Check In: What’s Your Risk for Colon-Rectal Cancer?

Check Your Colon-Rectal Risk

Usman Shah, MD

Usman Shah, MD
Hematology oncology
Watch a video to learn more about him.

What do these people have in common?

  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Sharon Osbourne, television personality and wife of heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne
  • Cartoonist Charles Schultz, creator of “Charlie Brown”

Each was diagnosed with colon-rectal cancer. Ginsberg and Osbourne survived their disease. Schultz did not.

“Over the years, colon-rectal cancer has had occasions when it is a ‘talked about’ topic, thanks to well-known people revealing and sharing their illness,” says Usman Shah, MD, hematologist-oncologist with LVPG Hematology Oncology–1240 Cedar Crest. “But it is still a condition people feel awkward discussing or being screened for, and that’s where I say, ‘Let’s talk about this,’ because the disease is worse than momentary embarrassment.” Read More »

Supporting Cancer Patients with Ribbons of Hope, Love and Courage

cancer ribbonWas it your mother? Maybe it was it your father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin or friend? The sad truth is that every one of us is likely to be affected by cancer in one way or another. You may not ever get the disease yourself, but chances are you’ll know someone who will.

So let’s all celebrate the cancer survivors, the caregivers, the family and friends who have ever been touched by cancer. Do your part for Lehigh Valley Health Network’s special Cancer Ribbon Wall.

Join us in celebrating those that have faced cancer and won. Join us as we fondly remember the ones who lost. Join us as we celebrate our family members who helped us on our own cancer journeys, and the friends who stayed by our side throughout. Read More »

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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 »

Meet LVHN Providers by Watching Their Videos; 21 Just Added

Lehigh Valley Physician Group landing page

There’s a new way to watch the videos about our Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) providers – and there are 21 new videos to check out too.

Now you can meet our providers by visiting the Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) section of our website, where their videos are easy to sort by specialty. In the screen capture above, orthopedic surgeons’ videos are displayed in the black box. The videos also are part of each provider’s Find a Doctor profile page, where you also can learn about office location, education, training, clinical trials, personal interests and more.

The short videos share the providers’ personality, passion and expertise. Among the 160 videos available here, 21 are new this week. They’re listed below, with links to their Find a Doctor profiles. Read More »

Concert by LVHN Physician Rick Boulay, MD, Will Support Cancer Charities

Richard Boulay, MD

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

As both an oncologist and a caregiver to family members with cancer, Rick Boulay MD, finds solace in music. “The combination of a beautiful melody and powerful lyrics taps deeply inside me to a healing place,” says Boulay, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s chief of gynecologic oncology and a classically trained singer.

You will have an opportunity to experience the power of music when Boulay performs “This is the Moment: Songs and Lessons of Cancer Survivorship.” This interactive program, geared toward cancer survivors and their caregivers, explores lessons of cancer survivorship including courage, hopefulness, vulnerability, fear and spirituality through stories and songs in the style of Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Read More »