“Best Hospitals” cancer-care score: 46.5/100
Genomic science, clinical trials.
Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute is located on the campus of Inova Fairfax Hospital, a leading medical center near the nation’s capital. U.S. News & World Report gives its highest grade to Inova Schar Cancer Institute in the category of advanced technology use. The center is noted for applying genomic science to individualized treatment. A molecular tumor board comprised of physicians, oncologists, researchers and genetic counselors has been established for the purpose of determining which potential targeted therapies and clinical trial enrollments will be most appropriate in each patient’s unique situation. This board encourages patient and family member participation. Schar Cancer Institute emphasizes patient-centered care. Oncology nurse navigators are assigned to patients for the purposes of explaining and expediting procedures, and offering moral support. A number of the facility’s cancer doctors are listed among Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Doctors.” Schar Cancer Institute has recently sought to increase its ranks of nationally and internationally recognized cancer physicians and researchers.