Clinical Trials Provide Hope, Innovation

Suresh Nair, MD

Suresh G. Nair, MD
Hematology oncology
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Nearly three years ago, I cared for a man with stage 4 cancer that had spread to his bones, liver and abdomen. Although he received the best treatments, his cancer progressed, and he began discussing funeral arrangements. He remained hopeful, however, because he agreed to participate in a clinical trial at LVHN.

A clinical trial tests new medications or treatments in patients to ensure they’re safe and effective.

The patient received investigational medication that boosts the immune system, rather than attacking cancer cells like chemotherapy. As months passed, his cancer diminished. Today, he is alive and cancer-free.

When considering participation in a clinical trial, patients and their loved ones have many questions.  Read More »

At ‘Pathways to Santa,’ a Cancer Survivor Meets the Man Whose Kindness Inspired Her Two Years Earlier


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As Deeana Bedics was receiving chemotherapy treatment inside Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Muhlenberg’s Infusion Center during the 2013 holidays, she was handed an envelope. Inside was a gift card from Applebee’s.

“My caregivers told me I received it because of a kind gentleman who ran an event called Pathways to Santa,” says Bedics, 51, of Lehigh Township. “I was told he beat cancer, and this was his way to give back. Right then I decided to do the same.” Read More »

High-Quality Cancer Care Comes to Hazleton With Opening of LVHN Cancer Center–Hazleton


With one snip of a giant scissors to a ceremonial ribbon, people with cancer in Northeast Pennsylvania gained a formidable partner on their road to recovery as the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Cancer Center–Hazleton (384 Airport Beltway) officially opened yesterday.

“Before this building was remodeled, it housed a retail fireworks store which sold products so people could celebrate various occasions with a bang,” says Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton president John Fletcher, who officiated the grand-opening ceremony. “Going forward, we’ll be looking to help people celebrate as well by assisting them with tools and guidance to triumph over cancer.” Read More »

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Join Us on Oct. 1 and See the Brand-New LVHN Cancer Center–Hazleton

CANCER CENTERHere’s your chance to step inside the newest health care facility in the Greater Hazleton area. Join us on Oct. 1 as Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) celebrates the grand opening of the LVHN Cancer Center–Hazleton.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony (followed by a community tour) will take place from 4-6 p.m. at the new facility, located at 384 Airport Beltway in Hazleton, about a half mile from the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton. Read More »

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Special Free Screening of “N.E.D. The Movie” Sept. 23 at LVH–Cedar Crest

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will celebrate Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month in September with a special screening of the award-winning film “N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) The Movie” at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 in Kasych Family Pavilion ECC rooms 6, 7 and 8, located on the campus of Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest. The event is free and open to the public.

“N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) The Movie” is 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.

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