Tulane Cancer Center To Host Liver Cancer Workshop

February 10, 2010

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-862-8789

The Tulane Cancer Center will host a one-hour workshop entitled “Frankly Speaking About Liver Cancer” at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Tulane Cancer Center Comprehensive Clinic, 150 S. Liberty St. in downtown New Orleans.

The workshop, which is free and open to the public, is designed to help liver cancer patients and their families learn more about the disease and what to expect during and after cancer treatment.

The workshop will feature Tulane oncologist Marcelo Blaya, who will discuss liver cancer diagnosis, symptoms, treatment strategies and side-effect management.  Sean Ransom, director of Tulane Cancer Center’s Patricia Trost Friedler Center for Psychosocial Oncology, will talk about life beyond treatment and skills for coping with the stress of cancer. The workshop is geared toward patients whose primary cancer is in the liver, as well as those whose cancer has spread to the liver from some other primary cancer site.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 22,620 new cases of primary liver and bile duct cancer were diagnosed in the United States in 2009, and more than 18,000 Americans died from the disease.  Liver cancer is more common in men than in women. An average man's lifetime risk of getting liver or bile duct cancer is about 1 in 100, while an average woman's risk is about 1 in 217.

Funding for the program is provided through a charitable gift from Bayer HealthCare and Onyx Pharmaceuticals in cooperation with The Wellness Community.  Validated parking is available in the Saratoga Parking Garage, located at the corner of Cleveland and S. Saratoga streets in downtown New Orleans.  The Tulane Cancer Center Comprehensive Clinic is located on the first floor of the garage.  Refreshments will be provided.

To register to attend the workshop or for more information, please contact Kasi Guillot at 504-988-3068 or

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000