Gift of life Breakfast

CBCC Honors Patient Navigation Pioneer at Gift of Life Breakfast

(October 17, 2017) — At the 10th Annual Gift of Life breakfast, more than 200 supporters of the Capital Breast Care Center gathered at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel to celebrate the community-based program and its mission — providing patient navigation services and access to breast cancer screenings to all women, regardless of their ability to pay.

Since its formation in 2004, CBCC has screened 14,965 women in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area for cancer, a number that was proudly announced by Lucile Adams-Campbell, PhD, associate director for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at the October 10 event. However, about 30 percent of the population in the same area has never had a mammogram, she said.

“What we really need to do is strengthen our efforts to provide accessible and affordable screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer,” said Louis M. Weiner, MD, director of Georgetown Lombardi. Through its navigation services,“ the CBCC is fundamental in making that happen.”

One way that CBCC will work to reach even more women within their communities is with a new van that transports patients to cancer screenings. The van was purchased with donations from generous supporters. “You may have noticed our new van parked in front of the hotel,” Adams-Campbell said. “You will see it throughout the Washington metropolitan area routinely.”