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Advanced Surgery Saves Richard’s Life

Bladder cancer was the last thing on Richard Ward’s mind when he went to see urologist Andrew Joel, MD, FACS. A CT scan done in preparation for a vascular procedure picked up an incidental finding — a slight thickening of the bladder wall. Dr. Joel’s examination found Richard had a small bladder tumor, which was removed surgically. Although Richard, 67, had not had any symptoms, the pathology report from his surgery showed his tumor was highly aggressive; it had already invaded the muscle of the bladder wall... Read more

Saving Adrienne

Adrienne Griffen was a busy mother of three and thought her digestive system was just out of whack when she went in for a physical in 2012. Her mother and sister both had had diverticulitis; she had seen blood in her stool and thought she might have the same problem.

A colonoscopy found that the 47-year-old Arlington resident had rectal cancer. Her doctor referred her to a surgeon, who diagnosed her cancer as early — stage 1 — and recommended immediate surgery to remove the tumor. Adrienne, however, wanted a second opinion and went to see Jennifer McQuade, MD, FACS, FASCRS, a colorectal surgeon in the Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group. Dr. McQuade reviewed all of Adrienne’s test results and gave her a very different diagnosis — stage 3 cancer that had invaded nearby lymph nodes...

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