and otherwise under-served cancer patients.

About 25 institutions have joined the network so far, including hospitals and a clinic in Hattiesburg and Gulfport, Mississippi. In Louisiana, they include hospitals and clinics in Shreveport, Monroe, Mansfield, Houma, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes.

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