Suburban Hospital's cancer care program is dedicated to preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer for residents in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. In partnership with community physicians, staff, other health care providers and research affiliates, the program provides a comprehensive range of high quality, compassionate and cost-effective services, including health education, screening, clinical research, diagnosis, treatment, psychosocial support and palliative care. The cancer program, part of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, is committed to the early detection of cancers. At the two free skin cancer screenings held in 2019, 75 community members were examined by board-certified dermatologists. Four basal cell carcinomas and two squamous cell carcinomas were detected. In addition, 14 community members were screened for oral, head and neck cancers by board-certified otolaryngologists; two with abnormal findings were referred for further evaluation.
While our cancer program addresses all forms of cancer, we offer comprehensive medical services for these conditions:
- Brain Cancer
The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has surgical and radiation oncology specialists at Suburban Hospital who work with medical oncology specialists at Sibley Memorial Hospital, providing comprehensive care close to home.
- Breast Program
Comprehensive breast services are available.
- Head and Neck Cancer
The Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Cancer Center and our multidisciplinary team made up of specialists from multiple clinical areas provide comprehensive care in treatment and post-treatment services.
- Brain Cancer
Our radiation oncology program provides the most effective and safe radiation therapy treatments to our patients. Conveniently located near Suburban Hospital, our specialists care for patients seeking radiation therapy for both cancerous and benign conditions.
We offer a unique mix of Johns Hopkins faculty expertise, state-of-the-art technology, advanced clinical trials and industry leading safety and quality protocols. Our experienced staff are deeply committed to the needs of our patients, and bring their compassion to all parts of the treatment experience.
Our Leading-Edge Technology
In radiation therapy, targeting a tumor while avoiding damage to healthy tissue is the ultimate goal, and our team in Bethesda has a wide array of advanced tools available to tailor treatment.
Available technologies include:
- Advanced CT simulation
- 3-D conformal radiation therapy (CRT)
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
- Image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT)
- Electronic tissue compensation (ETC)
- Deep Inspiratory Breath Hold Technique (DIBH) / Active Breath Control (ABC)
- 4-Dimensional CT Scanning (4DCT)
- Y-90 Treatment
- Transperineal interstitial brachytherapy
- Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)
Learn more about radiation oncology at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.
Our 26-bed inpatient oncology unit cares for medical and surgical oncology patients and is staffed with nurses trained in oncology care and chemotherapy administration. The unit educator is certified by the oncology nursing society to assist with educational needs of both staff and patients.
Other professionals available to patients include a dietician, pain management nurse practitioner and a wound/ostomy/continence specialist. Suburban Hospital's program is unique in that social workers address the individual needs of our patients. The hospital social worker coordinates discharge planning needs while the clinical oncology social workers provide emotional support, counseling and referrals to cancer program outpatient support services.
Patient and Family Services
The cancer program at Suburban Hospital offers a variety of programs and resources to support you during your visits.
The Oncology Research Program, in partnership with local oncologists, offers patients access to leading-edge clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute’s Cooperative Group Program or by pharmaceutical companies. These clinical trials study investigational drugs, new combinations of standard treatments for cancer or cancer prevention in high-risk patients. Ask your physician if you are eligible to participate in one of our many clinical trials.