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5th Annual Community Run for Life

Registration is now open for Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center’s 5th annual 5K Community Run for Life, to be held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark on Sunday, August 12, 2018.

5k Run (B-Tag Chip Timed) or Fun Walk
$20 Pre-registration for adults
$15 Pre-registration for kids 15 and under
$25 Race day registration for all ages

Online registration will close August 10th at 9:00 a.m.

All mailed pre-registration entries must be received by August 7th.

Please make checks payable to: LHUHSCC

Mail entries to:
9485 Mentor Ave., Suite 3
Mentor, OH 44060
Attn: Sandy Holpit – Run for Life

Proceeds go to LH/UH Seidman Cancer Center to help us continue to provide quality care, services and education to our patients and their supporters.

For more information, contact Julie Moran, RN, BSN, MBA at 440-205-5759.

We hope to see you on August 12th!

February 23rd, 2018|

Thank You, Preston Superstore

For the past 5 years, Preston Superstore in Burton has donated $1 from every oil change in October to fight cancer. In January, they donated to Lake Health University Hospital Seidman Cancer Center as well as Seidman Cancer Center facility at UH Geauga Medical Center. Read more here.

Thank you, Preston Superstore, for your support of the great services we offer patients undergoing cancer treatment!

April 22nd, 2016|

Shop at Amazon, Support LHUH Seidman Cancer Center

If you’re planning to make purchases online this holiday season, you can support Lake Health-University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center simply by shopping at When you do, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases back to qualifying charities. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Lake Health-University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center every time you shop, at no cost to you.

November 23rd, 2015|

Mentor Cancer Center Becoming Known for State-of-the-Art Treatment of Head, Neck Cancers

By Janet Podolak

Madison resident Mark McHenry admits he was in denial when he found a lump in his neck beneath his jaw.
“My wife finally made me go to our family doctor, who did an ultrasound but didn’t find anything,” McHenry recalled.
He had experienced itching in the spot where the lump had appeared and figured it eventually would go away on its own.
But it didn’t.
“My wife pressured me to go back, and I was referred to Dr. (Michael D.) Gaugler, who did more tests and ordered a biopsy,” he said.
Gaugler, a Lake Health ear, nose and throat physician with Eastside ENT Specialists, diagnosed throat cancer after the biopsy, ordering a positron emission tomography scan to determine if it had metastasized. That PET scan revealed another tumor on McHenry’s adrenal gland.
“They needed to take care of that first before they could deal with the throat cancer,” McHenry said.
“It turned out to be benign, but they knew they’d be treating my throat cancer afterward,” McHenry said.
So doctors suggested a feeding tube be implanted at the time of his surgery to remove the adrenal gland.
“Once the treatment process got underway, I realized my doctors had everything well under control. And they were very thorough about explaining things every step of the way,” he said.
“My biggest fear at the outset was that I’d have to go into Cleveland several times a week for treatment,” he said. “But I had both my radiation and chemo at Lake Health Seidman Cancer Center in Mentor, and it wasn’t bad at all.”
Radiation oncologist Dr. Fredrick Barton explained that head and neck cancers are especially challenging for doctors because so many [...]

May 1st, 2014|

LH/UH Seidman Cancer Center Gets Accreditation

By News-Herald staff

Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center has received a three-year accreditation in radiation oncology from the American College of Radiology. Experts in the field review equipment, patient care and treatment, qualifications and quality control before the seal of accreditation is awarded. Its presence assures that treatment at the Mentor Cancer Center has met the highest standards of quality and radiation safety.

The honor builds on the center’s receipt in 2011 of national certification from the Quality Onocology Practice Initiative.

“We were the second in the state to attain the QOPI certification,” said Julie Moran, director of Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer. “We were the first to achieve it in Northeast Ohio.”

That certification assures the highest quality standards for cancer care are being met by the Mentor Cancer Center, a joint venture between Lake Health and the Seidman Cancer Centers of University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University. The center is at 9485 Mentor Ave.

News-Herald Staff (2013), Seidman Center Gets Accreditation
The News-Herald Health Notes,

June 13th, 2013|
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    New Low-Cost CT Scan in Lake County for Smokers Can ID Disease Presence Early Enough to Save Lives

New Low-Cost CT Scan in Lake County for Smokers Can ID Disease Presence Early Enough to Save Lives

By Janet Podolak

Thanks to a brand-new program resulting from an unusual partnership, smokers and those who have recently quit smoking can get a quick screening for lung cancer that identifies the cancer so early it often can be put into remission.

Furthermore, the CT scan used for the screening costs just $99, so even those without health insurance coverage can take part.

Dr. Louis Novak, director of radiation oncology at the Lake Health University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Mentor, describes the new program as a joint venture between the Mentor Cancer Center and Lake Health.

“Recent studies have confirmed that early detection is key in saving lives,” he said. “High-risk people are the ones who are eligible for the screening, which means those 55 to 74 years old with no symptoms of lung cancer.”

Additionally, they must be current or former smokers who have quit within the past 15 years. A Patient Page, available at the Mentor Cancer Center, 9485 Mentor Ave., is available with all the details.

“We’re losing money on this screening,” said Dr. David Steiger, head of radiology for Lake Health and the originator of the new effort. “It’s all based on a national lung-screening trial that compared plain chest X-rays with low-dose (CT) scan screenings among high risk patients. It resulted in a 20 percent decrease in deaths from lung cancer among those who got the CT scan. That’s pretty considerable.”

