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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2009


CONTACT:

Tressa Kirby
202-687-8865
tk275@georgetown.edu


Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL) to Visit the ‘Capital Breast Care Center’ in SE Washington


What: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz, a breast cancer survivor, will tour the Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC), the only community based facility providing mammography services in DC metropolitan area. The Center provides breast cancer screening services to women of the District, regardless of their ability to pay. Wasserman Shultz will meet with a patient whose cancer was first detected at the CBCC. Wasserman Shultz will tour the new digital mammography suite and hear details about CBCC’s comprehensive support services.


Where: Capital Breast Care Center
650 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite # 230
Washington, DC


When: Friday, Oct. 2nd, 2009


10:30am-11:00am: Congresswoman Wasserman Shultz tours CBCC


11:00am-11:30am: Congresswoman Wasserman Shultz available for one-on-one interviews. Patient and members of the CBCC team also available.

Background: The CBCC opened its doors in April 2004 and is a community partnership between the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center, and the Washington Hospital Center for Breast Health. The CBCC uses a three-pronged approach to combat breast cancer: offering screening to underserved and underinsured women, providing a patient navigator to support women who receive a diagnosis of cancer, and educating women throughout the community about breast cancer risks and the need for screening. Since its inception in 2004, more than 5,000 women have been screened and 64 women have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The Center now offers state-of-the-art digital mammography. If a woman's mammogram has an abnormal finding, the CBCC team provides patient navigation services to help women gain access to follow-up care. For more information please visit www.capitalbreastcare.org.


About Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital, seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic and clinical research, patient care, community education and outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future. Lombardi is one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, and the only one in the Washington, DC, area. For more information, go to http://lombardi.georgetown.edu.

About Georgetown University Medical Center

Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through Georgetown’s affiliation with MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), home to 60 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.


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