Have Balance in Diet and Exercise

Find balance like The Karate KidIn the iconic 1984 movie “The Karate Kid,” Mr. Miyagi preaches about the importance of balance. “Lesson not just karate only; lesson for whole life,” Mr. Miyagi says. “Whole life have balance; everything be better.”

The balance lesson also applies when it comes to diet and exercise. Here’s a tip on achieving balance from Lehigh Valley Health Network surgical oncologist Jeffrey Brodsky, MD, with Lehigh Valley Surgical Oncology.

“On weekdays, go for a walk every day and eat healthy foods,” he says. “On weekends, use your extra free time to do a more rigorous workout, and then treat yourself at mealtime.” Balance such as this can help you manage your weight, feel healthier and live happier. Read More »

Maged Khalil, MD: Personal Experience Inspires Caring Approach to Cancer Care – VIDEO

Maged Khalil, MD, was inspired to become a doctor by the physicians who supported his family medically and emotionally when his sister died of complications of surgery.

Now, as a hematologist oncologist with Lehigh Valley Health Network, he treats his patients as partners. “Through the process I try to educate and coach the patient and be more of a friend, not just a scientist,” he says.

Khalil sees patients at Hematology-Oncology Associates. He is board-certified in medical oncology and internal medicine.

Get to know him with this video.

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Is Genetic Testing Right for You?

Look for family cancer cluesThe genes you inherited from your parents account for many obvious physical characteristics, like your eye color or height, and hidden ones such as those that determine your blood type or make you susceptible to develop asthma. Sometimes those genes also include unique mutations that put you at risk for diseases like cancer.

But hematologist oncologist, Ranju Gupta, MD, with Hematology Oncology Associates in Bethlehem and the Health Center at Bangor, says while all cancers are caused by genetic mutations, not all of those mutations are passed on through the genes. “A very small percentage of patients inherit risk, but a majority of cancers have no known link from generation to generation,” Gupta says.

However, genetic testing can be an important tool to consider under certain circumstances. “The first step is to look at your family medical history. If you can name several people in your family who have had any type of cancer, you should talk with your doctor about genetic testing,” Gupta says. “For example, if your mother had breast cancer, your grandfather had prostate cancer and your cousin had pancreatic cancer, those multiple cancers among blood relatives may mean you have an elevated chance for developing cancer too.” Read More »

Take Steps to End GYN Cancers; LVHN Expert Discusses 5 Common Risk Factors and Warnings

Richard Boulay, MD

Richard Boulay, MD
Gynecologic oncology
Watch a video to learn more about him.

How many steps do you think 50 Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) cancer program colleagues members can take in one week?

A. 800 thousand
B. 1.2 million
C. 3.1 million
D. 5.4 million

If you picked “C,” you’re right! Over the course of one week (Sept. 7-13,) our cancer colleagues logged more than 3.1 million steps as participants in the STEPtember Challenge promoted by Globe-athon, an organization dedicated to increase general awareness of gynecologic cancers and the steps women can take to prevent them.

The STEPtember Challenge focused on having people take 10,000 steps a day, equivalent to approximately 5 miles, in an effort to help manage weight. It’s a proactive focus that rings true with LVHN gynecologic surgeon Richard Boulay, MD with Gynecologic Oncology Specialists of Allentown.

“Obesity is a risk factor for many types of cancer, including gynecologic cancers,” Boulay says. “And for uterine (endometrial) cancer – the most common type of gynecologic cancer – obesity is a recognized risk factor.”

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Tara Morrison, MD: You Will Never Feel Rushed

As a specialist who treats brain tumors and brain cancer, Tara Morrison, MD, goes through very tough times with her patients, so it’s important to her that they’re comfortable together.

“(Patients) can talk to me about anything. They can ask me anything. No question is silly. Every question deserves a good answer,” she says. “I will take as long as they need on any given day. They will never feel rushed.”

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

Get to know her with this video.