New cancer specialists
Sharon Regional Health System has added four new cancer specialists to its Cancer Care Center, 2320 Highland Road, Hermitage, Pa., staff: Drs. Mukhtar Hassan, Antonios Christou, Shifeng Mao and Jane Raymond.
Doctor Hassan has joined medical oncologist Dr. Cynthia Sile at Sharon Regional on a full-time basis and will be supported by Drs. Christou, Mao and Raymond, who are affiliated with the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh.
They specialize in chemotherapy administration, blood administration, biological response modifiers, intravenous infusions, injections and also participate in national clinical trials. For information about the Cancer Care Center, call 724-983-5900.
Community leaders join board of directors
Karen Winner Sed and the Rev. Larry Haynes, two local community leaders with years of community involvement, recently joined Sharon Regional Health System’s board of directors.
Winner Sed is chief executive officer of the Winner Companies, and the Rev. Mr. Haynes is executive director of the Community Foundation of Western PA and Eastern OH and senior pastor of Grace Chapel Community Church, Hermitage, Pa.
Dr. John Gallagher, an obstetrician and gynecologist, also joined the SRHS board via his recent election as president of the Sharon Regional Medical Staff.
Hot line launched
Alliance Community Hospital and Alliance Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine recently launched the “Bumps and Bruises” injury hot line, which offers middle- and high-school athletes injured during a Friday night or weekend game or activity the ability to secure an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon and sports therapy specialist right away, allowing them to get back in the game sooner.
If the injury requires immediate care, the injured party will be directed to the emergency room, while athletes with non-emergency injuries will be scheduled an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon Monday morning.
Parents or coaches may call about their athletes on Friday nights or during weekends at 330-596-7999. The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Team, including certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and physician assistants, will answer the calls. For information about the “Bumps and Bruises” injury hot line, call Eric O’Brien at 330-823-8839.
The Cleveland Clinic is offering select cancer patients the opportunity to have their tumors analyzed for genetic mutations that could influence their treatments as part of a program studying the feasibility and clinical impact of next-generation genomic sequencing.
For the next year, cancer patients with one of 15 specific solid tumors with historically poor prognosis or limited treatment options may be chosen to participate in a study in which their tissue samples are sent for targeted genetic sequencing to a molecular information company specializing in comprehensive genomic analysis of tumors.
An independent team of the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute oncologists will review the results and recommend a personalized treatment plan, which could include chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapies and/or participation in a clinical trial that may benefit the patient. “Personalized medicine is changing the way we treat cancer,” said Dr. Davendra Sohal, staff physician in the department of Solid Tumor Oncology at Taussig Cancer Institute and principal investigator.
For information, call the Cancer Answer Line at 866-223-8100, or visit clevelandclinic.org/cancer.