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P.6SibleyMeMorialHoSPitalPeoplecomefromacrossthenationandaroundtheworldtoseemedicaloncologistKatherineThorntonM.D.Theyvebeendiagnosedwithararecanceroustumorcalledsarcomasomesubtypessouncommonmanyoncologistswillneverencounterone.Dr.Thorntonseessarcomaseveryday.ItishersolespecialtyandthroughtheJohnsHopkinsSidneyKimmelCancerCenteratSibleythatdepthofexperienceandexpertiseishereforourcommunity.Sarcomatumorsarisefromconnectivetissuesuchasbonecartilagefatmuscleandjoints.ThemyriadsubtypesofthediseasemakeitespeciallychallengingmanysarcomaswillonlybediagnosedinafewhundredAmericanseachyear.Thatswhysarcomaspecialistsaresuchaclose-knitcommunitysaysDr.Thornton.Wemeettosharenewsaboutadvancesdatafromtrialsthelatestdrugsnewtargetedtherapiesandbringwhatsworkingbesthometoourpatients.AsasarcomacenterSidneyKimmelhasateamofoncologistswithuniquespecialtyskillsinsarcomasurgeryradiationandchemotherapy.ImhereatSibleybutImalsoabridgetoprovidepatientsthebestofbothworldsinWashingtonandBaltimorenotesDr.Thornton.Sarcomaoftenaffectsayoungpopulation.Manyofmypatientsareintheir20s30sand40swereallybecomefriendsinmanyways.Oftentheyarereferredbydoctorswhodonthavein-depthknowledgeofsarcoma.Theyresorelievedtondsomeonewhoswell-versedinthediseasehereintheircommunityitsverygratifying.giaanicosiasStoryIgetsuchawarmfeelingfromallthewonderfulpeopleatSibleyespeciallyDr.Thornton.Ifeelcomfortabletalkingtoheraboutanything.Shedneverbeendiagnosedwithanythingworsethanacold.High-energyGiannawasbusywithcollegeclassesajobasofcemanagerforadogwalkingcompanyandexercise.Thenalumpaboveheranklewasdiagnosedassarcoma.Shehadchemotherapysurgerytoremovethetumorandthenmorechemo.Itsaverypotent48-weekchemotherapyregimenwithagoaltocureDr.Thorntonreports.GiannaisbacktoworkZumbaclassesyogaandhikeswithherdog.Imalittleslowerbutitsimportanttostaystrong.SarComaRaretumors.Rareexpertise.aeopecomefracroseemedicaloncologisttreNotonlyarethesetumorsraretherearearound75differentsubtypes.IstrivetoknoweverythingIcanaboutthebestnewtreatmentsforeachofthem.KatherineThorntonM.D.medicaldirectoroftheJohnsHopkinsSidneyKimmelCancerCenteratSibleyJenRiskuspatienteThorntonM.D.medicaloncologistnKatheriandGiannaNicosiapatient.