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Chemodesensitization Success Published in Medical Journal

July 28, 2011

Atlanta, GA -- DeKalb Medical is pleased to announce that the work of two of its physicians has been published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Community Oncology. Allergist Dr. George Gottlieb co-authored the article with Oncologists Dr. R. Allen Lawhead, Jr., Dr. Rodolfo Bordoni and Dr. Bruce A. Feinberg, detailing their research with DeKalb Medical's Rapid Chemotherapy Desensitization program. Entitled “Successful outpatient desensitization of cancer patients with hypersensitivity reactions to chemotherapy,” the article has reached an audience of more than 26,000 physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and administrators.

The Decatur, Ga. campus of DeKalb Medical is one of only a few facilities in the United States to offer this procedure in an outpatient, non-academic setting. Since the program's inception at DeKalb Medical's Cancer Center in 2009, hundreds of patients have benefited from this procedure, including Cheryl Friedman, a 7-year cancer survivor. She says, "The rapid desensitization program is another reason why I love DeKalb Medical. Everyone works together as a team."

To view the full article in Community Oncology visit http://www.communityoncology.net/journal/articles/0710452.pdf. Dr. Gottlieb's work with cancer patients experiencing allergic reactions to chemo has appeared on CNN, Fox 5 Atlanta, Physician's Weekly, MDAtl.com, to name a few. To learn more about the rapid desensitization protocol visit www.dekalbmedical.org.

About DeKalb Medical Cancer Center

DeKalb Medical continues to be a leader in Atlanta in oncology research and treatment. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons validated the excellence of our cancer program in June 2010 by granting a three-year approval with commendation to DeKalb Medical as a community comprehensive cancer center. In addition, DeKalb Medical also received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer in 2007 for exceeding the standards set out by the Commission. Only 20 percent of hospitals in the United States have been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dekalbmedicalcancercenter.

Tori Vogt MBA
Media Relations
DeKalb Medical

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