Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC Recognizes National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Houma, LA–11/05/2015

While smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer, other risk factors including age and family history of cancer, are also responsible for Louisiana’s leading cause of cancer deaths. During November, recognized as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC encourages people to learn their risk factors by taking a free online risk assessment at or calling (985) 850-6052 for more information.

“Individuals need to educate themselves about the risk factors,” said Melanie Guilbeaux, Cancer Center director. “The online assessment is a good way for individuals to evaluate their level of risk, and a low-dose CT scan is highly recommended for anyone with increased risk. Through the Cancer Center’s Lung Cancer Screening Program, we offer the most accurate information and chance of early diagnosis with rapid treatment options available if necessary.  The low-dose CT scan may also give individuals peace of mind if they are concerned about the risk of developing lung cancer.”

Scientists have found a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer mortality with a low-dose CT scan when compared to a chest X-ray. Through the Cancer Center’s Lung Cancer Screening Program, this diagnostic test is offered in Houma at a discounted price of $99 for high-risk individuals.

“Should a lung cancer screening reveal the need for follow-up treatment, we are most fortunate to have a Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Care (MDC) Team ready to review the individual’s case and recommend a treatment plan,” said Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO, TGMC.  “This special team of healthcare professionals collaborates to provide patients with the most precise diagnoses and comprehensive care, right here in Houma.”

With this focus on quality, the Cancer Center was recognized as a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA). The LCA acknowledges organizations adhering to its quality standards, referred to as the National Framework for Excellence.

Some of the additional lung cancer resources offered at the Cancer Center include:

  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy: a treatment that uses advanced imaging techniques to deliver a large, highly focused radiation dose to certain types of lung tumors
  • Free tobacco cessation counseling services
  • National Cancer Institute clinical trials for the treatment of lung cancer

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