The National Cancer Institute is donating millions of dollars to combine and expand two networks for cancer patients in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The institute will be providing more than $13 million for the networks that are working to bring minority and undeserved cancer patients in Louisiana and Mississippi into research studies.
Dr. Augusto Ochoa of LSU Health New Orleans says the long-term goal is to continue increasing the numbers of new cancer patients involved each year in some kind of study.
The network will merge the community oncology research program run by Ochsner Cancer Center into one involving LSU Health New Orleans and cancer centers in Shreveport and Baton Rouge.
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