MedStar Franklin Square Breast Cancer Patients Receive Gifts from Ravens Player

Cornerback Brandon Carr Distributes HOPE Kits & Wigs

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr lifted the spirits of women receiving breast cancer treatment at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center today, with a special visit that included fellowship, the distribution of HOPE Kits, and the presentation of custom-designed, natural hair wigs for three women.

Carr’s mother, Kathy Carr, died of breast cancer at the age of 59 in 2014 following a long battle with the disease. Carr spent a lot of time with each patient after speaking about losing his mother, whom he said was everything to him.

“She was my rock, and it took me some time to get here to this point where I could stand here in front of you and talk about her without getting the floor all wet from crying,” Carr said at the event.

The kits come from the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s HOPE Kit program. The kits are filled with items to comfort and encourage patients undergoing breast cancer treatment, including fuzzy socks, tea, lotion and educational resources.

A hair restoration expert joined Carr for the special visit and brought along the custom wig and fitted one of the patients. She then styled her hair. Susan, the patient, was laughing as she brushed hair away from her forehead and exclaimed, “Oh I have hair in my eyes.”

Another breast cancer patient who was receiving her final radiation treatment that day said she knows Carr’s mother must be “shining down and so proud of her son.”

Two more patients received custom wigs at the Ravens’ Owings Mills complex later on Oct. 29. At the complex, Baltimore Ravens players and representatives from the National Breast Cancer Foundation assembled 150 additional kits for breast cancer patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

MedStar Health Bel Air Cancer Services Aligns Expertise with New Name

Collaboration Provides Greater Access to World-Class Cancer Care

 

BALTIMORE—July 24, 2018 —Community leaders and local elected officials recently joined MedStar Health leadership to celebrate the naming of MedStar Health’s cancer center in the heart of Harford County: MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute (MGCI) at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

MGCI brings together clinical expertise and resources across MedStar Health in order to provide patients greater and more convenient access to comprehensive cancer care. MGCI, which also extends to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, allows patients to benefit from this collective network of cancer specialists. Other locations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

The institute also provides increased access to the most innovative clinical trials offered through Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, the research engine of the institute. Clinical trials are an essential component to advancing the science of preventing, detecting, diagnosing, and treating cancers. Participation in clinical trials opens the door to the most progressive and customized treatment options, such as new medications and targeted immunotherapies. MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus

“MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute harnesses the incredible talent of our cancer specialties across the Baltimore/Washington region and provides powerful treatment options for the citizens of Harford and Baltimore counties,” said Dr. Albert J. Aboulafia, director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

“All cancer patients deserve access to tomorrow’s treatments today, and to receive that kind of care closer to where they live and work,” adds Dr. Louis M. Weiner, director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute and director of Georgetown Lombardi, designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center.

The 100,000-square foot MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus, located at 12 MedStar Boulevard in Bel Air, opened in 2016 offering services that include a full-service cancer center with screenings, smoking cessation classes, infusion services, radiation therapy, medical oncology, and breast center.

The event featured remarks from Samuel E. Moskowitz, president of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center; Dr. Albert J. Aboulafia, director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus; and Dr. Louis M. Weiner, director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute and director of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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About the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute
The MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute (MGCI) combines medical expertise, research, and resources across MedStar Health throughout the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. The institute comprises MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; MedStar Washington Hospital Center; MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus; MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center; MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, and the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Washington, D.C. – serves as the institute’s research engine. MGCI provides access to advanced cancer care, clinical trials, and state-of-the-art technologies closer to where patients live and work. MedStar specialists, many of whom are nationally recognized for their expertise in numerous disease sites and disciplines, cover the full continuum of care – from screening, prevention, research, diagnosis, treatment and personalized cancer rehabilitation – ensuring patients throughout the region have access to the latest therapies available anywhere. For more information, visit www.MedStargeorgetowncancer.org.

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Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
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Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
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MedStar Health Baltimore Cancer Program Honored for Exceeding Standards

Earns Accreditation with Commendation from The Commission on Cancer

 

BALTIMORE—(July 11, 2018)— MedStar Health’s four Baltimore area hospitals have been granted a three-year accreditation with commendation – indicating it exceeded the standard requirements – for their regional cancer program by The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

To earn the CoC accreditation, the MedStar Health Cancer Network must meet or exceed the organization’s quality care standards and maintain excellence in patient-centered care. The cancer program is reevaluated every three years.

The MedStar Health Cancer Network exceeded standard requirements in six areas: clinical research accrual, cancer registry education, public reporting of outcomes, oncology nursing care, accuracy of data, and Rapid Quality Reporting System. The Rapid Quality Reporting System is a reporting and quality improvement tool from CoC that helps hospitals track their quality of cancer care. The program is at four Baltimore-area hospitals: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Harbor Hospital.

