Here at the GW Cancer Center, we aim to provide quality, personalized patient care and support.

Patient Navigation

Patient navigators are health care experts who help patients, their families and caregivers overcome barriers they may face in the health care system and facilitate access to medical care, supportive care, emotional support and resources. The GW Cancer Center provides patient navigation services across the cancer care continuum including:

GW patient navigators can help by addressing a variety of patient needs, such as:

  • Care coordination: Helping patients access the right care at the right time
  • Communication: Helping patients receive understandable health care and treatment information and to communicate with their health care team
  • Cultural, religious, spiritual or personal: Addressing patient concerns that may not align with treatment and helping patients and providers work together on a treatment plan
  • Distress and psychosocial: Helping patients and their loved ones address emotional challenges and coping with illness
  • Education and employment: Helping patients make decisions about work and school
  • Financial: Helping patients pay for treatment and other expenses
  • Insurance: Helping patients obtain/maintain insurance and address issues that arise
  • Logistical: Helping patients with other aspects of their lives that may be challenging, such as dependent care, housing, transportation or nutrition
  • Other: Helping patients identify/address other challenges in their lives like legal issues, substance abuse or domestic violence

Social Work

GW offers a team of oncology social workers available to provide counseling, which can help reduce stress for you and your family through all phases of your cancer care. The provide services across the cancer care continuum, including:

  • Working with patients to help them cope with a new diagnosis
  • Helping patients consider treatment options while taking into account work, family and other important life factors
  • Serving as liaisons between patients and their medical teams, helping to ensure patient and family goals are in line with treatment and the patient's perspective is taken into account
  • Helping patients understand benefits that may be available through their job, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, short- and long-term disability as well as federal programs such as Social Security Disability and Medicare

Our social work team works in conjunction with our patient navigators to ensure patients have access to the full range of comprehensive services they need throughout their cancer care experience.

Cancer Support Groups and Wellness Services

The GW Cancer Center with support provided by the Dr. Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Cancer Research Center (Katzen Center) understands how difficult a cancer diagnosis can be for the whole family. We offer a number of supportive and educational programs meeting bi-weekly or monthly to help you through your diagnosis. All support groups and meetings are open to all metro Washington, DC residents at no charge. Parking and light meals provided at many meetings. Schedule is subject to change due to holidays, weather conditions, or other unforeseen interruptions.

For more information, contact our social work team at (202) 741-2582.

Most support groups take place at the following location:
The GW Medical Faculty Associates (GW MFA)
2150 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20037

All Cancers (formerly "Active Treatment")  
Open to all cancer patients and survivors currently in treatment. Meets on a bi-weekly basis to discuss common themes and provide support. This group is open to all diagnoses. 
Second and Fourth Wednesday
each month, 12:30–1:30 pm
GW Cancer Center Board Room
MFA, first floor, 1-402
Facilitator: Oncology Social Worker 
202-677-6229

Caregiver Support Group  
Open to caregivers of those diagnosed with cancer to share common concerns, give and receive advice and learn coping skills. Registration required. 
Third Tuesday each month, 12:30–1:30 pm 
GW Cancer Center Board Room 
MFA, first floor, 1-402 
Facilitator: Oncology Social Worker
202-741-2582

Gentle Yoga
This group introduces patients and caregivers to the physical and emotional benefits of yoga.
Tuesdays, 4–5 pm
GW Marvin Center,
Fifth floor activities room
800 21st St., NW
Facilitator: Yael Flusberg 
dgarcia@mfa.gwu.edu
202-741-2582

Head and Neck Cancer Group
For head and neck cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Registration required.
First Tuesday each month, 12:30–1:30 pm
GW Cancer Center Board Room
MFA, first floor, 1-402
Facilitator: Oncology Social Worker
202-741-2582

Metastatic Breast Cancer Group

This group is open to metastatic breast cancer patients. Registration required.
Fourth Tuesday of each month, 12:00-1:00 pm
GW Cancer Center Board Room
MFA, first floor, 1-402
Facilitator: Oncology Social Worker
202-741-2582

Multiple Myeloma Group
This group is open to multiple myeloma patients/survivors and caregivers. Registration required.
Third Tuesday each month,
5:30–6:30 pm
GW Cancer Center Board Room
MFA, first floor, 1-402
Facilitator: Oncology Social Worker
202-741-2582

Nutrition Club
First Monday each month,
Noon–1 pm
GW Cancer Center Board Room
MFA, first floor, 1-402
Facilitator: Jennifer Leon
jleon@mfa.gwu.edu
202-677-6489

Prostate Cancer Educational Group
The prostate cancer educational group is open to patients, survivors and their caregivers. Registration required.
Second Tuesday each month,
6–7 pm
GW Cancer Center Board Room
MFA, first floor, 1-402
Facilitator: Oncology Social Worker
202-741-2582

Survivorship Series
An educational series featuring a different speaker each month.
Second Thursday each month, 11:45 am–12:45 pm
GW Cancer Center Board Room
MFA, first floor, 1-402
Facilitator: Oncology Social Worker
202-741-2582

DC Young Adult Cancer Meet Up and Support Group
Young adults (19 to 39 years of age) who are currently in treatment or are cancer survivors.
Third Sunday of each month,
5–6:30 pm
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U St, NW
Facilitator: Oncology Social Workers
To RSVP, call the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts at 202-483-8600 or visit smithcenter.org

Parking is validated for all groups at the GW Cancer Center.