Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute Rates Among the Nation’s Best


Becker’s Healthcare recognizes Cancer Institute as one of the 100 hospitals and health systems with great oncology programs

Lehigh Valley, Pa. (November 20, 2023) – Becker’s Healthcare is recognizing Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute among the 100 hospitals and health systems with great oncology programs to know for 2023.

Cancer programs that received this recognition earned designations from the National Cancer Institute, provide access to numerous clinical trials and have exceptional safety ratings. The list also features cancer centers with internationally known specialists.
“This recognition makes me incredibly proud, because our clinicians work tirelessly to provide exceptional care,” says Suresh Nair, MD, Physician in Chief, Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute. “This award shows our community and the country that excellent, leading-edge cancer care is available at Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute.”

Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute’s mission
Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute’s mission is to ease our community’s cancer burden through prevention, early detection, and providing comprehensive diagnostic and consultative treatment. We support this mission by educating health care professionals and the people who live in our community about advances in cancer care.

Groundbreaking treatment options
Because of our commitment to providing leading-edge care, Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute can offer treatments few other hospitals and health systems in the country offer. In early 2024, the Cancer Institute will begin offering groundbreaking cellular therapies and stem cell treatments, and because of our partnerships, we currently offer patients who qualify access to more than 150 clinical trials.

Specialists use innovative surgical systems like Gamma Knife® Icon™ to treat difficult-to-reach tumors of the brain and head. This ultra-precise tool limits radiation dosage to healthy tissue and is designed to be a safer and more precise option for treating cancerous and noncancerous conditions of the brain. Gamma Knife® Icon™ also limits complications and side effects because there are no incisions.

Member of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance
Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute is one of only three cancer centers in the country participating in the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, which provides patients with additional lifesaving treatments and clinical trials in their own communities.

Breast Health Services
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Breast Health Services is an American College of Radiology Accredited Center of Excellence. This quality certification is a testament to the quality and experience of our board-certified radiologists. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute provides convenient access to breast cancer screenings with 17 locations and the only mobile mammography coach in the region. This service brings breast screenings to women across the region in a state-of-the-art motor coach equipped with leading-edge imaging technology. Screenings performed on the coach are read by Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute physicians.

Leading-edge care in a new location
The Cancer Institute’s newest location, Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton, opened in August 2023. This new location provides access to specialists, groundbreaking treatments and world-class cancer care close to home for patients in the Hazleton and surrounding regions.

Infusion services
Specially trained nurses and pharmacists provide patients with a safe experience when they receive chemotherapy, infusion therapy, targeted therapy and antibiotics. Infusion centers also provide blood transfusion services and can administer other medications requiring infusion or injections. Between 2020 and 2022, there were more than 143,000 visits to infusion centers across LVHN.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) includes 13 hospital campuses, four in Allentown, two in Bethlehem, one in Easton, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton, two in Pottsville, one in Dickson City, and one in Lehighton, Pa.; 28 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children; burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center; and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer InstituteLehigh Valley Heart and Vascular InstituteLehigh Valley Institute for Surgical ExcellenceLehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute and Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance (MSK Cancer Alliance), an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the third busiest children’s hospital in Pennsylvania, offers the most comprehensive care for children in our community from primary care to pediatric specialties. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is ranked as the region’s No. 1 hospital for 10 straight years and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top 10 hospitals for 10 consecutive years and nationally ranked for Orthopedics in 2023 by U.S. News & World Report. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the Lehigh Valley’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

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Brian Downs
Public Information Officer
Marketing and Public Affairs
Lehigh Valley Health Network