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Dr. Mary Harris is a regionally recognized gastroenterologist and Medical Co-Director of Mercy's Center for Inflammatory Bowel and Colorectal Diseases.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center offers physician expertise with a dedication to advanced treatments for shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand conditions.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
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Cancer surgeons of Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, typically perform a sentinel lymph node biopsy, in addition to cancer surgery, to determine whether or not tumor cells have spread beyond the original tumor location to the lymph nodes. Our doctors work with Mercy’s Nuclear Medicine specialists to help determine if any additional treatment options are needed beyond the initial surgery.
The sentinel lymph nodes are the first draining lymph nodes from the primary tumor location. They are usually located in the neck, underarms, chest, abdomen, and groin.
A sentinel lymph node biopsy allows doctors to identify, remove and examine the lymph nodes for the presence of cancer cells.
Our nuclear medicine specialists attempt to find potentially cancerous lymph nodes by injecting a radioactive dye (with or without additional blue dye) near the original tumor location. The dye travels through the lymphatic channels and concentrates in the first draining lymph nodes – the sentinel lymph nodes.
These lymph nodes are surgically removed so that they can be examined by the pathologist. This examination may be done at the time of the surgical procedure or later. If there is no tumor in these lymph nodes, no additional lymph nodes need to be removed. However, if tumor cells are detected in these first draining lymph nodes, removal of additional lymph nodes (a complete axillary lymph node dissection) may be required.
Sentinel lymph node biopsy helps determine how invasive the cancer is, and therefore is also used to determine what treatment options are likely to be the most effective.
A sentinel lymph node biopsy also may allow for the avoidance of a complete lymph node dissection. In the past, if any lymph node had cancer, a complete lymph node dissection was performed. Any surgery on the lymph nodes can lead to complications including lymphedema, but minimizing surgery on lymph nodes decreases the risk of developing these complications.
Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, treats a broad range of cancers and benign tumors including colon and rectal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, sarcoma and melanoma. Mercy's surgical oncologists utilize modern medical technologies such as laparoscopy, brachytherapy, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) and microwave ablation to help eliminate tumors with minimal damage to healthy tissue.
Surgical Oncology is part of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Director of Mercy's prestigious HIPEC Program, is among the region’s leading surgical oncologists, offering long-time expertise in the treatment of complex cancers.
A Mercy patient says she believes in miracles after being diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer and given a second chance at life.