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Expect exceptional patient care at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy. Here, you will experience the precision of proton therapy in a healing environment. Our dedicated team will look after your needs and concerns and your loved ones from first contact with the Center through follow-up care after your treatments are done. We are available to you and your doctors when you need us.

Your Care Team is committed to continuously improving and raising the standard of care at the Center. We will help you with your medical needs and assist you as you prepare for your daily treatment session:

Care Team Nurse will provide day-to-day care and help coordinate any additional medical services you might need during your proton treatment, including: arranging for blood tests, scans, medical appointments or other services you need. Your Care Team Nurse may have a background in medical oncology or neuro surgery. We’ve recruited some of our nurses from UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s.

Treatment Team Assistants will greet you when you arrive at the Center and help you prepare for your treatment session.

Radiation Therapists will make sure you are positioned properly for your treatment sessions and will be close at hand while you receive therapy. Your Radiation Therapist has specialized proton therapy training.

Your Radiation Oncologist is your doctor and will meet with you once a week to review your progress and discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Our doctors have studied at some of the most prestigious universities, including Harvard, Georgetown, Brown, University of Washington, Duke and Stanford. You can find detailed information on our Radiation Oncologists in the Doctors section of this site.

Your Care Team is dedicated to your ongoing care and will remain in contact with you and your primary physician after you’ve completed treatment.

In addition to your personal Care Team, there are many others on staff to support you during your time at the Center:

Intake Team coordinates the exchange of records, collects information for evaluating your individual case, and schedules consultations.

Childlife Services focuses on the emotional support of children in treatment. The childlife specialist will help prepare the patient before and provide support during and after procedures and treatment.

Social Worker provides psychological and emotional support for patients and families concentrating on cognitive behavioral therapy for cancer patients and caregivers.The onsite social worker will provide induvidual and family therapy sessions and help patients who need assistance with medical transportation and housing.

Financial Counselor assists you with insurance, Medicare or Medicaid coverage, and coordinates payment and cost management.

Patient Services Team greets you and your loved ones when you come to the Center and can help answer questions and address your non-medical needs. They help you with your special personal needs. For patients traveling to Seattle for treatment, our Concierge Team can assist with transportation, lodging, and services in the area. They will also plan and coordinate special educational and social programs to enhance your stay.

Medical Physicists assure the safe and effective delivery of radiation by monitoring the equipment and procedures used in therapy. They run patient-specific checks on the plan created especially for your treatment to be sure you receive the correct dose of protons targeted precisely to your tumor.

Dosimetrists collaborate with your doctor to prepare a treatment plan specific to your situation. They calculate the angles and doses of proton energy required to treat your tumor, while ensuring your healthy tissue is exposed to as little radiation as possible. They will work closely with the radiation therapists throughout your course of treatment.

Machinists create a custom die or mold that matches the shape and form of your tumor. During your treatment, protons are delivered through the mold to guide the precise delivery of the therapy.

Engineers make sure the equipment and systems needed to produce the proton beam are finely tuned.

Administration Staff provides management of office and business functions and helps manage your insurance claims.

Facilities Staff maintains the building and ensures it is clean and safe for our patients.

We want to make the process of getting treatment as easy as possible. A physician review board will evaluate your case and determine if you can benefit from proton therapy.

Meet Our Specialists

Meet Our Specialists

With specializations in brain, head and neck, breast, lung, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, prostate and pediatric cancers, our physicians have the expertise to provide the highest level of medical care to patients.