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 »

Many Faces of Breast Cancer: Staying Active Helps Margaret Boyle, 88, Keep Cancer Away

Margaret BoyleWhen Margaret Boyle was diagnosed with breast cancer at 88 years old, she didn’t panic. She kept her positive attitude and trusted in her doctors and the new technology and medicine available today.

She also stayed active. Even in her late 80s, you might see her with her binder of exercises at LVHN Fitness in the Health & Wellness Center at Muhlenberg.

“Not everyone my age appreciates that you can have cancer and still live,” she says. “I would say enjoy the day you have, even with cancer. With the treatment you can get today, there could be many more days ahead.”

She credits preventive medicine – getting her annual mammogram – and exercising regularly for helping her stay healthy and recover quickly.

“I was happy with how it all turned out. I have to look in the mirror to see where the surgery was done – it’s just a little line that I hardly notice.”

She shares her story in this eighth and final installment of the weekly winter 2015 series of Many Faces of Breast Cancer. Read 14 first-hand accounts from survivors of breast cancers.

Many Faces of Breast Cancer: Rania Hanna Says, ‘My Kids Gave Me Power’

Rania HannaRania Hanna lost consciousness when she met with her surgical oncologist after learning she had breast cancer. Heiwon Chung, MD, told her she’d be OK and gave her hope, but still Hanna sometimes felt very weak and very sad during her journey.

Family and friends, her nurse navigator and her social worker supported her in many ways. They helped her access a Pink Ribbon Fund grant to cover non-medical bills, pitched in with caring for her children and told her she was still beautiful even without her long, thick hair.

But it was the 37-year-old Allentown woman’s children who really kept her going. “My kids gave me power because I couldn’t imagine them growing up without their mom,” says Hanna, who lost her own mother when she was 15.

She completed treatment in August and says the experience made her stronger and changed her priorities. She shares her story in this week’s installment of the Many Faces of Breast Cancer series.