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Become an informed advocate

The Georgetown Lombardi Breast Cancer Patient Advocate Committee includes diverse members who have made it their mission to help those with breast cancer by working with both researchers and patients. Members range from a 28 year-old medical student with a family history of cancer to a 72 year-old cancer survivor of 20 years. They stay informed about current research, help raise money, explain new research possibilities to patients, and help keep the researchers focused on what patients need.

Become a researcher

Consider putting your skills to use by battling cancer with systems biology. Solving cancer takes a truly interdisciplinary team of biologists, chemists, computer scientists, physicists, and engineers. If you are studying any of these fields and think you’d like to join the fight, please consider taking some courses in related fields. Understanding some of the basic vocabulary in the different fields is important. If you are an engineer or computer scientist, taking a biology course or two would be beneficial. If you are a biologist, understanding statistics and mathematics would be beneficial. See Georgetown’s Interdisciplinary MD/MS program in Systems Medicine.


If you are interested in financially supporting cancer research, please consider earmarking your donation for cancer systems biology either by funding a scholarship for graduate students or directly funding the research. Please contact Elissa Ernst at for more information.

Become an informed citizen

If you or someone you love has suffered from cancer, you probably want to know what’s being done to make that struggle easier in the future. We invite you to stay informed about current cancer research and lead the conversations around you. By understanding the latest research directions, you can help share the hope among patients and families. As an informed citizen, you can help influence public awareness and help policy makers make their funding decisions count.



The family history factor in breast cancer

Lombardi researchers have found that in rats, exposure of a pregnant mother to estrogenic compounds can result in increased risk of cancer in daughters, granddaughters, and even great granddaughters.