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Why Choose Us

Choosing a cancer center could be the most important decision of your life. At the John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa., and the Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg in Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley Health Network offers a level of care you won't find anywhere else in the region. As the area's only National Cancer Institute-selected cancer center (2010-2014), we can provide you with greater access to the latest oncology clinical trials and research-based treatments. We also partner with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., and the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, which further increases access to breakthrough clinical research. All of this, along with our dedicated cancer specialists, means hope and options for cancer patients and their families. 

When it comes to brain cancer, this is what sets us apart:

Our specialists

The neuro-oncology program at Lehigh Valley Health Network offers a multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation and treatment of brain and spinal tumors. Our team is dedicated to improving both survival and quality of life for people who are diagnosed with central nervous system cancers.

Comprehensive treatment options include:

  • Surgical tumor resection/biopsy utilizing computerized navigation systems
  • Skull base surgery
  • Intraoperative motor mapping
  • Awake craniotomy with speech mapping
  • Gamma Knife® radiosurgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Coping support for brain tumor patients and their families

We specialize in treating:

  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Astrocytomas
  • Colloid cysts
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Ependymoma
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Gliosarcoma
  • Glioblastoma multiforme
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Metastatic brain tumors
  • Nerve sheath tumors
  • Neurofibroma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Pineal region tumors
  • Primary central nervous system lymphoma
  • Schwannoma
  • Spinal metastatic tumors
  • Vestibular schwannomas

Your diagnosis and treatment plan is reviewed by a team of medical specialists that includes physicians from neurosurgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, neuroradiology and neuropathology. Comprehensive pain management, physical medicine and neuropsychological services also are available.

Our hematology oncology practice, LVPG Hematology Oncology, is certified by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as a Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) practice – a measure of excellence for cancer care. Only 98 such practices are certified nationally, and LVPG Hematology Oncology is the only certified practice in the region.

Innovative services

  • We are the first in the area to offer the faster, more precise Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ for brain and spine tumors. Our treatment teams – a neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist and medical physicist – have offered Gamma Knife surgery since 2004.
  • We use PET-CT precise diagnostic testing for more accurate treatment. This technology provides critical information after a single, quick exam to help your physician diagnose cancer, determine an effective treatment plan and monitor its success.
  • Our 64-slice CT scanner provides unparalleled three-dimensional images of your body.
  • Our department of radiation oncology consists of  highly skilled staff performing consultation, CT simulation and treatment planning, external beam radiation treatment including 3D conformal and IMRT (intensity- modulated radiation therapy), enhanced treatment planning (field in field and enhanced dynamic wedge), IGRT (image-guided radiation therapy), CBCT (cone beam CT), Rapid Arc, respiratory gating, stereotactic radiosurgery, brachytherapy (low-dose, high-dose rate, removable as well as permanent implants including prostate seed implants), Gamma Knife, Sir Sphere, Bexxar, Mammosite, SBRT (stereotactic body radiotherapy), pediatrics, on-treatment evaluation and follow-up visits.
  • We use advanced linear accelerators such as Varian Trilogy and True Beam to provide radiation therapy. Our linear accelerators target radiation in a highly focused beam, destroying cancer cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue.

Awards

Support throughout your journey

We have a caring support team that includes financial counselors, social workers and others who will be present for you throughout your cancer journey.

Our quality statistics

Number of Cancer Cases at Regional Cancer Centers* for 2010
 
Lehigh Valley Health Network
St. Luke's Health Network
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Fox Chase Cancer Center Philadelphia
Reading Medical Center
Cooper University Hospital
Breast
381
364
471
453
281
295
Lung**
386
225
294
289
172
151
Colorectal**
261
143
194
146
180
125
Prostate
214
217
293
392
177
61
Lymphoma**
160
67
140
116
57
59
Melanoma of the skin
118
91
128
164
75
22
Leukemia
74
30
91
19
15
33
Brain
83
18
138
11
32
25
Gynecologic**
289
92
108
203
115
255
Bladder**
148
96
96
115
76
20
Total caseload
2,889
1,878
3,380
2,755
1,554
1,376

(Lehigh Valley Health Network includes all network sites.)

*The number of cancers diagnosed and/or treated initially by the reporting institution in the 2010 FIPS (Facility Information Profile System) of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer

**Lehigh Valley Health Network treated the most cases.

We have experience in your kind of cancer.
We are the largest cancer program in the area*. We cared for nearly 3,000 new patients last year. We have experience with virtually every kind of cancer like yours. And we have the resources to develop specialty programs to combat cancers. We also attract doctors who are leaders in their fields, bringing us even more experience.

We offer Multidisciplinary Consultation (MDC) services for breast and lung cancers.

  • Women with newly diagnosed breast cancer are seen within one week of diagnosis in the Breast Multi-disciplinary Consultation service by a team of breast cancer specialists that includes a dedicated breast surgeon, breast pathologist and breast radiologist, as well as medical and radiation oncologists experienced in the treatment of breast cancer.
  • New lung cancers are seen in the Thoracic Multidisciplinary Consultation service by a team of lung cancer specialists that include a pulmonary endoscopist, lung cancer surgeon, medical and radiation oncologists.
  • All patients seen in the Multidisciplinary Consultation service are assigned a patient navigator who will facilitate making appointments, gathering records, answering questions from the patient and family, and help explain the treatment plan recommended by the team.

*2009 Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council.

Patient satisfaction
Likelihood of recommending our outpatient cancer program
83rd percentile

*Press Ganey January – March 2014. Press Ganey is an industry leader in health care performance improvement and works with more than 10,000 health care organizations nationwide, including 50 percent of all U.S. hospitals. The 83rd percentile means that Lehigh Valley Hospital is in the top 17 percent of cancer programs scored.

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