Nurses are an integral part of patient care in a variety of roles and settings in the division:
- Inpatient Unit Nurse: a large staff of specialty certified oncology nurses who serve on the oncology inpatient units.
- Primary Chemotherapy Nurse: specially trained nurses assigned to each Fellow. Specific responsibilities include chemotherapy, blood product administration, patient education, symptom management, and discharge planning.
- Nurse Practitioners: nurses with extensive medical preparation who work in collaboration with attending physicians and Fellows to deliver care to selected, groups of patients. They obtain medical history, perform physical exams and order tests and treatments.
- Clinical Research Nurses: nurses who manage patients in clinical trials.
- Case Managers: nurses who follow patients with specific diagnoses.
Inpatient Units. The division has two dedicated inpatient wards at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital: a 20-bed solid tumor ward, and an 18-bed BMT/hematologic malignancies ward.
Outpatient Clinic. The outpatient department of the Division of Hematology/Oncology is the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, the site for a wide range of multidisciplinary clinics and the primary location for outpatient cancer activities at Georgetown.
Oncology Infusion Center. Chemotherapy and blood component therapy is administered in MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s dedicated oncology infusion center, which has 14 infusion chairs and a six-bed day hospital. The infusion center also is equipped with a laboratory to facilitate pharmacokinetics studies that require repeated blood sampling.
Basic Science Research Center. With the completion of the Medical Center’s research building in the fall of 1994, the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center occupies three floors of the six-story research building. The Research Building contains laboratories, cancer center administrative offices, lecture halls, and meeting rooms.
Computer Facilities. In addition to the Hospital Information System, the cancer center has a dedicated internal computer network maintained by three full-time staff members. The network also accesses the medical library information system, which has client access to other academic institutions and databases.
Dahlgren Medical Library. The Dahlgren Medical Library, a state-of-the-art facility with computer access to international medical bibliographic services and databases, serves Georgetown University Medical Center. The library’s collection is composed of approximately 170,000 books and bound journals, more than 1,800 journal subscriptions, and more than 13,000 audiovisual programs and microcomputer software programs.
Campus Services. Adjacent to the cancer center is the Leavey Center, which houses a conference center, hotel, cafeteria, restaurants, and the University bookstore. The University’s Yates Field House also is adjacent to the cancer center and has indoor tennis, squash, and racquetball courts, as well as a pool and exercise facilities. Yates is available for use by all members of the university community for an annual fee.