The cancer program is part of The MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute, a network that brings together top doctors, hospitals, and research centers to provide the best possible cancer care for patients. Patients have access to clinical trials, which can allow for the most cutting-edge treatment options such as medications and immunotherapy.

“Every day, our clinicians work hard to help save lives and improve quality of life for patients with cancer,” said Albert J. Aboulafia, MD, FACS, MBA, the director of the MedStar Baltimore Region Cancer Network and director of Orthopaedic Oncology. “We are proud that the excellence of the MedStar Health Cancer Network has been recognized by The Commission on Cancer.”

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About the MedStar Health Cancer Network

The MedStar Health Cancer Network, comprised of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor, and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals, represents a true collaboration in oncology care. Our dedicated team of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, oncology nurses, and cancer support staff collaborate to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of cancer patients and their families throughout the greater Baltimore region. Our goal is to provide evidenced-based, quality care with a focus on service and easy access.

The Cancer Network has recently been granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). The Cancer Network is committed to delivering the highest standards of care—this national endorsement further validates the quality of care its experts provide to cancer patients in the Baltimore community.

Our oncology experts provide all the cancer treatments you expect, plus some you might not. Treatments are always supported or driven by the latest research, including such sophisticated offerings as CyberKnife radiation, leading clinical trials, targeted therapies, and minimally invasive surgery—endoscopic, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted. Our physicians, including a dedicated orthopaedic oncology team, are specially trained to treat complex cancers. Our seamless oncology care is backed by electronic medical records and top support services like genetic counseling and cancer rehab.

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Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
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Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

 

MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus to Open April 9

New, $1.75 Million Center Will Include New Infusion Center with 22 Chairs


BALTIMORE, Md.—(March 29, 2018)—Sixteen oncology experts from the MedStar Health Cancer Network will be under the same roof, expanding patient access to oncology care, with the opening of the MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus, April 9th.

MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus
Healing Garden at the MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus

Located in the Russell Morgan building of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, the 7,800-square-foot, $1.75 million renovated space will include a state-of-the-art infusion center with 22 treatment chairs, providing IV therapy of all types including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and iron infusions.

The new location will include a pharmacy, a clinical trials program, screening programs including 3-D mammograms and lung CT scans, an on-site MRI machine, ultrasounds, mammography, and radiation therapy including a Linear Accelerator machine.

A multi-disciplinary team of cancer specialists will include breast surgeons, medical oncologists, a genetic counselor, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, radiologists, a surgical oncologist, and an oncology-trained team of nurses, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians.

“Having all of these services together will make for a much more robust patient experience,” said Linda Rogers, RN, CPA, MBA, vice president of oncology and related services for the MedStar Health Baltimore region. “Our clinicians will be able to better communicate patient cases with each other face to face, quickly order medications from the on-site pharmacy, and benefit from ongoing clinical research. Our patients will benefit from having their entire medical team, testing, medications and infusion therapies under one roof.”

Patients will also have access to support services including financial counseling, flexible scheduling, free community education including smoking cessation, free parking and a free shuttle service to and from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

To make an appointment, call 443-444-3991.

 

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About the MedStar Health Cancer Network

The MedStar Health Cancer Network, comprised of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor, and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals, represents a true collaboration in oncology care. Our dedicated team of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, oncology nurses, and cancer support staff collaborate to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of cancer patients and their families throughout the greater Baltimore region. Our goal is to provide evidenced-based, quality care with a focus on service and easy access.

The Cancer Network has recently been granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). The Cancer Network is committed to delivering the highest standards of care—this national endorsement further validates the quality of care its experts provide to cancer patients in the Baltimore community.

Our oncology experts provide all the cancer treatments you expect, plus some you might not. Treatments are always supported or driven by the latest research, including such sophisticated offerings as CyberKnife radiation, leading clinical trials, targeted therapies, and minimally invasive surgery—endoscopic, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted. Our physicians, including a dedicated orthopaedic oncology team, are specially trained to treat complex cancers. Our seamless oncology care is backed by electronic medical records and top support services like genetic counseling and cancer rehab.

 

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

 

MedStar Health Raises the Bar on Emerging Field of Immuno-oncology

Pallavi P. Kumar, MD Named Director of Immuno-oncology, MedStar Health Cancer Network

BALTIMORE, Md.—(January 29, 2018)—  Pallavi P. Kumar, MD, has been named director of Immuno-Oncology for the Baltimore region of the MedStar Health Cancer Network, leading a charge to optimize immune based therapies and clinical trials, and advance the standard of care in the treatment of cancer. medstar health bel air oncology center
 
Immunotherapy, actively used in the cancer research, is a treatment that boosts the body’s immune system and helps train it to attack cancer cells. It has changed the landscape of oncology, enabling patients to live longer lives.
 
