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Lombardi treats virtually every type of cancer, with a particular emphasis in solid tumors, and adult and pediatric hematologic cancers. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Georgetown among America's 50 Best Hospitals in the area of cancer, reflecting the excellence in care delivered at Lombardi. In July 2000, Georgetown University Hospital became part of MedStar Health, a not-for-profit network of hospitals serving communities throughout the Baltimore and Washington areas.

To maximize the potential of the MedStar Health partnership, Lombardi and MedStar are working together to create a multi-site research network. The network is expanding access to Lombardi's clinical trials throughout the MedStar family of hospitals; together, we see more than 7,000 new cancer cases a year. This effort will increase emphasis on minority accrual and expedite the clinical research process.

Patients treated at Lombardi benefit from the most advanced clinical techniques and equipment, including:

  • CyberKnife, the latest advance in radiation therapy, is a robotic system that delivers precise and concentrated beams of radiation, offering a new option for inoperable tumors and lesions of the brain, neck and spine. Georgetown University Hospital was one of the first area hospitals to install a CyberKnife and is now expanding its capabilities with a second facility.

  • Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center has a significant Phase 1 clinical trials program, which brings potential new cancer therapies into the clinic. Through this program, our physicians offer cancer patients access to the newest advances in cancer therapy.

  • The Jess and Mildred Fisher Center for Familial Cancer Research offers patients diagnosed or with a family history hereditary cancers the opportunity to receive genetic counseling and testing. Each patient is automatically enrolled in the program which creates a familial risk profile that allows doctors to more easily identify and counsel patients at high risk.

The Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at Lombardi, opened in 1998, combines in one location all the services needed for optimal breast health. With one appointment, women have access to services including breast examinations, imaging, second opinions, advanced diagnostic procedures such as ductal lavage and core breast biopsies, and genetic testing and counseling.

Lombardi clinicians also participate in multidisciplinary breast cancer, thoracic cancer, GI cancer, and neuro-oncology conferences. All four of these conferences provide patients with coordinated care that brings together in one appointment all of the specialists involved in their treatment.


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