Cancer & Blood Disorders
Driving transformational research, personalized therapy, family-centered care, and cancer policy in the nation's capital.
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer opens a world of concern and stress for the patient, the family, and friends. At the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center, there is peace of mind in knowing that the some of the most knowledgeable, respected, and compassionate physicians and medical staff will lead the care plan. But there is more to excellent care than outstanding staff.
The GW Cancer Center is a collaboration of the George Washington University, the GW Hospital and the GW Medical Faculty Associates to expand GW’s efforts in the fight against cancer. The GW Cancer Center also incorporates all existing cancer-related activities at GW, with a vision to create a cancer-free world through groundbreaking research, innovative education and equitable care for all.
Most of the physicians and clinical staff affiliated with the GW Cancer Center are located in The GW Medical Faculty Associates buildings located at 2150 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and M Streets, NW. They provide a comprehensive and collaborative approach to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
The GW Cancer Center is committed to driving transformational research, personalized therapy, family-centered care and cancer policy in the Nation’s Capital. Our vision is to become a leading innovator in basic, population, and clinical research and become a premier destination for personalized cancer care. Ultimately, the purpose of the GW Cancer Center is to improve outcomes for all cancer patients. In addition, the GW Cancer Center is dedicated to enhancing patient care through technologically advanced clinical specialties designed to contribute to the healing process. This powerful combination of academic rigor, innovative medicine, and an advanced healing environment offers Washington, D.C. metro area patients an invaluable option for cancer care.
The GW Cancer Center staff includes oncology certified physicians who are some of the region’s most renowned experts in interventional radiology, clinical oncology, basic and translational research, and psycho-oncology. We are staffed with nurses, phlebotomists (in our own blood lab), social workers, financial resource workers, patient navigators, and oncology nutritionists. The GW Cancer Center employs a breast and ovarian cancer genetic counselor and an oncology genetic counselor who focuses on colon, prostate, lung, and kidney cancers.
Our Collaborative Approach
The GW Cancer Center is located on the campus of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the largest institute of higher learning in the U.S. capital and renowned for both its education and research. Working in collaboration across the University and with the GW Hospital, the GW Medical Faculty Associates, Children’s National Medical Center, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science, the GW School of Nursing and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the GW Cancer Center leverages the exceptional talents and resources offered by these esteemed institutions to further its mission.
- Our Services
A highly experienced team of physicians, nurses, social workers and technologists collaborate to ensure your best possible care at the Katzen Cancer Research Center. Dedicated to the detection and treatment of patients with cancer, blood disorders and bone marrow disease, the Katzen Center provides the following services;
- Comprehensive management of all oncologic disorders – Outpatient chemotherapy and intravenous antibiotic therapy are offered. Patients with acute oncologic problems, including acute leukemia and complex neoplastic disorders, are treated with specialized cancer treatment protocols.
- Clinical coagulation services – Evaluation and treatment of patients with problems such as von Willebrand disease, platelet disorders, and thrombotic disorders.
- Hematology services – Hematology services are offered for the management of patients with red cell, white cell or platelet disorders. Hemoglobinopathies, myeloproliferative diseases, and myelodysplasia are also treated.
- The Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit –The unit performs autologous transplants on patients with leukemia, lymphomas and myelomas.
Ruth Paul Cancer Genetics & Prevention Service
We offer comprehensive genetic testing and evaluation for patients who have a personal history of cancer as well as those who are at high risk for developing cancer because of a known genetic mutation and/or a strong family history of cancer. Click here to learn more.
For more information about patient services, click here.
- Support Groups
Washington, DC Cancer Survivor Support Group
The GW Cancer Center is proud to offer a number of free support groups and programs monthly. These groups are currently offered virtually on Zoom and are open to all patients in the DC Metro Area. If you are looking for additional support groups or programs, please contact your social worker or call 202-741-2582.
The all cancers group is open to all cancer patients and survivors. We meet on a bi-weekly basis to discuss common themes and give support. This group is open to all diagnoses.
