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New Orleans, La, August 27th, 2018 – Louisiana Oncology Society has agreed to partner with the New Orleans Lympho-Maniac Cancer Fund on 1st Annual Louisiana Oncology Conference set for Friday, March 29th, 2019 at Harrah’s Hotel.  “We are excited to partner with one of the top local cancer non-profits in our city to produce an annual medical oncology conference which (free of charge) will offer continuing medical education (CME) credits to oncologists as well as continuing education (CE) credits to nurses and other medical professionals from across our state,” said Dr. Ashish Udhrain, President of Louisiana Oncology Society.  “I am 100% committed to the mission of New Orleans Lympho-Maniac Cancer Fund which is to improve the lives of cancer patients in our community.  We are proud to be their partner on this conference which we think should tremendously benefit the medical oncology professionals in our area.” 

Founded on September 1, 1992, by John M. Rainey, MD, the Louisiana Oncology Society has had numerous legislative successes (see sidebar) since that time, including leading the effort to support Louisiana’s Oral Chemotherapy Parity Law, which was passed in 2012 and is now in effect throughout the state. The Society has also been instrumental in forging relationships among oncologists and oncology fellows across Louisiana and in neighboring states, and in ensuring that patients receive quality care.

The New Orleans Lympho-Maniac Cancer Fund has become one of the biggest and most active local cancer nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area. Chad Landry (Founder of New Orleans Lympho-Maniacs) is a former East Jefferson General Hospital patient and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor. He graduated from LSU, spent three years working in Houston, then moved back to New Orleans in January 2002. Shortly thereafter, he decided to hold a party with the help of friends and family in order to raise money for local New Orleans Cancer projects, programs, and services, including caring for the financial needs of those lower income families who have been impacted by cancer. Since its inception, New Orleans Lympho-Maniacs have raised over $1.2 million for local cancer causes here in New Orleans.