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MedStar Georgetown’s Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program Celebrates its 100th Transplant

(Washington, D.C.)  In April 2017 MedStar Georgetown’s Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant (BMT) Program celebrated an exciting milestone by performing its 100th transplant.Stem cell transplantation is the only curative therapy for a number of malignant and non-malignant diseases of the blood and bone marrow. Autologous transplants use a patient’s own bone marrow or stem cells while allogeneic transplants use a donor’s bone marrow or stem cells.June Batcheller from Arlington, VA was first diagnosed in June 2016 with solitary bone plasmacytoma in one of her ribs. After 33 rounds of radiation she thought she was on track for recovery. However,…

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New Cures for Hepatitis C Mean Avoiding Liver Transplant

A Daily Pill Cures Hepatitis C in Months“It’s a hidden disease. A lot of people, me included, don't know they have hepatitis C until they have a blood test,” says Duncan MacInnes, during a recent visit to the MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute.MacInnes, 69, was infected with hepatitis C while working overseas, when doctors used unclean needles to give injections in the 1970’s. He didn’t know about his condition until the 1990’s. Hepatitis C damaged his liver by causing extreme scarring, called cirrhosis, a late stage of fibrosis that is now reversible with oral medications.After five rounds of Interferon, which involves…

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A Simple, Non-Surgical Liver Test Provides Accurate Information About Liver Health in Minutes

FibroScan Better Assesses Liver Health  Washington, D.C., May 16, 2017  - “That’s it? That was quick!”says Marc Calanog, 73, as he lay on the exam table after his first FibroScan test, at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.With his left hand stretched above his head, and his shirt pulled up to his chest, Calanog’s Fibroscan took about five minutes, and was as easy as an ultrasound of his abdomen. In his case, physicians want to know if Calanog’s hepatitis B has caused any damage to his liver. Fibroscan is used to check for scarring on the liver as well as signs of fatty liver…

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Army Buddies Reunite after 16 Years when One Donates Kidney to the Other at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Kai Johns and his wife Heather Sheeley-Johns(Washington, D.C.) - Kai Johns, 45, of Ashburn Virginia and his wife Heather Sheeley-Johns sat in a hospital emergency room back in November 2016 getting unexpected news. The stubborn “flu-like” symptoms Johns had been experiencing were the pre-cursor to the discovery that his kidneys were functioning at just six percent. Johns was in kidney failure and needed a transplant. Fast. With four generations of polycystic kidney disease before him, Johns would be the first in his family to need actually require a new kidney.While Johns immediately started dialysis treatments three times a week, Sheeley-Johns…

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