Every Tuesday, 4:00-5:00pm
Gentle yoga is a relaxing yoga class that concentrates on meditation and breathing as well as gently stretching. All levels are welcome. This class is for people with cancer as well as their caregivers. To register or learn more, e-mail Sara at email@example.com or call 202-677-6902.
Head and Neck Group
1st Tuesday of each month, 12:30-1:30pm
This group includes patients/survivors and caregivers. The group convenes on a monthly basis and will incorporate education lectures coupled with emotional support. This group is facilitated by Victoria Tripp, LGSW. To register or learn more, e-mail Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-677-6229.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Twice monthly on Wednesdays, 1:00-1:30pm
Developing mindfulness skills can help combat stress, anxiety, and uncertainty in everyday life. Join us for regular sessions to help you better understand and transform your mind. All experience levels are welcome to attend! Open to patients, survivors, caregivers, medical professionals and the community. These sessions are led by Sara Field, LICSW, OSW-C. To register or learn more, e-mail Sara at email@example.com or call 202-677-6902.
Multiple Myeloma Group
3rd Tuesday of each month, 12:30-1:30pm
The Multiple Myeloma group is open to patients/survivors and their caregivers. Speakers are present at some meetings to provide education and offer support. This group is facilitated by Sara Field, LICSW, OSW-C. To register or learn more, e-mail Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-677-6902.
1st Monday of each month, 12:00-1:00pm
Nutrition Club is held monthly to discuss nutrition topics related to cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship. It is open to patients, caregivers, and providers. Please contact Jennifer Leon to RSVP:email@example.com.
Prostate Cancer Group
1st Tuesday of each month, 12:30-1:30pm
The Prostate cancer support group is open to patients and survivors. To register or learn more, e-mail Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-677-6229.
The GW Cancer Center is proud to partner with the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts for additional programing. In particular, we often refer to these groups:
Young Adult Cancer Meet-Up and Support Group
The young adult groups are specifically designed for those people ages 19-39 who are currently in treatment or have been treated for cancer. It is held online during this time. To register or learn more about this group, e-mail Carla Stillwagon at email@example.com or visit https://smithcenter.org/.
Caregiver Support Group
The Caregiver support group is a place to share common concerns, get and give advice, and learn coping skills. It is open to all people who are supporting a person with cancer. This group is hosted by the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and is facilitated by Julia Rowland, Ph.D. To register or learn more about this group, e-mail Carla Stillwagon at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://smithcenter.org.
Healing Circle for Metastatic Breast Cancer Thrivers 45+
This healing circle hosted by the Smith Center is for people who are 45 and older who are living and thriving with Metastatic Breast Cancer. This peer-led circle will provide a safe place to connect, support and share with one another. To register or learn more about this group visit https://smithcenter.org/.
Healing Circle for Young Adults with Metastatic Breast Cancer
This healing circle hosted by the Smith Center is for people who are 18-45 years of age who are living and thriving with Metastatic Breast Cancer. This peer-led circle will provide a safe place to connect, support and share with one another. To register or learn more about this group visit https://smithcenter.org/.
- Research & Education
Uncovering New Approaches to Cancer Treatment
Attracting outstanding scientists to expand and contribute to current research efforts is a primary goal of the Katzen Cancer Research Center. With state-of-the-art clinical facilities, the center is poised to considerably enhance its research efforts by adding scientists, clinicians and support staff dedicated to the discovery of new cancer therapies.
Each year, the Katzen Center provides the Innovative Pilot Cancer Research Grants Program, an intramural George Washington University research grants program awarding close to $500,000 annually. The grants explore uncharted territory in cancer research, with a goal of making significant improvements in cancer prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, and ultimately lead to a cure.
Katzen Center physicians conduct a wide variety of clinical trials in the areas of cancer treatment and research. A clinical trial is a research study to test how well investigational treatments work in patients. They are the safest and most effective way to examine a treatment for cancer. Participants in a clinical trial have access to up-to-date medical care from our Katzen Center physicians, new treatments and the best available standard of care for their type of cancer.
