Cancer Detection, Diagnosis, Treatment and Support
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The GW Cancer Center provides exemplary clinical services for prompt detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer as well as support programs and follow-up care for the following types of cancer:
Schedule an Appointment
Please fill out our general appointment form below or call our referral service at 888-4GW-DOCS.
Get Screened for Cancer
Cancer screenings can help detect cancer early, which helps reduce death rates. The GW Cancer Center offers advanced screening procedures for a wide range of cancers.
Specialty Breast Cancer Care for Women
The GW Comprehensive Breast Center provides multi-disciplinary breast care services for the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer using state-of-the-art technologies unavailable at any other breast center in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The Center's spa-like interior offers a comforting setting for patients to receive comprehensive care from internationally recognized specialists at the GW Cancer Center.
Radiation Oncology Center — A Leader in Innovative Cancer Treatment
Radiation therapy is used in more than half of all cancer treatments today and these therapies are becoming increasingly more effective with new technologies that permit ultra-precise dose delivery. The dedicated and supportive staff at GW Cancer Center's Radiation Oncology Center provide each patient with personalized world class medical care and use many of the latest medical treatment techniques, such as image-guided radiation therapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy, to treat cancer.
Innovative Treatment for HPV-Positive Patients
Radiation is often not needed in HPV-positive head and neck cancer. Many patients can be given chemotherapy alone to shrink the tumor until it’s small enough to be surgically removed.
Learn more about how the GW Cancer Center is using this innovative treatment at nature.com →
Partnerships and Research
When it comes to cancer, GW Cancer Center has a distinguished national and international reputation of high academic achievement, groundbreaking research and innovative technology.
As part of an academic medical center, GW Cancer Center works closely with the GW School of Medicine and Health Services (SMHS) and GW Medical Faculty Associates in the areas of cancer research and patient care.
GW Cancer Center's patients have access to a variety of clinical trials and educational opportunities through The GW Cancer Institute. Housed within SMHS, The GW Cancer Institute is dedicated to providing groundbreaking research, educational programs and community outreach to the Washington metropolitan area.
Washington, DC is ranked highest in overall cancer mortality in the nation. From a research and outreach perspective, the GW Cancer Institute seeks to further understand why certain cancers predominate in a community and why certain cancers disproportionately affect certain population groups such as minorities.
GW Cancer Center
The GW Cancer Center brings all efforts of the GW entities together, including GW Hospital, The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The GW Medical Faculty Associates and the Milken Institute School of Public Health. Learn more about the partnership >
Patient Story: Joel Hinzman
Joel was diagnosed with stage four oral cancer. After participating in a clinical study at GW Cancer Center, he is now cancer free.
Patient Story: Antoinette Brosset
Antoinette tackled breast cancer in 2017 at GW Hospital, and when cancer "knocked on her door a second time" in 2018 with a colorectal cancer diagnosis, her GW team was there for her again, every step of the way, with support, compassion and an innovative treatment alternative. Read more about her recovery that was "a breeze."
The Cancer Annual Report
The Cancer Annual Report provides an overview of the cancer registry data for patients treated at GW Cancer Center and The GW Medical Faculty Associates*, detailing trends in cancer care at GW in comparison to national American Cancer Society data.
- Download the 2018 Annual Report (PDF) >
- Download the 2017 Annual Report (PDF) >
- Download the 2016 Annual Report (PDF) >
- Download the 2015 Annual Report (PDF) >
- Download the 2014 Annual Report (PDF) >
- Download the 2013 Annual Report (PDF) >
- Download the 2012 Annual Report (PDF) >
*Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of The George Washington University Hospital. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.
Awards and Recognition
GW Cancer Center has been recognized for the following achievements in cancer:
- National Re-Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
- Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
- Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers