St. Luke's Cancer Connection Newsletter

Welcome to the St. Luke's Cancer Connection newsletter. Our goal is to help you connect with St. Luke's cancer programs and services and introduce you to some of the caregivers from the St. Luke's Cancer Center team.

The April 2014 edition of St. Luke's Cancer Connection is available. In this issue, read about one woman's courageous journey with head and neck cancer; get important tips on how to get the nutrition you need while undergoing chemotherapy treatments; understand when genetic testing for cancer may be appropriate; mark your calendar for a tremendous shopping opportunity at Boutique at the Rink and support cancer fundraising in your community; and learn about the garden dedication at St. Luke's Anderson Campus. Plus, read contributions from St. Luke's cancer experts Dr. Dennis Giangiulo and Dr. Neil Belman who discuss exciting new treatments in medical oncology and how patients benefit from the coordinated multidisciplinary approach to care at St. Luke's Brain & Spine Tumor Center.

We hope you enjoy the issue. Please feel free to email us with your feedback to

Your friends from the St. Luke's Cancer Center Team

April 2014

UPS Driver Delivers more than just Packages 

Throughout her cancer journey, Peggy Sue O'Donnell delivers strength, courage and a smile.

What Nutrition Can do for you During Chemotherapy 

Sound nutritional advice from St. Luke's registered dietitian Beth Ciliberti.

When to Consider Genetic Testing 

St. Luke's Genetic Counselor Andrea Smith discusses when testing should be considered.

An Exciting Time to be a Medical Oncologist 

Dr. Dennis Giangiulio talks about exciting advances in the treatment of cancer.

Multidisciplinary Effort Improves Patient Care  

St. Luke's Brain & Spine Tumor Center provides coordinated, efficient, appropriate care.

St. Luke's Garden Offers a Respite for Cancer Patients 

The beautiful outdoor escape at St. Luke's Anderson Campus to be dedicated May 18.

2014 Boutique at the Rink Fights Cancer with Style 

Treat yourself to something beautiful at this Chic Boutique and support a great cause!

January 2014

Skydiving is a Way of Life for Nuncio Forte of Effort 

After treatment for pancreatic cancer, Nuncio quickly returned to jumping out of airplanes.

Friendship Formed During Hospital Stay Turns into Love 

Shelbi and Shawn share their stories about how they battled illness and found each other.

Integrated Network Cancer Program Status Achieved 

St. Luke's is one of only two healthcare networks in Pennsylvania to earn this distinction.

Not All Blood Disorders are Cancer 

St. Luke's Cancer Center treats patients with malignant and benign blood disorders.

St. Luke's Melanoma Expert Chairs National Symposium 

Dr. Sanjiv Agarwala chairs premier melanoma program for 11th consecutive year.

Get to Know a Face of Cancer Care: Rose Cabral 

Manager of Oncology Integrated Clinical Trials, Rose Cabral always has been passionate about taking care of others.

Get to Know a Face of Cancer Care: Donna Bydlon 

Director of Oncology and Infusion Support Services, Donna Bydlon has been caring for patients with cancer for the past 25 years.

Hope & Healing Series Classes Complement Cancer Care 

Interactive classes offered by the Cancer Support Community at St. Luke’s Cancer Center-Anderson Campus help alleviate stress and improve sense of well-being.

Special Thanks to Our Cancer Fundraising Champions 

2013 efforts help support the meaningful work of the St. Luke's Cancer Center.

Sept. 2013

St. Luke's Men's Health Events at Lowe's 

Join us at Lowe's in Bethlehem and Lehighton; Register now for screenings!

Theodore Hester Shares His Prostate Cancer Story 

A free PSA screening turned up a diagnosis of prostate cancer for this Nazareth resident

Bob Hoyer's Journey with Prostate Cancer 

St. Luke's Prostate Cancer Support Group helped guide the treatment decision

Get to Know the Faces of Cancer Care 

Robyn Plesniarski, Supervisor of Radiation Oncology, St. Luke's Cancer Center-Allentown

Celebrate Life Fund Grants Special Wishes 

St. Luke's cancer patient is first recipient of award, granting a trip to NYC with family

October 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Events 

Join the discussion with our experts and discover the newest advances in breast cancer

Decoding Annie Parker 

Join us for an Exclusive Movie Event

May 2013

Increasing Awareness of Ovarian Cancer 

Luz Brandon shares her story to shed light on a disease that often goes undetected.

Get to Know the Faces of Cancer Care 

Meet Jenna Freudig, MSPAS, PA-C of St. Luke's Cancer Care Associates - GYN Oncology

Ringing the Bell Signals End of Treatment Journey 

A joyful sound is heard as patients complete their course of radiation therapy

Understanding Endometrial Cancer 

Insights by Nicholas Taylor, MD, FACOG, Section Chief, Gynecologic Oncology, St. Luke's University Health Network

Jacki Dixon Shares Her Breast Cancer Journey 

Now five years later, Jacki tells her story and choice to undergo mastectomy

Philanthropy Contributes to New Cancer Technology 

Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT): An option for early-stage breast cancers


Picnic Palooza Event Held for Cancer Survivors 

7th Annual St. Luke's Cancer Survivors Day Draws Crowd to Blue Mountain Ski Resort


Feb. 2013

Breast Cancer Journey Began With Annual Mammogram

A note of thanks from breast cancer survivor Joanne Kelly of Bethlehem.

Advanced IORT for Early Breast Cancers

INTRABEAM® IORT technology offered at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus will spare some women with early stage breast cancer weeks of radiation therapy.

St. Luke's Breast Nurse Navigators

Meet Debra Claycomb, RN, CBPN-IC and Susan Folk, RN, BSN, OCN, CBPN-IC.

Welcome to the Hope and Healing Series

Programs designed to enrich the lives of those affected by cancer.

Jessica's Hope & Healing Room Dedication

A special place designed for comfort and to instill hope and inspiration.

Special Event Proceeds Support Patients With Cancer

The Brick Tavern Inn's "Dining on Tuesdays" Supports St. Luke's Regional Breast Center.

ADAPT Kidney Cancer Trial Available at St. Luke's

St. Luke’s Cancer Center accrues first patient globally for Phase 3 fully personalized cancer immunotherapy study for advanced kidney cancer.


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