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Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton: Year in Review

The Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton has had an amazing year and we would like to thank our staff and physician team for their hard work, the community for their support, and most importantly, our patients for trusting us to take care of them. 

The past year has been a busy one and we were delighted to be able to participate in so many wonderful community events.  

Our year started off in February with our team participating in the 37th annual American Cancer Society Telethon hosted by the Greater Hazleton Chapter of the American Cancer Society.  The telethon, which was broadcast live on television, was a huge success and raised $68,675.84.   

We hosted our first Community Cancer Series presentation of the year in March.  These free educational events are held at our center 3 – 4 times per year and are based on relevant healthcare topics designed to help the community.  For the March event, we covered gastrointestinal cancers in recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton radiation oncologist Steve Karp, M.D., and gastroenterologist Edward Polashenski, D.O., presented and answered questions from attendees. 

In May, we supported the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer.  The event unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all.  We also hosted another Community Cancer Series event on women’s health for National Women’s Health Month and had a five physician panel, including Drs. Jose Castillo, Michael Evans, Jill Snyder, Rachelle Lanciano and Steve Karp, who addressed questions from the community.  

We teamed back up with our local chapter of the American Cancer Society again in June to have a Cancer Survivor’s Picnic, honoring the cancer survivors in our community.  Many former patients and survivors got to mix and mingle and meet Dr. Edward Choi, one of the original owners of the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton.  The picnic was a lot of fun and enjoyed by over 200 people! 

In September, we hosted our third Community Cancer Series event on prostate cancer in honor of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  One was held at noon and a light lunch was served, the other at 5:00 p.m. and a light dinner was served.  Seminars on what you need to know about prostate cancer, including screening and treatment options, were presented by urologists Daniel Son, M.D. and Arvind Srinivasan, M.D., and radiation oncologist Steve Karp, M.D.  

Also, throughout the year, the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton hosted the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better® classes.  Look Good Feel Better is a free program designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. 

As the year comes to a close, we would like to thank everyone for another successful year.  We are proud of the work we do and truly enjoy serving our patients in the Hazelton community and surrounding areas.  From everyone at the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!