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Large Study Reveals Long-Term Outcomes for Prostate Cancer Patients Treated with High Dose, Short Term Radiation like CyberKnife Radiotherapy

WASHINGTON –– A large, national study examining a radiation treatment for prostate cancer––popular because it delivers a high dose of therapy in a very short time frame––supports its routine use.  The study, conducted at cancer centers around the United States including at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, looks at long term follow up data for stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) used to treat more than 2,100 men with prostate cancer that had a low or intermediate risk of recurring. The results were published Feb. 8 in the journal JAMA Network Open. At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the therapy is delivered by a…

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MedStar Georgetown Specialist Leads Targeting of Huntington’s Disease Symptoms Through New Guidelines

An international group of experts, led by MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Karen Anderson, MD, recently published new clinical guidelines focusing on the treatment of behavioral symptoms seen in patients with Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder that impairs physical and mental abilities as movement-controlling cells die in the brain. It’s estimated that 70% of American patients with the disease do not receive specialist care; instead seeking treatment from general practitioners, general neurologists, and psychiatrists. “These guidelines convey the important message that we have treatments available now for many neuropsychiatric symptoms of HD. This should encourage patients to…

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First Patient in a Clinical Trial Using Her Own Blood to Personalize Treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Experiencing Remission

WASHINGTON – The first cancer patient to be treated as part of the CAR-T cell clinical trial at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital through Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is now in “complete remission.” Daisy Diggs Daisy Diggs, 67, of Laurel, Md., volunteered for the experimental treatment after a lengthy battle with stage-three non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. Following her diagnosis in 2015, the mother of two and grandmother of four, developed several tumors that could not be eliminated with chemotherapy alone. “I had tumors in my lymph nodes, hip, pelvis, neck and right kidney. They couldn’t get a…

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The Washington Capitals Join Pediatric Patients for Holiday Fun

(Washington, D.C.) - The Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals lifted holiday spirits during the team’s annual December visit to patients at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The team, alongside mascot Slapshot, arrived by bus to meet children and families, including those spending the holidays in the hospital’s pediatric inpatient units. The Caps also played games, signed autographs and created artwork with families gathered inside the Lombardi Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. “Days like today, when you can have the entire Washington Capitals hockey team visit, provide such an incredible and necessary distraction from illness,” said Laurie Strongin, CEO of the Hope for Henry…

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