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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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Son Donates Kidney for Dad on His Own Busy Schedule, Thanks to New Program

In Season of Giving, Family is Thankful for the Gift of Life (Washington, D.C.) A Virginia father has received a kidney transplant thanks to his son’s organ donation five months earlier and a program that is reducing another barrier to living donation, time. In March 2018, 48 year-old Ivan Jones was surprised to be diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure. He needed a transplant.  “I knew right away that I wanted to donate a kidney to my dad,” says Amir Jones, 20. But father and son’s blood types were incompatible. If Amir wanted to donate to his dad, the next option…

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MedStar Georgetown First in the Washington, D.C. Area to Perform Minimally Invasive Adult Brain Surgery Using a Robot

(Washington, D.C.) - Epilepsy patients looking for a minimally invasive alternative for brain surgery have a new option thanks to a novel tool that lets surgeons perform brain surgery with the help of a robot. MedStar Georgetown is the first and only center in the Washington, D.C. area to offer this new option for adults with epilepsy. ROSA Brain™ is a surgical navigation and positioning system using robotic technology that allows surgeons, through a tiny three millimeter opening in the skull, to place electrodes, which detect seizures in the brain.  Traditional methods require a more invasive craniotomy and shaving a…

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