Get to Know 13 More Lehigh Valley Physician Group Providers – VIDEO

Kate Agresti on Find a Doctor video shoot setYour search for the right health care provider is getting easier. We now have profile videos in Find a Doctor introducing you to 112 Lehigh Valley Physician Group doctors and advanced practice clinicians.

Below, find links to 13 new videos we’ve just published across 10 specialties. See the complete list of available videos here. Read More »

Brian Patson, MD, Caters Cancer Care, Support for Each Individual

Brian Patson, MD, helps his patients with cancer get more than medical care. He also ensures they and their families have the support they need throughout their journey.

“I don’t have a standard approach to addressing their needs. Everyone comes with their own issues, concerns, fears about their life and their disease,” he says. “Everyone needs to be addressed as an individual, and I like to offer that to them.”

He is a board-certified hematologist-oncologist with Lehigh Valley Health Network who sees patients at Hematology-Oncology Associates in Allentown.

Get to know him with this video.

Category: Voices of Passion

Melanoma Event Celebrates Local People’s Survival and Promotes Access to Clinical Trials

Melanoma survivors, from left to right, Richard Dey, Richard Wall and Rebecca Schlegel speak during a celebration today at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

Melanoma survivors, from left to right, Richard Dey, Richard Wall and Rebecca Schlegel speak during a celebration today at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

An energized group of melanoma patients, their families, friends and clinical staff from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) celebrated survivorship this morning during a special event inside Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest’s Kasych Family Pavilion.

“We’re here to talk about exciting new treatments that harness the power of the immune system to fight melanoma throughout the body,” Ron Swinfard, MD, LVHN president and chief executive officer, said while introducing three cancer survivors to an audience of about 100 people. “The three people beside us have achieved survivorship, marking more than a year out from treatment for advanced melanoma.”

The patients – Richard Dey from Washington Crossing, Rebecca Schlegel from Easton and Richard Wall from Kutztown – came from different corners of the region for care with one thing in common – advanced melanoma that had spread to other parts of their bodies.

A mole on the back of Wall’s shoulder led to his diagnosis. “I didn’t really know what I was up against,” he says. But Wall was one of the first four patients at LVHN who were enrolled in a limited-access clinical trial using an experimental protocol with Nivolumab and Ipilimumab, two immunotherapy agents. Read More »

Open Wide. Don’t Insert Cigarette.

Smoking is leading cause of oral cancerYou know you want to stop smoking. You’ve tried to stop. But you haven’t yet found the right motivation. Well, if you’re waiting for one more good reason, here’s it is: smoking is the leading cause of all oral cancers.

“The majority of people with oral cancer have used tobacco, alcohol or both,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) hematologist-oncologist Brian Patson, MD, with Hematology-Oncology Associates. According to the National Cancer Institute, in terms of smoking, your risk for developing oral cancer increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day. Also, products such as cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco contribute to increased risk. Read More »

LVHN Hosting Free Skin Cancer Screening Nights

Rohit Sharma, MD

Rohit Sharma, MD
Surgical oncology
Watch a video to learn more about him.

If you (or maybe your parents) grew up sun tanning, sun burning or using tanning beds, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) free skin cancer screening event might just be what the doctor ordered.

“We know that ultraviolet light (UV) exposure damages skin cells,” says surgical oncologist Rohit Sharma, MD, with Lehigh Valley Surgical Oncology. “And nearly everyone who grew up in the 1980s or earlier used little to no protection from UV radiation when they were out in the sun. Today, those people are part of a huge population developing skin cancer.”

Skin cancer is the leading cause of cancer among all types in the United States. This year, more than 2 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma. Read More »