Get Screened for Colon Cancer

1 in 20 people get colon-rectal cancerOne in 20 people will develop cancer of the colon or rectum, which are parts of the large intestine. Because colon and rectal cancers have many features in common, they sometimes are referred to together as colon-rectal cancer. Such cancers are the third most common.

“Colon cancer is preventable and treatable when detected early,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network general surgeon Guillermo Garcia, MD, with LVPG General Surgery–Hausman Road. “That’s why it’s important to have a screening colonoscopy.” During a colonoscopy, a flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope is inserted through the rectum into the colon to examine the entire length of the large intestine.

Here’s what you need to know about having a colonoscopy and getting screened for colon-rectal cancer. Read More »

Get the Facts About Oral Cancer; Attend Free Screening Events in April and Stop It in Its Tracks

Oral cancer often goes undetected until its later stages, making treatment more difficult. Getting screened regularly through your dentist or through Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) free annual screening event may help detect oral cancer in its earliest form, when treatment is most effective.

“With any cancer, the earlier we find it, the easier it is to cure,” says Michele Pisano-Marsh, DMD, with Lehigh Valley Health Network’s dental clinic. “Men are more than twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, but the growing incidence in young people is quite alarming.”

Oral cancer often starts as a red or white patch in the mouth, or as a sore throat. When those symptoms persist or the area grows in size, it’s time to see a medical professional. Some people will experience hoarseness and other vocal changes that get worse over time, or a lump in the chin or neck. Any of these symptoms, as well as a sore on the lip or mouth that’s not healing, may be cause for concern. Read More »

LVH-Hazleton Experts Discuss Knee Pain Treatment on Sam Lesante Show – VIDEO

If knee pain has been nagging you, there’s no need to keep suffering. Three of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton’s experts in knee pain joined television host Sam Lesante this month to describe causes and treatment options. The program is broadcast on SSPTV, and the video is available online. Watch it here.

Donald Miller, PA-C, with Lehigh Valley Physician Group Orthopedics – Health & Wellness Center, and physical therapist Ashley Schartzer explain the importance of strengthening the muscles around your knee to prevent and treat problems. They describe therapy and other non-surgical methods that often provide an alternative to surgery.

Catherine Gallagher, manager of rehabilitation services at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton, describes how the state-of-the-art facility is a one-stop shop for orthopedic needs because of the proximity and cooperation of the team of therapists, physicians, imaging technicians and other care providers and support staff. Read More »

Family Celebrates Son’s Recovery Thanks to Donated Technology in LVH-Cedar Crest NICU

A local family is celebrating two years of life with their precious son thanks to life-saving technology another family donated to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN).

Liam Nagy suffered a brain injury at birth and had a 50/50 chance of survival, his mother, Jeanine, told WFMZ-TV. But after his head was placed in a cooling cap in the neonatal intensive care unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Cedar Crest, Liam recovered and is now a perfectly healthy 2-year-old.

The non-invasive treatment that reduces brain damage and improves an infant’s chance of survival was donated by the family behind Lauren’s Hope Foundation, a non-profit formed after Lauren Flood died in 2007 at age 4 due to blood deprivation that injured her brain at birth.

Lauren Flood’s mother, Ann, says children like Liam will carry on Lauren’s legacy forever. Read More »

7 Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters

Fruit in fun shapes on white platesYour toddler refuses to eat anything but chicken nuggets. Your tween has sworn off meat. If your child is picky about what he or she eats, you’re not alone. How can you get your child to eat more nutritiously?

“Most children will get adequate nutrients over the course of a week, so missing a meal or two will not harm them,” says pediatrician Alvaro Reymunde, MD, with Lehigh Valley Physician Group Pediatrics–Hazleton Shopping Center. However, make sure no food group is left completely out for a long period of time.

Here, Reymunde offers seven tips to handle that picky eater. Read More »