Healing Power of Music Complements Oncologist’s Work

Richard Boulay and Julie Bolton

Gynecologic oncologist Richard Boulay, MD, supported his wife, Julie Bolton, through her leukemia journey. Read his tips for helping a loved one through cancer, and watch a video to learn more about him.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) gynecologic oncologist Richard Boulay, MD, knows healing from cancer involves more than the clinical treatments he provides in a doctor’s office or hospital.

That’s why he also uses his classically trained singing voice to help patients and their families. He has produced three albums to support them through their cancer journey.

“The combination of a beautiful melody and powerful lyric taps deeply inside me to a healing place,” he told The Morning Call for a blog post that published last week.

Boulay, who sees patients at Gynecologic Oncology Specialists, will perform songs from his albums April 4 at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall. All proceeds from the $25 tickets will benefit cancer charities.

Read more about Boulay’s perspective on the healing power of music.


Rohit Sharma, MD, Feels Bond With Cancer Patients – VIDEO

Rohit Sharma, MD, chose to become a surgical oncologist after his mother died of pancreatic cancer.

“I can feel the bond when (my patients) are suffering from cancer, because I have personally gone through the feeling of being a next of kin,” he says.

Sharma, who is board-certified in general surgery, sees patients at Lehigh Valley Surgical Oncology.

Get to know him with this video.

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Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton Offering Free Colon-Rectal Cancer Screening Kits

Colon-Rectal Cancer Screening KitEach year, 150,000 people nationwide are diagnosed with colon-rectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from the disease in a year. But thanks to screening, treatments and increased awareness of the disease, there now are more colon-rectal cancer survivors than ever before. Still, colon-rectal cancer remains the third leading cause of cancer death.

To help spread the word about colon cancer, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton is offering free Hemoccult cancer screening kits throughout Colon-rectal Cancer Awareness Month in March. The test screens for the presence of blood in the stool.

Colon-rectal cancer, if identified early, is highly curable. There often are no warning signs. However, symptoms that may signal colon-rectal cancer include: Read More »

Get the Facts about HPV

HPV vaccine Healthy You TipThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all boys and girls ages 11 or 12 receive a preventive vaccine for HPV, a sexually transmitted infection that can lead to genital warts, cervical cancer and other cancers. Catch-up vaccines are recommended up to age 26 for people not vaccinated earlier. Yet less than one third of eligible U.S. women and only one tenth of eligible men have been vaccinated. Why the reluctance?

Misconception plays a role, says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) gynecologist Susan Haas, MD, PhD, with Bethlehem Gynecology Associates. “Some parents fear the vaccine implies consent for their children to engage in sexual activity,” Haas says. “The truth is those fears are unwarranted. Research shows no difference in sexual activity between those who are and are not vaccinated.” Read More »

Gynecologic Oncologist Richard Boulay, MD, Describes Cancer Prognosis Considerations

Richard Boulay, MD

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

“How long do I have, Doc?”

It’s a question your doctor considers carefully, because there’s a lot riding on the answer.

It’s too important to guess, and yet your prognosis is based on a series of assumptions. Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) gynecologic oncologist Richard Boulay, MD, with Gynecology Oncology Specialists in Allentown, explains why the crystal ball is so cloudy in a blog post that published earlier this month on KevinMD.com. Read More »