The low radiation scans, which take just a few seconds to complete, are done by referral and appointment at Lake Health’s West Medical Center in Willoughby and its TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township.

A computed tomography (CT) scan is an imaging method that uses X-rays to create pictures of cross-sections of the [...]

June 11th, 2013|

Managing Cancer

by Nina Polien-Light
Photos by Benjamin Margalit/Margalit Studio
Download article in PDF here.

It is news that no one wants to hear.

“While I was participating in a bodybuilding competition, I found a golf ball-sized lump in my right groin,” recalls April Ockington, 44. “I thought it was from lifting heavy weights, but my husband wanted me to get it checked out. Turns out it was cancerous and needed to be removed. I went through 18 sessions of radiation.”

Joseph Rini, 54, has battled two types of cancer. What was originally thought to be a pulled muscle was testicular cancer. Several years later, while the small business owner was set to drive a truck from California back to Ohio, back and shoulder pain led him to believe he was having a gall bladder attack. He was stunned to learn it was lung cancer.

“I was in the hospital’s intensive care unit in an induced coma for 56 days,” he says.

“Then I underwent chemotherapy eight hours a day, five days a week for seven weeks. Some days, I also had eight hours of blood transfusions, so I was putting in 16-hour days.”

David Brussee, 58, suffers from a genetic form of leukemia, a chronic condition requiring ongoing monitoring and periodic rounds of chemotherapy. Five years ago, he also survived laryngeal cancer, an unrelated malignancy requiring radiation treatments.

April, Joseph and David have endured a full spectrum of physical, emotional and spiritual reactions to their illnesses. Today, however, they are all smiles as they discuss how Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center helped—and continues to help—them through a journey they never expected to take.

“In some ways, the medical treatment is the least of it—although that is excellent,” David says. “Everyone here meets [...]

May 16th, 2013|

Patients Losing Hair to Chemotherapy Treatments Need Wigs

By Janet Podolak

Stacey Prine has had a lot to deal with since late November, when she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

She recovered from that, but her doctor still didn’t like what he was hearing in her lungs, so he sent her for a CT scan. A month later, she had a biopsy and was diagnosed with lung cancer.

“I started chemotherapy treatments in January and am now in my fourth week of radiation treatments,” she said.

On some days she gets chemo and radiation, spending half days at Lake University Ireland Cancer Center in Mentor.

In the past few months she’s gotten to know nurse Terri McKenna quite well.

McKenna, an oncology nurse who administers Prine’s treatments, gets to know her patients at a very intense time in their lives. She also collects donated wigs to loan to patients when they lose their hair.

“Terri is just wonderful,” said Prine. “My experience in getting a wig was very traumatic. I’m the only blonde in my family, and now my hair is almost gone.”

McKenna loaned Prine three wigs to take home and try on. All had been washed and styled by students at Brown Aveda Institute, a cosmetology school just down the street.

Prine, who lives in Mentor’s Headlands neighborhood, now is wearing a wig that’s an almost perfect match to her natural color.

“We try to pair patients with the same nurse during their treatment,” said Mary Rode, clinical operations managers at Ireland Cancer Center. “Our nurses are excellent clinicians and can assess even the smallest changes.”

A cancer diagnosis can be very traumatic, Rode said, and the nurse is part of the team. “Patients in treatment lose a lot of control in their lives, and then they lose their hair, which [...]

March 17th, 2011|

Women Helped by this Medical Advance

The battle for a cure for breast cancer is never far from the minds of many. Earlier this summer, we detailed the programs of a monthly breast cancer support group at Lake/University Ireland Cancer Center in Mentor.

We chronicled the efforts of local women such as Katie Warnick, Betty Jo Malchesky and Rhondda Patton, who participated in last month’s Cleveland Breast Cancer 3-Day, and joined with you in applauding their dedication to the cause.

And, this Saturday, thousands will cheer on the hundreds of runners in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Cleveland. Truly exciting news came last week after testing funded in part by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation: Molecular breast imaging detected 10 of 13 tumors in the test; mammograms detected three of 13.

“MBI is a promising technology,” said Carrie Kruska of the Mayo Clinic, which has been working on the procedure for about six years.

And while it is not considered to be a replacement for mammography for women with an average risk, those who are at high risk might have just received life-saving news.

Unknown (2008), Women helped by this medical advance
The News-Herald,

September 9th, 2008|

Ireland Cancer Center Welcomes Two Doctors

By Staff reports

Lake/University Ireland Cancer Center has added two new doctors to its Mentor practice.

Drs. Lois J. Teston and Joel N. Saltzman recently joined the cancer center, a joint effort by Lake Hospital System and University Hospitals of Cleveland.

The center, at Lake Hospitals’ Mentor Medical Campus, 9485 Mentor Ave., Suite 3, is the only National Center Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in northern Ohio.

Teston earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and completed her residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland.

She also finished a clinical fellowship in hematology and oncology at University Hospital.

Before joining Lake/University Ireland Cancer Center, Teston was an associate clinical oncologist with Southwest General Medical Center-Ireland Cancer Center in Middleburg Heights.

Her areas of interest include breast cancer and geriatric oncology.

Saltzman earned his medical degree from the Ohio State University and completed his residency and a clinical fellowship in hematology and oncology from University Hospitals.
His areas of interest include gastrointestinal malignancies and prostate cancer.

The Lake/University Ireland Cancer Center offers chemotherapy services, on-site radiation therapy and access to psychosocial support services.

Staff Reports (2003), Ireland Cancer Center Welcomes Two Doctors
The News-Herald,

September 22nd, 2003|