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The Swim Across America Baltimore Lab

What Swim Across America Baltimore Supports at Johns Hopkins

Swim Across America lab 2016 Executive Committee members and SAA national director with Dr. Luis Diaz.

Swim Across America
Research Laboratory

Among the promising new discoveries we're working on in the Swim Across America laboratory is a personalized test that can tell, with 100 percent sensitivity and specificity, if a person is cured with surgery or if there are cancer cells left behind that will require additional treatment. It also will monitor the progression of each person's cancer and the response to treatment, alerting clinicians to a recurrence of disease. Continued support from Swim Across America allows us to be on the forefront of applying innovative personalized cancer medicine to benefit

Since its inception at Hopkins, the laboratory has been part of two major publications in Science and Clinical Cancer Research: The discovery of key mutations in a rare pancreatic tumor, and investigations studying the tumor margins of colorectal cancer metastases. A major study of circulating tumor DNA now underway should affect how we monitor and detect more than a dozen tumor types. In addition, this will have implications for using circulating tumor DNA as a personalized biomarker for early detection and determining if a patient is cured after surgery. A clinical trial using tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and nanoparticles, is in development. Continued support from Swim Across America allows us to be on the forefront of applying innovative personalized cancer medicine to benefit patients and their families.

Watch a video tour of the Swim Across America laboratory.

Listen to Dr. Diaz discuss the importance of Swim Across America’s funds.

Get Involved: Donate, Swim or Volunteer

Dr. Nelson with Michael Phelps Cancer Center Director, Bill Nelson (left) with Olympian Michael Phelps

Find out how you can help support this year's Swim Across America Baltimore event. Swim, volunteer, donate or give to help raise funds to support the Swim Across America Laboratory at Johns Hopkins. You can make a difference.