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Ochsner Expands Cancer Care

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  Ochsner Health System has undertaken a $20 million fundraising program to expand its cancer services at the new Tom and Gayle Benson Cancer Center (www.ochsner.org). The center was renamed last month in honor of a $5 million gift from the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation to establish a comprehensive cancer center that will include treatments, research and clinical trials.

  Ochsner CEO Dr. Patrick Quinlan says Ochsner sees more than 2,200 new cancer patients each year at its existing cancer institute. The health system last year partnered with LSU Health Sciences Center for cancer research, and earlier this year joined the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium to make its cancer services more comprehensive and multidisciplinary.

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