Many Faces of Breast Cancer: Gretchen Gray Helps Start Phone Hotline for Survivors

Gretchen GrayGretchen Gray’s breast cancer diagnosis made her angry. And then it gave her purpose.

“I realized that I am here with God’s guidance to help other people get through their breast cancer treatment,” she says.

She and other breast cancer survivors who met at a support group joined forces to start the Support of Survivors (SOS) telephone hotline, where they answer questions or offer guidance. She also got involved with the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

She tells her story and shares her advice in this week’s installment of the Many Faces of Breast Cancer series. Read about Gray and other breast cancer survivors.

LVHN Cancer Surgeon to Join Special World Cancer Day Screening of ‘N.E.D. The Movie’ Feb. 4 in Quakertown

A Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) cancer surgeon will be on hand to answer audience questions when Regal Cinemas in Quakertown celebrates World Cancer Day on Feb. 4 with a special showing of “N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) The Movie,” a documentary featuring six gynecologic oncologists who have been able to integrate music to fight the war on cancer. They formed a rock band in order to bring awareness to gynecological cancers such as ovarian, uterine and cervical.

LVHN gynecologic oncologist and robotic surgeon Martin Martino, MD, with Gynecologic Oncology Specialists, will appear at the 7:30 p.m. showing at the Regal Richland Crossing Stadium 12, 185 North West End Blvd. (Route 309), Quakertown. It’s one of 44 theaters nationwide taking part in a special screening of the award-winning film.

“These surgeon colleagues and friends have been involved in a national effort to raise awareness for our patients about the signs and symptoms of cancer,” Martino says. “I’ll be there, and I look forward to having a discussion with those attending about what we’re doing every day to try to win this war against cancer.” Read More »

Pancreas and Liver Surgery at LVHN: Meet Jeffrey Brodsky, MD – VIDEO

Jeffrey Brodsky, MD, has been able to reduce the time it takes to perform the Whipple procedure for removing tumors from the gastrointestinal tract by about three hours. It’s just one of the benefits of choosing a surgeon with extensive experience.

Brodsky has performed more than 100 complex pancreatic and liver surgeries in just the last year, which translates to fewer complications and better outcomes for his patients.

“I don’t like cancer. I like taking it out and getting people back to normal health,” he says. Learn more about his expertise in this video.

He sees patients at Lehigh Valley Surgical Oncology.

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Many Faces of Breast Cancer: Mary Fries Joins Clinical Trial After ‘Doomsday’ Diagnosis

Mary Fries“I thought I was free of this whole thing.”

Mary Fries was feeling confident after completing treatment for breast cancer. So after four years in remission, a second diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer “was like doomsday.”

Fries joined the Monaleesa clinical trial for women with advanced breast cancer. Knowing her experience may help to advance treatment for others makes her cancer joruney less stressful, she says.

She also relies on her Lehigh Valley Health Network nurse navigator and a biweekly support group with family and friends. Fries describes her journey and her sources of support in this week’s installment of the “Many Faces of Breast Cancer” series.

“I don’t let cancer stop me from living,” she says.

LVHN Hematologist-Oncologist Authors Study About Improving Multidisciplinary Care for Cancer Patients

Eliot Friedman, MD

Eliot Friedman, MD
Hematology oncology
Watch a video to learn more about him.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN)’s participation in the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) from 2010-2014 resulted in improvements to the multidisciplinary care cancer patients receive, according to a study authored by an LVHN hematologist-oncologist.

Eliot Friedman, MD, with Hematology-Oncology Associates, wrote the study for the Journal of Oncology Practice. It summarizes the results of assessments at 14 NCCCP sites with multidisciplinary clinics for lungbreast and colon-rectal cancer in June 2010, June 2011 and June 2012. The American Society of Clinical Oncology reports on the study in an article that published online last week.

LVHN’s multidisciplinary clinics (MDCs) are teams of physicians and a patient navigator who review your case and meet with you together. At the conference, the team gives you a written opinion that combines all of the experts’ input and recommendations.  Read More »