The Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Programs (LCP), which are housed at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public, and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center launched SurviveDAT, as a resource for young breast cancer patients and caregivers in 2011 in south Louisiana. The program has proved so successful, that The Greater Good, a charitable organization, is continuing to support its in-person south Louisiana support groups, as SurviveDAT becomes part of a new Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, which will consist of online resources and support in the three states: Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.



Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center was founded in 1968 by a small group of community leaders to develop and operate a local radiation treatment facility that would serve all citizens of Greater Baton Rouge. Today, the organization delivers comprehensive cancer care throughout southeast Louisiana with locations in Baton Rouge, Covington, Gonzales, Hammond and Houma. 

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center partners include Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales and Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is located on the campus of North Oaks Hospital in Hammond as well. With the help of its hospital and community partners, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center provides the full spectrum of cancer care – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship.


University of Alabama Birmingham School of Nursing

The UAB School of Nursing is ranked 13th in overall graduate programs—among the top 5 percent of nursing schools nationwide—by U.S. News and World Report. It offers innovative bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, including the state’s only Ph.D. in nursing, a joint doctor of nursing practice degree and an accelerated master’s in nursing pathway program for students who already have one degree. The school is a leading research center with funded studies in the areas of oncology, pediatrics, minority health, international nursing, HIV/AIDS care, occupational health and aging and palliative care. Through the school’s Pan American World Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for International Nursing students and faculty are exposed to interdisciplinary clinical and research opportunities on our health-science campus and across the globe. Find more information at www.uab.edu/nursing


University of Mississippi Medical Center

Located in Jackson, the University of Mississippi Medical Center is the state’s only academic medical center and encompasses six health science schools, including medicine, nursing, health related professions, dentistry, pharmacy and graduate studies. The Medical Center’s health-care enterprise includes the state’s only level one trauma center and its only children’s hospital.  UMMC’s education, research and health-care missions share the objectives of improving the health of the state’s population and eliminating health disparities. Find more information at http://www.umc.edu.


This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Award Number U58DP005412. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.