The Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Research Center at Georgetown University has received a $4.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute for the construction of a building to house the center.
The center's research and treatment programs are now housed within the Georgetown University Medical Center compley. The grant will provide for the construction of a five-story research center with 36 beds for inpatients as well as a large outpatient area, laboratory and basic research facility.
University officials have chosen a site for the center overlooking the Georgetown football field where the Redskins football team and coach Vince Lombardi, for whom the center is named, practiced. Lombardi died of cancer at Georgetown in 1970.
One of the center's special features will be the establishment of a separate adolescent cancer treatment program for young persons whose needs are not met by either pediatric or adult medicine.
In 1974, the National Cancer Institute designated the Lombardi Center as one of 19 comprehensive cancer center programs in the country. There are now 27 physicians and researchers attached to the center, doing full-time research, teaching or patient care.
The university is also attempting to raise private funds to supplement the NCI grant.