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) supports a wide variety of holistic and wellness services for cancer patients and their families. These groups are free of charge and open to the community.

The GW Medical Faculty Associates (GW MFA)
2150 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20037

Active Treatment (all cancers)
Open to patients currently undergoing treatment.
Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 12:30-1:30 pm MFA, first floor, 1-402
Facilitator: Jennifer Bires, LICSW
(202) 741-2218

Caregivers' Support Group
Share common concerns, give and receive advice, and learn coping skills. 
Third Tuesday of each month, 12:30-1:45 pm, MFA, first floor, 1-402
Facilitator: Lindsay Blair, LICSW
(202) 677-6229

Gentle Yoga
This group introduces patients and caregivers to the physical and emotional benefits of yoga.
Tuesdays, 5-6 pm, GW Marvin Center, fifth floor activities room
800 21st St. N.W.
Facilitator: Jennifer Bires, LICSW
(202) 741-2218

Gynecological Cancer Support Group
First and third Wednesday of each month, 12:30-1:30 pm, Katzen Center board room
Facilitator: Lindsay Blair, LICSW
(202) 677-6229

Multiple Myeloma Group
This group is open to multiple myeloma patients, survivors, and caregivers. Meetings feature speakers as well as education and support. Please call to register.
Fourth Thursday of each month, 5:30-6:30 pm, MFA Katzen Center board room
Facilitator: Jennifer Bires, LICSW
(202) 741-2218

Nutrition Club
First Monday of each month, noon-1 pm, MFA Katzen Center board room
Facilitator: Jennifer Leon
(202) 741-6489

Prostate Cancer Educational Group
The prostate cancer educational group is free and open to patients, survivors, and caregivers in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Second Tuesday of each month, 6-7:30 pm, MFA first floor, 1-402
Facilitator: Lindsay Blair, M.S.W.
(202) 677-6229

Survivorship Series
An educational series featuring a different speaker each month.
Second Thursday of each month, 11:45 am -12:45 pm, MFA Katzen Center board room
Facilitator: Lindsay Blair, M.S.W.
(202) 677-6229

Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Brain Tumor Support Group
This group is open to patients/survivors with brain tumors and their caregivers. Outside professional speakers provide discussion on key topics.
First Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:30 pm, MFA Katzen Center board room
Facilitator: Jennifer Bires, LICSW
(202) 741-2218

Young Adult Group
Young adults (19 to 39 years of age) who are currently in treatment or are cancer survivors may attend this structured discussion group facilitated by two social workers.
Third Sunday of each month, 5;6:30 pm, The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009.
Facilitators: Jennifer Bires, LICSW and Cheryl Hughes, LICSW
(202) 741-2218