The GW Cancer Institute (GWCI) is in its second year of funding from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help increase the quality of survivorship care for D.C.-area breast cancer survivors.
As a result of a $500,000 grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure given in January of 2012, GWCI has been able to help cancer survivors as they experience the physical, psychological and practical challenges in the months and years that follow their cancer treatment. With nearly 14 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today, GWCI plays a leading role in improving survivorship care in the D.C. community and nationally. Seventy-five percent of funds raised through the Global Race for the Cure support national capital area programs like the citywide survivorship initiative at GWCI.
"Cancer survivorship continues to garner increased attention from patients and providers with the new Commission on Cancer survivorship care planning standard issued last year," said Mandi Pratt-Chapman, associate director of GWCI Community Programs. "Through Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the GW Cancer Institute is building the capacity of other cancer centers to improve post-treatment care for breast cancer survivors and helping survivors manage their wellness on their own terms through our novel self-management program. We have provided direct service to nearly 1,000 breast cancer patients last year with Komen's support."
"Our partnership with GWCI allows us to serve the most vulnerable women in the region with programs that give them a fighting chance for a good quality of life and recovery from this disease," said Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "GW's work is well known and widely respected as a model for delivering quality care to women who otherwise might be forced by economic or other circumstances to go without even rudimentary care."
As the first and most comprehensive survivorship program in D.C., GWCI has trained and educated a variety area health care providers on caring for breast cancer survivors; expanded efforts, in partnership with the GW Medical Faculty Associates, to support patients in treatment and post-treatment through patient navigation, transportation and appointment assistance, nutrition support, and the Thriving After Cancer survivorship clinic; and empowered breast cancer survivors to optimize their wellness through community education programs.