Areas of Research:
- Breast cancer
- Head & Neck cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Prostate cancer
For more information about specific grants and research, click here.
With its affiliation to the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Katzen Cancer Research Center has access to physicians who wear multiple hats – as clinicians, researchers and educators. Committed to sharing the latest knowledge and evidence, these faculty members contribute to better cancer care through education. As the research activities of the center expand, educational activities will be designed to ensure that new developments are shared with the entire cancer research community.
- Contact the Katz Center
Cancer Care Services in Washington, DC
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
22nd & I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Located one block from the Foggy Bottom Metro stop (Orange, Blue and Silver lines)
Garage parking is available either just east of our circular drive at 22nd & I Street, or on 22nd Street midway between I Street and Pennsylvania Ave.
Make a Gift
For questions about research, funding and donations, call (202) 741-2250. To learn more about donating online or by mail, click here.
- Ruth Paul Cancer Genetics & Prevention Service
Washington, DC Cancer Genetic Counseling
We Offer Virtual Health Visits!
Please call (202) 741-2210 to request an appointment. Please note: You will be prompted to download the Zoom software to use on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The software is free and safe to use. Learn more about our virtual visits.
The Ruth Paul Cancer Genetics & Prevention Service, we work with patients who have a personal history of cancer as well as those who are at high risk for developing cancer because of a known genetic mutation and/or a strong family history of cancer. Our role is to help patients understand and manage their risk of cancer by providing hereditary cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, genetic testing, and preventative care for high risk individuals.
Hereditary cancer risk is a rapidly growing field in medicine. The Ruth Paul Cancer Genetics & Prevention Service is dedicated to advancing our knowledge of hereditary cancer risk through medical research. Our program has a number of ongoing research studies in which our patients may participate.
Learn more about our Research.
What is Genetic Counseling?
Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. This process integrates the following:
- Interpretation of personal and family medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence.
- Education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research.
- Counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition.
(National Society of Genetic Counselors, 2009)
What to Expect During Your Visit
During the genetic counseling appointment:
- You will meet with a genetic counselor who will help you interpret your personal and family history.
- You will learn about the risks, benefits, and limitations of genetic testing.
- If appropriate, the genetic counselor will facilitate testing and then meet with you again to discuss results and personalized cancer screening recommendations.
- Depending on your genetic testing results, you may be referred to other specialists including the High Risk Breast Care Clinic.
Would I Benefit from Genetic Counseling?
Genetic counseling may be important if any of the following is true about you or your family:
- You or a close relative have been diagnosed with cancer at a young age
- Multiple family members have been diagnosed with the same type of cancer
- You or a close relative have been diagnosed with more than one type of cancer
- There is a known cancer predisposing mutation (e.g. BRCA) in the family
- Offered to all known hereditary cancer mutation carriers
- Establishes coordinated care with providers of multiple specialties
- Provides a medical “home” for managing their cancer risk
- Cancer Annual Report
Washington, DC Cancer Statistics
Our Cancer Annual Report provides an overview of the cancer registry data for patients treated at GW Hospital and The GW Medical Faculty Associates in the previous year, detailing trends in cancer care at GW in comparison to national American Cancer Society data.
The report also highlights many of the achievements of the GW Cancer Center's cancer initiatives - focused on community outreach, clinical care, research, and survivorship. In addition, the report lists contact information for GW's many cancer patient resources.
2014 GW Cancer Annual Report
We are pleased to present the 2014 Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program and the Comprehensive Breast Care Program Report for GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), GW Hospital, and The GW Medical Faculty Associates (GW MFA). In it, you will find information about our efforts in clinical care, community, research, and survivorship.
2012 GW Cancer Annual Report
We are pleased to present the 2012 Annual Report of the Cancer Program for the George Washington University. We are proud to have been recognized by the Commission on Cancer for creating a model program for optimal cancer survivorship. In the coming year we will build on our accomplishments as we continue to develop and improve our program.
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