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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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Prostate Cancer Patient Does His Research and Chooses Proton Therapy to Treat His Aggressive Disease

(Washington, D.C.)  When Melvin Denwiddie, 73 was diagnosed with prostate cancer in late 2016 his physicians first told him the “watch and wait” strategy would be sufficient.  But in 2017 further testing showed that his cancer had become more aggressive and it was time to get treated. “My prostate cancer was potentially fatal if I didn’t start treatment,” says Denwiddie. “My choices were surgery to remove the prostate, traditional radiation or proton radiation,” says the great-grandfather of three. “I did my research and I wanted proton therapy.  I found that proton therapy would be the most accurate; it would follow…

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MedStar Georgetown Joins Elite Group of Hospitals, Only 50 in the Nation, to Receive Prestigious Magnet® Designation for a Fourth Consecutive Time

American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program® is an Indicator for Excellence in Patient Care

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