Georgetown Lombardi Hosts Patient/Physician Symposium Focused on GI Cancers

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WASHINGTON (Nov. 29, 2016) – The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers (new window) at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (new window) hosts its 7th Annual  “Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancer,” a symposium for medical professionals, patients and advocates, Dec. 1-3, 2016.

Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancer, a three-part symposium for medical professionals, patients and advocates.

Thursday, December 1
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Maggiano’s Little Italy, Tyson’s Corner

“GI Cancers 2016: Year in Review” will discuss the emerging field of molecular diagnostics and new therapies, including immune therapies, that are beginning to have impact on patient care.

Friday, December 2
9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.; Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
Special Session: “Risk and Surveillance of Liver Cancer” looks to increase awareness of liver cancer and its risk factors

10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.; Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
Special Session: “Young Adult Colorectal Cancer” will focus on the efforts to promote increased research and awareness among patients and physicians about the unique characteristics of early-onset CRC.

11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
“Collaborative Cancer Care – A Multidisciplinary Approach” will include interactive sessions related to the multidisciplinary management of GI cancer care. Content will be presented in three tracks; Medical Oncology, Surgery/Radiation Oncology, and Nursing/Patient Advocacy with plenaries focusing on key areas of change in GI.

Saturday, December 3
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
This year’s Patient Symposium will bring patients and families disease-specific information and education, tools for managing their cancer care, and engage them in a discussion of the promise of emerging therapeutic approaches in cancer care and the concerns related to understanding the growing array of treatment options.

Complete agenda details can be found here. (new window)

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The Ruesch Center mission:
Combining expertise in molecular medicine, translational research, and a patient-centered philosophy, the Ruesch Center will realize the dream of individualized curative therapies through research, care, and advocacy.

About Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center — the only cancer center of its kind in the Washington, DC area. A part of Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Georgetown Lombardi 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. Connect with Georgetown Lombardi on Facebook (new window) ( and Twitter (new window) (@LombardiCancer).

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through 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 & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization, which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. Connect with GUMC on Facebook (new window) (, Twitter (new window) (@gumedcenter) and Instagram (new window) (@gumedcenter).