Clinical trials in immuno-oncology first started at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in 2007. “We are an academic-hybrid community hospital with an enormous amount of experience in immunotherapy,” said Dr. Kumar. “We benefit from the collaborative work with the MedStar Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Cancer Institute at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.”
 
In her new role, Dr. Kumar, who specializes in many solid tumors, including melanoma, head and neck, sarcoma, gastrointestinal, gynecologic and urologic malignancies at Medstar Franklin Square, will lead immuno-oncology clinical trial efforts for all cancers, collaborate with regional physicians to find new therapies for patients, and profile tumors to optimize treatments. She will continue to oversee research that test new combinations of immunotherapy with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. These strategies can offer hope to patients that their cancers might become chronic diseases, or even be cured.
 
“This new position bolsters the work Dr. Kumar has already been doing at MedStar for years,” said Albert Aboulafia, medical director of the Weinberg Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and the Baltimore Region. “She has helped build our immuno-oncology program into what it is today and is dedicated to getting the best outcomes for our patients.” 
 
“We want the community to be aware that we have invested in clinical trials, molecular profiling and treatments that pioneer novel therapies for cancer patients,” Dr. Kumar said. “The comprehensive team approach throughout the Medstar Health network, provide meaningful outcomes in the lives of our patients.”
 
Click here for more information on the MedStar Health Cancer Network.

 

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Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
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Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

 

Golden Ring Middle School Students Raise Money for MedStar Franklin Square’s “SOS” Program

The program pairs newly diagnosed women with trained breast cancer survivor mentors

Baltimore—( December 21, 2017 )— Golden Ring Middle School students raised and donated $800 to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Survivors Offering Support (SOS) program last week, money that will help fund programming for the mentoring and education program that assists women undergoing breast cancer treatment. The middle school students held a fundraiser at their school where they sold off art they created. The “Art for a Cause” event on Dec. 14 drew 250 guests, including local elected officials.

The school researched various groups supporting breast cancer causes, and selected speakers to participate in the event. The students and staff later selected the SOS program as its recipient. “We are so grateful for the generous donation from Golden Ring Middle School to the Survivors Offering Support program,” said Edla Coleman, the program manager for the SOS program at MedStar Franklin Square. “The students presented their artwork for sale, but more importantly, demonstrated such care, concern and passion for people fighting breast cancer that was inspiring and beyond their years. The teachers and staff were also incredible in their desire to make a difference and to lead the way for their students to develop their ability to see that they too can make a difference in the world.”

Dr. Kristen Fernandez, director of the Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, said the program helps new breast cancer patients navigate treatments and recovery. “SOS is just another way for us to care for the whole patient and provide individualized care to breast cancer patients being treated at MedStar Franklin Square,” Fernandez said. “For some women, their SOS mentor is just someone that they talk to once or twice on the phone with and maybe ask a few questions. For others their SOS Mentor keeps them company during their chemotherapy treatments, meets them weekly for coffee or lunch. In some cases the mentor identifies issues such as financial problems that can be addressed by this group or other programs that we have at MedStar Franklin Square. Women are so appreciative of this group and I am so thankful for donations like this that allow us to continue this wonderful service.”

The SOS program was founded by Nabisco executive Denise O’Neill in 2004 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, it has expanded to 13 hospitals in the Baltimore/Washington region, including MedStar Franklin Square. More than 400 mentors who have suffered from breast cancer themselves have been trained to offer emotional support to newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients in the SOS program, making the breast cancer journey less confusing and solitary. The program offers workshops in how to transition to life after breast cancer, partner support and caregiver workshops, in addition to mentoring. Each mentor undergoes 4.5 hours of initial training on breast cancer, surgical procedures, lymphedema and how to mentor others. They also undergo ongoing training. The SOS mentors are matched with patients based on age, stage, surgery, treatment as well as interests and family background. “It is with deep gratitude that we accept this donation which will help enable SOS to keep the support, workshops and services to women fighting breast cancer going, and to help us to work with even more women on the difficult journey of fighting breast cancer in the coming year,” Coleman said.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

 

New High-Risk Assessment and Cancer Prevention Clinic

The new High-Risk Assessment and Cancer Prevention Clinic is dedicated to identifying and caring for individuals who have an increased risk of cancer due to family history, medical and genetic factors, and/or lifestyle influences. A diversified team will assess a patients' need to be screened for cancer-related genes, develop treatment plans that consider current and future risk, and encourage regular diagnostic testing. The team is made up of medical oncologists, gastroenterologists, gynecologists, surgeons, nurses, and a dedicated cancer genetic counselor.

