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Monongahela Valley Hospital hosts free talk on the latest cancer treatments

(June 8, 2012 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital's Director of Radiation Oncology will explain the latest Innovations in treating cancer on Wednesday, June 13, at the hospital's Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center.

Mohsen A. Isaac, M.D., will repeat his program on Monday, July 2, at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX in Rostraver. Both events are free, begin at 6 p.m. and include free parking and light refreshments.

A radiation oncologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer by radiation.

"If someone is diagnosed with cancer, we don't really rely on one treatment, we usually use a combination of treatments to give the patient the best chance of a cure," said Dr. Isaac.

He will discuss Monongahela Valley Hospital's recently installed linear accelerator and its high dose radiation brachytherapy unit. These new additions to the Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center at MVH provide patients access to the best technology available in the fight against cancer.

Dr. Isaac, who is also a clinical assistant professor at Temple University School of Medicine, has managed the hospital's Radiation Oncology Department since 2006. In 2002, Dr. Isaac completed four years of residency training in radiation oncology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.

He served as Chief Resident while in Syracuse, and published a chapter in a textbook on radiotherapy. He earned the Compassionate Physician of the Year designation from Central New York Hospice.

Dr. Isaac, a resident of Gibsonia, also graduated with honors from Cairo University School of Medicine in 1993. He then completed his internship at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Isaac's experience includes high dose rate brachytherapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery.

The Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center was the first of its kind in Washington, Fayette and Green counties and still is one of the largest cancer centers in Western Pennsylvania. It opened in 1985.

To register for these Innovations events, please call 724-258-1333.

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