NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is giving the Louisiana Tumor Registry a three-year, $794,000 grant to develop a system to quickly collect and report children's cancers.
Hospitals often take six months or more to report cancer cases because they want to include information about treatment, said Dr. Vivien Chen, director of the registry at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans.
She said the grant will let the registry work with pathology laboratories, which diagnose cancers, and get that information within a couple of months. Regional registry workers will go to hospitals in their areas each month to get more information, she said.
Chen said the tumor registry will collaborate with state pediatric organizations and with doctors and hospitals treating children with cancer. Key partners include Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Shreveport clinics affiliated with St. Jude Research Hospital, large out-of-state children's hospitals, and the LSUHSC-New Orleans pediatric oncology program at Children's Hospital in New Orleans, where about half of the new pediatric cases in Louisiana are diagnosed or treated.
LSUHSC's registry will also link to birth records, since a baby's birth weight and any other abnormalities noted on the birth certificate, and even the parents' ages may be linked to cancer, she said.
"As we move on, we might explore some other information. Medicare might be another thing we might link on," she said.
This grant is the second awarded to the tumor registry since December and brings its federal support to about $3.5 million a year, according to LSU.
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