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August 2018
Tulane Cancer Center to Host
Free Prostate Cancer Seminar
Renowned prostate cancer specialist Dr. Oliver Sartor will provide a seminar on the latest advancements in prostate cancer research and treatment on Thursday, Sept. 6. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)
Renowned prostate cancer specialist Dr. Oliver Sartor will provide a seminar on the latest advancements in prostate cancer research, treatment and diagnosis at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, in the first-floor conference room of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center, 1700 Tulane Ave.  
 
The event, which is free and open to the public, is intended to help prostate cancer patients, their caregivers, those with a family history of the disease, physicians and healthcare providers learn more about the disease and treatment options. Light refreshments will be served, and complimentary parking is available in the building’s garage, accessible from S. Derbigny Street.
 
Sartor, who leads Tulane’s Prostate Cancer Research Program, is one of the few medical oncologists in the world focused on prostate cancer. He will be available to answer attendees’ questions at the end of the seminar.  
 
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. One in every nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and one in 41 will die of this disease. “This seminar will raise awareness and provide men and the families who love them with the information they need to be proactive when it comes to prostate cancer issues,” Sartor said.
 
Seating is limited, and RSVP is requested but not required. For more information or to RSVP for the free seminar, please click here or contact Melanie Cross at 504-988-6592 or  mcross@tulane.edu.

This activity is supported in part by an educational grant from Astellas Pharma Global Development, Inc. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credit. TM
“This seminar will raise awareness and provide men and the families who love them with the information they need to be proactive when it comes to prostate cancer issues.”
-Oliver Sartor, MD
Fifth Annual NOLA Bluedoo Celebrates
Prostate Cancer Survivorship New Orleans-Style
NOLA Bluedoo is a festival-style fundraiser and celebration of prostate cancer survivorship held on Tulane University's Uptown Campus and featuring food and drinks from over 25 local restaurants, a silent auction, kids' tent, survivor tent, a two-mile walk/run, costuming and MORE! Proceeds from sponsorships, donations, the silent auction and party passes benefit Tulane's Prostate Cancer Research Fund.
Get ready to grab your best blue running or dancing shoes and mark your calendars. Tulane Cancer Center’s fifth annual NOLA Bluedoo — a fundraiser for prostate cancer research— is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, on Tulane’s uptown campus.

NOLA Bluedoo includes New Orleans‐style music, food from over 25 local restaurants and caterers, costuming, silent auctions, a kids’ tent, a two-mile walk/run and more to celebrate prostate cancer survivors and raise money to fund prostate cancer research at Tulane University School of Medicine. During the last four years, NOLA Bluedoo has raised almost $570,000 for Tulane Cancer Center’s Prostate Cancer Research Program. 

“NOLA Bluedoo started five years ago with the idea that we could raise funds for prostate cancer research and honor those afflicted with this disease while also having a bit of New Orleans-style family fun,” said Dr. Oliver Sartor, head of Tulane’s Prostate Cancer Research Program. “Please help us continue the mission and join us for a great time on Tulane’s beautiful uptown campus.”

Costuming in blue – the color of prostate cancer awareness – is encouraged, Sartor said. 

A $25 Party Pass directly benefits research and allows access to the celebration of survivorship, including complimentary food and refreshments and entertainment by the Bluedoo Allstars, featuring Brian Stoltz (Funky Meters) on guitar, Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk) on bass, John ‘Papa’ Gros (Papa Grows Funk) on keyboards and Raymond Weber (Joe Sample) on drums. There will also be special appearances by the Babydoll Sisterhood, the Disco Amigos, the Amelia EarHawts, the Pussyfooters, the Harley Owner’s Group, the Laissez Boys of New Orleans, and Saints Super Fan “Soul Saint” with other members of the Big Easy Mafia.

The two-mile walk/run, held in partnership with the New Orleans Track Club (NOTC), begins and ends at Gibson Quad (behind Gibson Hall on St. Charles Avenue). Advanced registration for walkers/runners is $30; university students (with student ID) pay $15 through Sept. 10 and $20 on race day. Proceeds from race registrations predominately benefit the NOTC.

For more information, please visit  www.nolabluedoorun.org or contact Melanie Cross at 504-988-6592 or  mcross@tulane.edu.
Tulane Doctor Elected to Elite Surgery College
A pioneer in urology and robotic surgery, Raju Thomas, MD, has been inducted into the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Scotland. (Story by Carolyn Scofield)
Tulane surgeon  Raju Thomas, MD, has been inducted into the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Scotland, a distinction that recognizes some of the world’s top surgeons.

A pioneer in urology and robotic surgery, Thomas has been dedicated to innovations in delivering minimally invasive urologic surgical procedures. He is chair of Urology, chief of Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine, and a contributing member of the Tulane Cancer Center.

“I’m absolutely thrilled and humbled,” Thomas said. “The FRCS is the gold standard that has been established in much of the world.”

Thomas is the fourth Tulane School of Medicine faculty member to be named a FRCS fellow. He shares the distinction with Rudolph Matas (1927), Alton Ochsner (1962) and Michael DeBakey (1974).

“Tulane has a long history of bringing in top faculty from around the world and pushing the boundaries of medicine with groundbreaking surgical advances," said Lee Hamm, MD, dean of Tulane School of Medicine and senior vice president. “We’re proud of Dr. Thomas for being awarded this top honor in surgical medicine.”

The fellowship also honors members’ volunteer work in areas with few medical facilities.

“Surgery is one of the greatest healthcare needs in the world and approximately 5 billion people don’t have prompt access to surgical care,” Thomas said. “The agenda for the Royal College is, what are our members doing to bring access to surgical care around the world?”

Along with his work at Tulane since 1982, Thomas operates a week each year in India with the International Volunteers of Urology. He performs approximately 100–115 minimally invasive surgeries during the week for people who have no other access to surgery.

Thomas earned his medical degree from Seth G.S. Medical College of the University of Bombay, where all of his professors were FRCS members.
Calendar of Events
Saturday, September 15
Saturday, September 29
Thursday, October 11
Tulane offers free prostate screenings - a PSA blood test - on the second Tuesday of each month at Tulane Comprehensive Cancer Clinic, 150 S. Liberty St., New Orleans. To make an appointment, call 504-988-6300 or 1-800-588-5800.
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