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GW Cancer Center Mission and Focus

The George Washington University (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 vision of the GW Cancer Center is to create a cancer-free world through groundbreaking research, innovative education and equitable care for all. Its mission is to drive transformational research, personalized therapy, family-centered care, and cancer policy in the Nation’s Capital. The GW Cancer Center's organizational values anchor our work: credibility, transparency, inclusivity, innovation and patient-centricity.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Reaching out to the community in which we are located to raise awareness about cancer prevention, screening, and treatment and to offer access to care. The District of Columbia, where the GW Cancer Center is located, is ranked highest in overall cancer mortality in the nation.
  • Providing patient-centered support across the cancer continuum through patient navigation, patient education and post-treatment holistic care.
  • Tracking cancer incidence and mortality locally, regionally, and nationally to study why certain cancers appear where they do as a first step toward prevention.
  • Leading the way in the creation and implementation of survivorship programs for people with cancer.
  • Catalyzing collaborative research to reduce cancer health disparities and improve survivor wellness.

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