LSU Health Shreveport

Excellence in cancer research, treatment & education

Feist-Weiller Cancer Center (FWCC) is the only academic cancer center in North Louisiana, whose name reflects a generous philanthropic gift by Carroll Feist to honor the Feist and Weiller families. FWCC was designated as a Center for Excellence in Cancer Research, Treatment, and Education by the Louisiana Board of Regents in 1993. Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is supported by the partnership between Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and LSU Health Shreveport. Feist-Weiller’s research and education initiatives are directed by LSU Health Shreveport, while Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport oversees the delivery of clinical care.

The two main roles of Feist-Weiller are 1.) To advance cancer care and reduce the burden of cancer in North Louisiana, and 2.) To develop research programs, faculty, and facilities that will lead to better and more innovative approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Collaboration between cancer researchers and treating physicians fosters a comprehensive understanding of cancer, increases access to treatments, and provides opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials. The 60,000-square-foot multidisciplinary outpatient facility houses the Clinical Cancer Research program, which offers more than 100 clinical trials. Cancer research programs are organized strategically to address four critical areas of cancer research: Genetics and Cancer Biology, Viral Oncology and Immunology, Cancer Preventative Control and Health Care Disparities, and Developmental: Clinical and Translational Oncology/Cancer Therapeutics.

The FWCC team is committed to bringing lifesaving cancer discoveries to all of Louisiana and beyond. Physicians and researchers:

  • Conduct laboratory research and clinical research to discover better methods of preventing and treating cancer
  • Provide adult and pediatric patients with state-of-the-art cancer care, regardless of their ability to pay, at locations across North Louisiana including Ochsner LSU Health – Cancer Treatment Center, Ochsner LSU Health – Monroe Medical Center, and Ochsner LSU Health – St. Mary Medical Center
  • Educate and train Hematology/Oncology Fellows, community physicians, and local residents about the most modern cancer treatments so all patients will receive the best possible cancer care
  • Supply Louisiana communities with cancer screenings and education materials for prevention through Partners in Wellness, a unique community cancer screening program

Among the signature strengths of Feist-Weiller Cancer Center is translational research. In translational cancer research, basic science findings are translated through clinical care into tomorrow’s improved therapies. Physicians and scientists take clinical problems from the bedside to the research laboratory where generated solutions come back to the bedside. This type of research allows scientific discoveries to more rapidly become practical applications that can be used in the assessment and treatment of cancer patients.