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SCCA Proton Therapy’s multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment ensures that patients receive continuous, integrated care and support. When you’re receiving proton therapy, you may need other medical care. Our affiliation with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and UW Medical Center can provide you with additional medical services, especially if you are not under the care of a local doctor or hospital. UW Medicine’s Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is conveniently located next to the Center. Of course, we’ll also keep your referring physician updated on your course of treatment.

Children receiving proton therapy will get special care and support from our partner, Seattle Children’s. Seattle Children’s is one of the nation’s top pediatric cancer programs. Radiation cancer doctors, along with an entire team of experts from Children’s, will work together to lead the treatment plan for your child.

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

SCCA Proton Therapy works closely with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) on many fronts. Our patient services department works with SCCA House to provide housing and community events, and refers patients to SCCA for nutritional services and psychosocial support. Our clinical team works with SCCA to coordinate care with their medical oncologists, or to schedule further testing.

SCCA is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, and Seattle Children’s. SCCA’s goal, every day, is to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors. SCCA’s purpose is to lead the world in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

At SCCA over 300 oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, and other clinicians treat thousands of patients for many types of cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer. SCCA patients have access to the latest cancer treatments including stem cell and bone marrow transplantation, gene therapy, high-dose chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, minimally invasive surgical techniques, and other specialized therapies.

SCCA patients may be seen at the SCCA outpatient clinic on Lake Union or at UW Medical Center. Pediatric patients may be seen at the SCCA outpatient clinic and Seattle Children’s. If overnight hospital stays are necessary, adult patients go to UWMC and pediatric patients go to Seattle Children’s.

Additional Links
Life After Cancer
http://www.seattlecca.org/fred-hutchinson-cancer-survivorship-program.cfm

Video library
http://www.seattlecca.org/video-library.cfm

Seattle Children’s Hospital

SCCA Proton Therapy’s pediatric care partner is Seattle Children’s. Our patient services department works closely with guest services at Seattle Children’s to coordinate child life specialist visits and social worker support. Patient services can also help arrange housing at Ronald McDonald House. Clinically, all our childhood cancer patients establish care at Seattle Children’s, where their treatment is followed closely on a weekly basis. SCCA Proton Therapy uses anesthesiologists from Seattle Children’s who are especially trained to work with children.

Consistently ranked as one of the top ten children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Additional Links
Proton Therapy
http://www.seattlechildrens.org/clinics-programs/cancer/services/proton-therapy/

Oncology
http://www.seattlechildrens.org/clinics-programs/cancer/services/oncology-program/

Cancer Research
http://www.seattlechildrens.org/clinics-programs/cancer/research-and-advances/

UW Medicine

SCCA Proton Therapy works closely with UW Medicine to coordinate care and to provide emergency care if necessary. UW Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and other health professionals.

UW Medicine owns or operates Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, a network of nine UW Neighborhood Clinics that provide primary care and secondary care, the physician practice UW Physicians, the UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest.

UW faculty includes 3 living Nobel Prize winners (5 in our history), 35 Institute of Medicine members, 32 National Academy of Sciences members and 13 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.

Additional Links
Resources
http://www.uwmedicine.org/patient-resources/

Research
http://www.uwmedicine.org/research

Cancer Care
http://www.uwmedicine.org/services/cancer-care

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

SCCA Proton Therapy works closely with Northwest Hospital & Medical Center to coordinate care and to provide emergency care if necessary. SCCA Proton Therapy is conveniently located on the Northwest Hospital campus, which means patients can take advantage of physical therapy or pharmacy needs within walking distance. In addition, patient services frequently refers patients to Cancer Lifeline at Northwest Hospital for exercise and yoga classes and support groups.

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit community hospital, offering comprehensive medical, surgical and therapeutic services. With 281 beds, more than 1900 employees and top-ranked medical staff, Northwest Hospital provides innovative, technologically advanced care on a patient-friendly, easy-access campus just north of Seattle.

Additional Links
Patient & Visitor Info
http://nwhospital.org/visitorinfo/

Cancer Care
http://nwhospital.org/services/cancercare.asp

Classes & Events
http://nwhospital.org/classes/special_events_cal.asp

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network.

Additional Links
Diseases & Research
http://www.fredhutch.org/en/diseases.html

Patient Support
http://www.fredhutch.org/en/treatment.html

Events & Community Programs
http://www.fredhutch.org/en/events.html