Breast Cancer Care at MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
One in eight women will hear the phrase, “you have breast cancer.” It’s the most common cancer among American women, affecting thousands in the Southern Maryland region each year. But there’s good news: thanks to early detection, emerging technologies, and new treatment options, more people than ever are surviving – and thriving – after breast cancer treatment. Over the last 40 years, 5-year survival rates have increased from 74 percent to more than 88 percent, according to the Cancer Network.
And there’s more good news: if you or someone you love is diagnosed with breast cancer, you don’t have to travel far to get the best care. MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center combines a team of fellowship-trained breast cancer experts working together, the best cancer-fighting technology, and leading-edge therapies, including access to clinical trials, all in a convenient location.
Opened in 2020, our new cancer center brings breast imaging, infusion/chemotherapy services, surgery, and radiation therapy all under the same roof to provide the best possible care to women who live and work in Prince George’s County and the Southern Maryland region.
Diagnosing Breast Cancer
Our cancer center features a new, state-of-the-art outpatient women’s diagnostic imaging suite, accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our beautiful facility, staffed by fellowship-trained breast imaging experts, offers high-tech equipment for 3D mammography, with SmartCurve™ technology that makes mammograms more comfortable. Stereotactic and ultrasound breast biopsy capabilities are now all in one place.
About one week after your biopsy, you’ll come in to review the results with our team. Our quick turnaround time means you’ll spend less time worrying.
We offer mammogram appointments Monday to Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Treating Breast Cancer
To fight breast cancer, having the right treatment plan is crucial. Our team collaborates with experts from across MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute to develop the best treatment plan for each patient’s cancer. Every breast cancer patient’s case is discussed at a bi-weekly cancer conference. All members of the team – breast surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, pathology, radiology – come together to discuss how best to approach that patient’s cancer.
The resulting treatment plan – developed by the region’s top breast cancer experts – is delivered at MedStar Southern Maryland's convenient community location.
Why Choose MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Southern Maryland
Unmatched expertise in breast cancer care
As part of MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute, our physician teams are specialists in your particular type of breast cancer. Our research engine is the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Washington, D.C. region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. This partnership allows you access to cutting-edge clinical trials and the latest breakthroughs in cancer care. And because our physicians are based here at MedStar Southern Maryland, you get the benefit of nationally renowned cancer specialists in your own backyard. It’s how we offer you tomorrow’s breast cancer treatments, today.
A comprehensive multidisciplinary team, together under one roof
Breast cancer patients at MedStar Southern Maryland don’t have to travel between different clinics and office locations to meet with their treatment teams. Here, our multidisciplinary team is all under one roof, where we can coordinate and collaborate on each patient’s treatment plan and communicate about the patient’s progress.
With easy access to our experts, you can meet with different members of your treatment team on the same day, getting you the care you need quickly. We can bring new patients in for a consultation within a couple of days. We also collaborate with your referring doctor to keep your physician informed of your progress along the way.
Full range of treatments available
We offer many different diagnostic and treatment options for breast cancer, including breast surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Surgical options for breast cancer include lumpectomies (removing the tumor and a small amount of surrounding tissue) and mastectomies (removing the entire breast). Our renowned breast surgery team uses breast-conserving approaches and hidden scar techniques whenever possible. Patients can also undergo mastectomy with breast reconstruction surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and have all of their postsurgical care here at MedStar Southern Maryland.
We also offer newer treatments such as targeted therapy, which matches the treatment to the specific tumor type, and immunotherapy, which harnesses your body’s own immune system and uses it to fight the cancer. And because we’re part of MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute, we have access to a full range of the newest treatment innovations through the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center's robust clinical trial program.
Advanced, specialized equipment and technology
Our cancer center offers specialized equipment and technology, including Halcyon™, a new kind of radiotherapy offering faster, more accurate treatment. Halcyon’s image guidance system delivers radiation with greater efficiency and greater comfort for the patient – all with the same precision. In the rare event that we don’t have the right treatment available on site, our relationship with MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute means our patients have seamless access to technology throughout the region.
Women fighting breast cancer shouldn’t have to travel far to get excellent care. At MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Southern Maryland, you don’t have to choose between convenient access and excellent care.
Support every step of the way
Our team offers wonderful patient support and education resources for people newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Our oncology social worker specializes in breast cancer case management, supporting the patient and family and connecting them with the resources they need throughout their treatment journey.
Our breast cancer nurse navigators educate patients about what to expect, coordinate appointments and records, answer questions, and serve as trusted guides and advisors throughout the process. With our coordinated, patient-centered approach, you’ll never be alone.