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Our Community Efforts

Community Outreach

  • Faculty mentors forSMART, SUPER, BioStart Programs
  • Science education tours for community organizations
  • Judge and award cash prizes for Caddo Parish School System Feist-Weiller Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest
  • Cancer Speakers Program for community groups
  • Tee shirt competition for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. LSUHSC-S/FWCC traditionally fields the largest team!
  • Annual health fair that targets minority men through the Louisiana Cancer Control Partnership
  • Cancer Action Network
  • Free sunscreen products to prevent skin cancer
  • Student art chosen at ArtBreak and framed for cancer patient hospital rooms through Community Art program
  • Tobacco Cessation classes
  • Great Pumpkin Run for Research
  • October Breast Health Luncheon
  • Spring Cancer Awareness Community Education Luncheon
  • Patient Support Groups

Quality of Life Initiatives

  • Mellanea and Max Rosenbloom Memorial Fund provides pain medication to help financially qualified patients get necessary medications
  • Ann Hanna Transportation Fund provides help to financially qualified patients who frequently travel long distances to receive treatment at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center
  • The Glen-Zadeck Canine Program
  • American Cancer Society Partnerships: Look Good...Feel Better, Reach to Recovery, Lodging,
  • Welcome packets with visitor's guides for new patients who do not reside in the immediate area
  • Tender Loving Care backpacks help healthy children of cancer patients deal with stress. TLC backpacks contain age appropriate items such as a teddy bear, stress  ball, diary, etc.
  • Ongoing support groups
  • Arts in Medicine Program

The Glen-Zadeck Canine Program

The Glen-Zadeck Canine Program is a therapy dog program providing appropriate animal companionship. Dogs from the Glen Retirement System visit Feist-Weiller Cancer outpatient clinics on a monthly basis. 

Screening Outreach

  • Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program (HCRAP)
  • Partners in Wellness
  • FREE oral, head and neck cancer screenings in the spring
  • FREE prostate cancer screenings in September
  • Men's Health Day and Screening

Volunteer Outreach

  • Community Advisory Board at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center serves as a voice to the community at large
  • Volunteer programs where patients are served hot chocolate, ice cream, and coffee
  • Volunteer action committee provides knitted caps, quilts, and Christmas visits for cancer patients

Cancer Speakers Program

Invite Feist-Weiller Cancer Center professionals to speak at your health event. Feist-Weiller Cancer Center professionals are happy to share their research and trends in the early detection of cancer, as well as the treatment and prevention of different types of cancers.

Available topics include:

  • Breathe Healthy
  • Breast Health
  • Prevention Through Nutrition
  • Get Screened!

Call 318.813.1423 to consult with a presentation coordinator.

Mentoring Programs

SMART, SUPER, and BioStart Programs
Feist-Weiller Cancer Center faculty mentor academically advanced high school seniors and college undergraduates through three programs. SMART (Science and Medicine Academic Training program) is a high school program for rising Caddo and Bossier Parish seniors that begins in the summer and continues throughout the school year. Each year SMART students have been selected to participate in prestigious national science competitions. Funding for SMART is provided by the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana.

SUPER is the Summer Undergraduate Experience in Research program in which undergraduates receive research training during the summer through the LSUHSC Shreveport Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience. SUPER is funded by the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), the LSUHSC Shreveport Department of Pharmacology, a grant from Chesapeake Energy, and other generous donors through the LSU Health Sciences Foundation.

BioStart is a semester-long laboratory internship program for seniors in the four-year Biotechnology Academy at Southwood High School. This is a magnet program available to qualifying Caddo Parish students. BioStart's pilot year (2009/2010) has been funded by donors of the Biomedical Research Foundation, especially the Women's Philanthropy Network. The BioStart program is currently under consideration for national funding by the NIH.

Partners in Wellness

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center's Partners in Wellness program allows everyone in Central and North Louisiana access to essential cancer screenings and education materials regardless of ability to pay. Partners in Wellness is a free health screening program .

Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program

Do particular types of cancer run in your family? Does your lifestyle put you at risk for developing cancer? Feist-Weiller Cancer Center's Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program (HCRAP) can help determine your risk. HCRAP has helped more than 1,300 patients to date. HCRAP advises community hospitals about genetic testing and patient referrals. HCRAP promotes breast cancer awareness throughout the community and tests high-risk individuals for genetic mutations. Other hereditary cancers addressed include colon, endometrial, kidney, tumors of unknown origin, and other rare hereditary syndromes.

LA Cancer Control  Partnership

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Louisiana and Louisiana cancer mortality rates rank among the highest in the nation. The Louisiana Cancer Control Partnership (LCCP) is a coalition of public agencies, state academic and research institutions, and community-based private and volunteer organizations whose mission is to reduce the burden of cancers. The LCCP-Action Through Planning mission is to reduce cancer disparities by providing a comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated approach to the continuum of cancer control delivery beginning with prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation, palliation, and survivorship through the end of life. The Louisiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan compares state and national statistics, and also explains the disparities, preventive strategies, and treatment centers in Louisiana.

Tobacco Cessation

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, as part of LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, has partnered with the LSUHSC School of Public Health and the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living (TFL) to provide tobacco cessation services to LSUHSC Shreveport patients, hospital employees, and the communities we serve. Cessation services are facilitated by the Tobacco Control Initiative, which provides evidence-based interventions that are cost effective, appropriate, and acceptable to patients.

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