Is a Clinical Trial Right for You?


You have cancer. In the course of your journey, your doctor suggested that a research study – called a clinical trial – might prove beneficial to you. You likely have questions. What would you be getting yourself into? What sort of chances are you taking? Should you participate? Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) hematologist oncologist Suresh Nair, MD, with LVPG Hematology Oncology–1240 Cedar Crest is here to help you answer these questions.

“Many clinical trials involve treatments that have shown significant promise in being more effective than existing therapies,” Nair says. “Additionally, the risk/benefit analysis in clinical trials is carefully reviewed and monitored, and trials are conducted in phases, each with a different purpose. This is done to ensure low risks and proper procedures at all times.” Read More »

Transplant Surgeon Lynsey Biondi, MD, Shares Her Patients’ Triumphs – VIDEO

Lynsey Biondi, MD, is passionate about caring for living donors – people who give an organ to a friend, family member or even a complete stranger.

A board-certified transplant surgeon with LVPG Transplant Surgery–1250 Cedar Crest, Biondi forms lifelong bonds with her patients, and enjoys learning about her patients at every phase of their transplant journey.

“Not only am I taking care of them as a physician,” she says, “I’m getting to know them and rejoicing with them when they have happy times, and trying to help them through the difficult times.”

Get to know her with this video.

Training for #LVHNVia: When Disruptions Throw Off Your Schedule


For Christina, a training plan can’t be set in stone. Her goal requires a healthy balance of her family, a job and “me time”.

Follow along with four LVHN colleagues participating in the Lehigh Valley Health Network Via 5K, half-marathon and full marathon who are writing about their experience for a weekly series on Lehigh Valley Health News.

By Christina Roberts, director of I/S on the Epic conversion project. She’s participated in the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon and 2014 New York City Marathon.

Monday, May 11, started out as most Mondays do.  Oh wait, I forgot already.  The 11th didn’t start out as usual.  I still woke up at 4:30 am, but instead of starting with a 45-minute run, I found myself on my yoga mat in child’s pose.  Reluctant to the re-entry into another work week, I certainly could have remained curled up in a little ball. But I pressed on with an hour practice that left me ready to embrace whatever the day offered.

My attendance at an early morning meeting was required, so my first training run for the upcoming Via Marathon would have to be pushed back to the evening.  Over the past seven years of running, I’ve learned – sometimes the hard way – that I must keep an open mind and remain flexible enough with my training. Read More »

Take a Walk on the Wild Side This Saturday

TrexlerFresh air, exercise and great wildlife views are the perfect combination for a spring outing. You can do it all during a 1.2-mile walk through Schnecksville’s Trexler Nature Preserve at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23. The walk is the latest event offered through Get Out! Lehigh Valley, a healthy outdoor activity program developed by Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Wildlands Conservancy. Offered throughout the year, the program’s events – led by a naturalist – allow you to explore a variety of area parks, trails, gardens and rivers. At the same time, you’ll reap a number of physical and mental health benefits, including:

  • Weight control
  • Stress reduction
  • Reduced risk for a variety of diseases
  • Increased self-esteem

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And the Community Canvas Winner Is…


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Congratulations to Luisa Sinisterra, a third-grade student from Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School in Bethlehem, Pa., for winning the Community Canvas 2015 Grand Finale. Community Canvas is an art competition for area elementary school students sponsored by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, with collaborators Lehigh Valley Art Spark and Communities in Schools.

Sinisterra and nine other students participated in the grand finale on Sunday at PBS Studios in Bethlehem. The artists were given a lunchbox full of supplies and 60 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme. The winner was chosen by the audience in attendance.

While their votes were being tallied, another competition was taking place in the studio. Five local chefs, who were given the secret ingredient of turkey, had to create the tastiest dish in the style of “Iron Chef.” The 10 Community Canvas students cast the deciding votes and chose Tom Rutherford, chef and owner of Thomas at the Bookstore, for his turkey-based dish.

After the chef competition, it was time for the artists to meet actress and singer Sabrina Carpenter, who plays Maya Hart in the popular Disney Channel TV series “Girl Meets World.” Carpenter signed autographs, answered audience questions and sang a few songs from her new album.