About the Prostate Center
The Prostate Center at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is a multidisciplinary clinic where physicians and scientists interact to advance state-of-the-art treatment of patients with the goal of curing prostate cancer and maximizing quality of life.
Urological surgeons, radiation oncologists, population scientists, medical oncologists and patient advocates works together to develop clinical protocols that translate laboratory and technical discoveries to the clinic. A strong basic science research program is working to develop novel drugs and therapies that minimize intervention and maximize quality of life during prostate cancer treatment.
There are five components to the center:
- A multidisciplinary clinic to serve patients and their families
- An integrated comprehensive clinical translational research program
- An emphasis on quality of life in the context of curative treatment
- Basic scientific investigations in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment
- Drug discovery and development to identify molecular targets for new therapies.
Under the leadership of John Lynch, MD, chief of Urology at Georgetown University Hospital, the Prostate Center was established in 2006. Since that time, two new faculty members have been recruited to the Prostate Center – including renowned prostate medical oncologist Nancy Dawson, MD – and a second CyberKnife has been ordered to accommodate the demand for these procedures.
Over the course of a man’s life, an estimated 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer – a number that will only increase the population ages. In 2007 alone, the National Cancer Institute estimates that nearly a quarter of a million men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States.
Georgetown Lombardi is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Washington metropolitan area. As such, we have a moral as well as scientific imperative to understand the genetic basis and therapeutic implications behind the nation’s growing prostate cancer statistics. Lombardi’s Prostate Center is the first multidisciplinary center of its kind in the Nation’s Capital.
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