‘Normalizing’ Life for a Child With Cancer: Our Expert Discusses Ways to Help

Philip Monteleone, MD

Philip Monteleone, MD
Pediatric hematology oncology
Watch a video to learn more about him.

Our expert: Pediatric hematologist oncologist Philip Monteleone, MD, with Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital 

Q: How can I best help my child if I learn he or she has cancer?
A: Learning your child has cancer will make you feel like your world has turned upside-down. Once you process those natural feelings, it’s important to get your family on the same page. It will be helpful as you learn about your child’s medication needs, nutritional requirements and overall treatment plan to ask questions to make sure you understand. In our practice, we have a team of doctors, nurses and social workers who will work with the family before the child goes home. Be sure to use these people as resources.

Q: After a diagnosis, how do I make my child’s life as “normal” as possible?
A: Dealing with cancer is stressful. Yet keeping life as normal as possible for your child – and the entire family – is vital. Studies show that if parents treat the child with cancer the same way they’ve  always treated all their children, the child will be emotionally stronger approaching the disease, and it will create a better recovery. Your child will pick up on the concern if you as parents act differently. Acting normally reassures your child he or she is still a regular kid. Read More »

First-Time Grandparents, Get Pointers About Caring for Grandchildren During Workshop

grandparent feeding babyBabies haven’t changed much over the years, but raising children today is very different from generations ago.

There are new guidelines, laws and approaches about sleeping, cribs, car seats, feeding and discipline, to name a few.

If your first grandchild is on the way, we can help you prepare for your journey as a grandparent in this new world. Soon-to-be parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend a two-hour workshop next week that will help you make caring for your grandkids safe, fulfulling and memorable.

The workshop is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center, 1240 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., in conference room A.

The cost is $10 per couple. To register, call 610-402-CARE.

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Breast Cancer Awareness, Events for Children Set for Saturday at Lehigh Valley Mall

Kidsville News Fun Festival 2014If you’re planning to start your holiday shopping ritual at the Lehigh Valley Mall, this Saturday, Oct. 18, might be an ideal time to do so. The popular shopping destination will host a pair of health-related promotions, both courtesy of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN).

The first event Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. is all about children. Representatives from Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Kidsville News – a fun, family-focused newspaper for school-aged children – will provide free activities and entertainment for kids of all ages. Read More »

Pediatrician Alvaro Reymunde, MD, Explains Febrile Seizures on Sam Lesante Show

If your child has a fever and has a seizure, do you know what to do — and what not to do? During a recent interview on the Sam Lesante Show, Lehigh Valley Health Network pediatrician Alvaro Reymunde, MD, discussed the symptoms of febrile seizures and how to react when your child has one.

Reymunde is new to the health network. He, his wife and his twin boys recently moved to Hazleton from Puerto Rico, where he was born and raised. Reymunde, whose father is a gastroenterologist, earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State University and went to medical school in Mexico. He completed his training in New York and in Puerto Rico.

Reymunde is looking forward to offering pediatric health care services for Spanish-speaking families in the Hazleton area.

His interview will be airing on the Sam Lesante Show on channel 13 throughout October — or watch it online anytime.

Actor Dan Lauria of ‘The Wonder Years’ Fame Visits Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital

Dan Lauria reads to children

The children didn’t recognize him, but their parents did.

Actor Dan Lauria, perhaps best known as a star of the long-running ABC Sitcom “The Wonder Years (1988-93),” read from his new book “The Blue Hair Club: And Other Stories,” to patients in Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

The book is a compilation of three fun stories, including one about a boy with blue hair. While Lauria is best known for his portrayal of Jack Arnold, father of Kevin Arnold (played by actor Fred Savage) on “The Wonder Years,” other credits include the title role of “Lombardi” on Broadway in 2010, a role in the stage version of “A Christmas Story,” “One Life to Live,” “Independence Day,” “Stakeout,” “Party of Five” and the current TBS sitcom “Sullivan & Son.”

See a photo gallery capturing Lauria’s visit on lehighvalleylive.com.

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