Meet Jackie Dressel as she shares her story about her treatment at the High-Risk Cancer Prevention Clinic. Due to Dressel's family history of breast cancer, including her mother who died in her mid-3o's, she was screened for cancer-related genes linked to increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Although her results were negative, Dressel opted for a preventive double mastectomy. "I didn't want to live in fear anymore," said Dressel. "For me, it was a relief." Click here to read the full story.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
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MedStar Bel Air Medical Campus Celebrates 1 Year

Expanded Services Mean More than Convenience in the Heart of Harford

Bel Air, MD—(April 12, 2017)— Last spring, over 600 Harford County residents attended the community open house at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus to see the shiny new bedless hospital and urgent care. Among the guests: Anita Owens, of Fallston.

While throngs of visitors toured the sunlit center from room to room, embracing its location on Route 924 at Plumtree Road, Charlsetta Holmes, known as Charli, was a short distance away, working in her office at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The convenience of top quality healthcare couldn’t have been further from her mind.  

Anita however, was so impressed with the 100,000 square feet of comfort and technology, and its location, she promptly changed primary care physicians and scheduled her annual routine check-up.

Within days and weeks of the opening respectively, both Charli and Anita would each get devastating news: they had breast cancer.  

“Having this facility here makes it more convenient for our patients to get treatment in their community without having to drive to Baltimore,” said Dr. Suman Rao, MD, chief of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Thoracic Oncology & Hematology at Bel Air. “When facing a devastating diagnosis of cancer, patients are assured they are getting the same state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment capabilities as any other major cancer care center.” 

"MedStar Bel Air saved my life,” Anita said. “They found the cancer, treated me, and I am cancer free today because of them."

 “This experience for me, was holistic,” Charli explained. “I wasn’t just going there for medicine. Everyone at Bel Air from the nurses, staff, oncologists, were very informative. They offered support, literature, brochures… they provided beauty tips; how to wear scarves and wigs, apply make-up, physical therapy. They did all they could to provide support. Everything I needed was in the same place.”

Since its April 12th opening last year, more than 30,000 Harford residents have received treatment in specialty areas including cardiology, imaging, outpatient surgery, primary care, rehabilitation, urgent care, women’s health and the comprehensive cancer center, where Anita and Charli received chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Last month, Charli received her final radiation treatment on her 60th birthday, and celebrated the milestone, cancer free.

 “As a physician, one of the best advantages to working in this facility is being able to coordinate high quality care efficiently for my patients,” said Dr. Melanie Slack, site medical director. “I have had many instances where I see a patient in my office, send them immediately downstairs for a radiologic study, and that same afternoon, am able to discuss the results with the radiologist and arrange for a specialist consultation. It makes a huge difference to the patients, knowing that all of their doctors are communicating and working together as a team.”

For an appointment with one of our specialists at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus, call 410-877-8088 or visit MedStarHealth.org/BelAir.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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Dr. Suman Rao Co-authors Lung Cancer Study for New England Journal of Medicine

suman-raoImmunotherapy Medicine Confirmed Better Than Chemo in Some Cancers

Baltimore—(December 1, 2016)— MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center oncologist Suman Rao, MD, focused a national spotlight on the fight against lung cancer with her extensive contributions in a lung cancer study that led her to co-author a New England Journal of Medicine report published last month. The study confirms immunotherapy produces better results than chemotherapy in first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, and won Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the immunotherapy medicine, Keytruda last month.

Immunotherapy, also known as biologic therapy, uses substances to destroy a protective mechanism on cancers cells, and then allows the body's natural defenses to fight them. Keytruda targets the programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) receptor. While it’s been in use for other cancers such as melanoma and bladder cancer, chemotherapy has been the standard of care for metastatic lung cancer

Dr. Rao enrolled the most patient data in the trial, which gleaned 305 patients from 16 countries. In the study, patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer and the PD-1 expression on at least 50% of tumor cells, did not have a progression of their cancer, and had fewer adverse reactions than patients who were treated with chemotherapy.

“Where we are seeing progress with using immunotherapy,” said Dr. Rao,“is in difficult to treat cancers, such as small cell lung cancer and malignant pleural mesothelioma. Immunotherapy improved survival, compared to traditional chemotherapy, in patients with non-small cell lung cancer whose tumors express high levels of PD-L1. This is a huge leap for those of us on the journey with patients whose diseases have been most challenging. There are more studies underway, and much more work to do, but this is a very exciting finding.”

 

About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
410-274-1260    
[email protected]