Pennsylvania Oncologist Remembered for His Dedication to Thousands of Cancer Patients, Including Those with Mesothelioma
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania lost one of their most celebrated oncologists when Dr. David Prager died on June 6, 2010. The 78-year-old spent his career focusing on the care and treatment of cancer patients and is credited with bringing the Lehigh Valley area cancer care on par with national standards. Mesothelioma is among the many types of cancers Prager treated in his 35 years of practice.
Mesothelioma is a serious cancer that occurs in individuals exposed to airborne asbestos fibers. Even small amounts of asbestos and infrequent exposure can create a risk for contracting mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma is highly aggressive and is resistant to many cancer treatments.
Prager gave patients hope. His knowledge and cutting-edge treatments gave many patients a long, full life, and many agreed that his caring and generosity are things they will never forget about him. One of Prager’s patients was fighting mesothelioma, and others recalled the support Prager gave him in battling his cancer as well as with his legal fight. Prager stood by the patient insisting his mesothelioma could only be from asbestos exposure, helping with his mesothelioma case.
One local cancer surgeon recognized Prager for establishing the Memorial Blood Center, for bringing experimental cancer therapies to Lehigh, and for his skill in training hundreds of medical students. Prager also invented a device that delivers multiple chemotherapy medicines through one channel so patients need only one intravenous injection. The device is still in use today.
Prager was recognized often by his peers in the medical field as well as by his co-workers at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He received seven awards from hospitals, the National Cancer Institute and American College of Physicians, 11 research grants, and published 59 articles on cancer and blood.