Pancreatic Cancer Patient: “I Had the Right Doctors Doing the Right Things”
At 71, Charlotte Robinson was a healthy woman, still working 30 hours a week at the Safeway in her southern Maryland town.
Then chest pains sent her to the local ER.
Surprisingly, her heart turned out to be just fine, but other test results puzzled her physicians. While preliminary evidence pointed to a pancreatic mass, it defied detection.
That’s when Charlotte’s doctors sent her to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, which cares for more people who have pancreatic disorders than any other hospital in the area.
Novel Approach to Pancreatic Surgery Eases Recovery
To the naked eye, Crystal Carpenter is the picture of health. The 27-year-old former gymnast watches what she eats, runs, skis and is a self-described all-around “outdoors person.” So when she and then fiancé, Kyle, moved to Washington, D.C., from Florida, they naturally decided upon an informal, outdoor wedding, followed by a two-hour walk around the National Mall.
A mere week later, Crystal was in an intensive care unit in northern Virginia.