Choosing between Georgetown, John Hopkins, or George Washington

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CatzinDJ
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Choosing between Georgetown, John Hopkins, or George Washington

Postby CatzinDJ » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:05 pm

I moved from west coast Washington to east coast Washington DC. I need to schedule a colonoscopy.

I’m looking for recommendations. I have one medical condition that I’m getting treatment for at George Washington and another disease where I’m will be having treatment at John Hopkins. I would prefer one of these two locations, but if someone says Georgetown has the best doc in town, I’ll schedule there.

Do you have a doctor or clinic that you like in one of these locations? If so, why?

Thanks!
53 & Female
DX: Rectal Cancer (RC) diagnosed in Thailand
Tumor Location: Rectum
Tumor type: invasive adenocarcinoma
Tumor size: 4 mm
Tumor grade: low grade
Baseline CEA value (4.46) 5/2016
CEA 6/2/2016 4.8
Lynch- Negative.
LAR 7/13/2016 in Seatle, Wa
Home 7/18/2016.
CEA 12/9/2016 2.8
CEA 6/8/2017 5.6
Colonoscopy and Cat scan June 2017 NED
CEA 3/2018 2.9
TB latent recently diagnosed.

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Re: Choosing between Georgetown, John Hopkins, or George Washington

Postby ranger » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:50 am

When I lived in DC I went for my (checkup after cancer) colonoscopy to Dr. John Carroll. I liked him because he used a pediatric scope because of all the adhesions, and because my results were good, and everything went well, including my sedation.
colon resection 3/09
liver resection and takedown 8/09
11 rounds of folfax, avastin. plus AM655 or placebo, completed jan 2010
hernia repair 3/11
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age 68, never thought I'd make it. happy.
NED a long time.
Essential Thrombocytosis, monitoring
still here.

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Re: Choosing between Georgetown, John Hopkins, or George Washington

Postby ranger » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:55 am

Oops left out that it was at Georgetown (which is actually Medstar which hung on to the Georgetown brand) where I had been treated for cancer. I had an oncology team at Hopkins as well, but never even considered making the extra 50 minute drive. Also, back then the nurses were better skilled at Georgetown but that may be irrelevant for one procedure.
Good luck wherever you go.
Ranger
colon resection 3/09
liver resection and takedown 8/09
11 rounds of folfax, avastin. plus AM655 or placebo, completed jan 2010
hernia repair 3/11
http://cancerissofunny.blogspot.com/
https://m.facebook.com/Cancer-is-SO-fun ... 100303900/
@cancerissofunny
age 68, never thought I'd make it. happy.
NED a long time.
Essential Thrombocytosis, monitoring
still here.

CatzinDJ
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Joined: Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:06 pm

Re: Choosing between Georgetown, John Hopkins, or George Washington

Postby CatzinDJ » Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:37 am

Thank you for responding. I am glad to know names, it makes calling places easier.
53 & Female
DX: Rectal Cancer (RC) diagnosed in Thailand
Tumor Location: Rectum
Tumor type: invasive adenocarcinoma
Tumor size: 4 mm
Tumor grade: low grade
Baseline CEA value (4.46) 5/2016
CEA 6/2/2016 4.8
Lynch- Negative.
LAR 7/13/2016 in Seatle, Wa
Home 7/18/2016.
CEA 12/9/2016 2.8
CEA 6/8/2017 5.6
Colonoscopy and Cat scan June 2017 NED
CEA 3/2018 2.9
TB latent recently diagnosed.

wifeandmom
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Re: Choosing between Georgetown, John Hopkins, or George Washington

Postby wifeandmom » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:20 pm

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Jonathan Efron at Johns Hopkins! Great surgeon, and a really nice person.
Dx 4/09
Rectal CA T3 N0 M0
Neo-adj. rad/Xelox
Surgery 8/25/09 LAR, temp ileo
Reversal 10/09
Fistula
Surgery 12/21/09 temp ileo
ICU 12/30/09
8 rounds Xelox
Surgery 9/9/10 fix fistula, redo anastomosis
Reversal surgery 12/23/10
Hernia surgery 5/19/11
2018 Dx with radiation-induced Lumbosacral Plexopathy
ATM gene mutation

mhf1986
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Location: near DC

Re: Choosing between Georgetown, John Hopkins, or George Washington

Postby mhf1986 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:37 pm

Dr. John Marshall, Georgetown

I found Hopkins to be very conservative
Caregiver to DH, dx @ 50, mets to liver/lungs, MSS, wild
9/16 CEA 114, blockage, left hemi, perm. colostomy
11/16 port in, FOLFOX + Avastin
6/17 CEA 15, 5FU + A only due to neuropathy
11/17 CEA 38, CAPOX + A
1/18 CAPOX = hi bilirubin/bad hfs, back to FOLFOX + A
5/18 growth; Vectibex + 75% Irinotecan
7/18 CEA 23, shrinkage
10/18 CEA 28, growth of 2 liver tumors/shrinkage of few and lung nodes
11/18 Lonsurf, looking at spheres, proton, trials
11/19/18 Peace

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Re: Choosing between Georgetown, John Hopkins, or George Washington

Postby betsydoglover » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:07 pm

While I have not seen him, John Marshall at GW has a great reputation as a GI oncologist. My onc is a huge fan and would have referred me to him immediately if it seemed necessary - no matter what you decide, I think you should consult with him.
Betsy
diag. Stage IV, 5/05, liver met
lap sigmoid colectomy, 6/05
6 cycles Xeloda/oxaliplatin/Avastin (NED after 2)
11/08 9x13mm right lower lobe lung nodule; removed via VATS 4/09
NED
6 cycles Xeloda + Avastin
Avastin only 10/09-5/11
Still NED 06/18


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