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News on Regence & Premera Coverage for Proton Therapy

SCCA Proton Therapy Center continues to work with our local and national insurance companies to expand member benefit coverage for appropriate patients in need of proton therapy. We are very excited about the following updates to our local Washington healthplan coverage policies.

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Proton Therapy Offers Hope for Patients with Locally Advanced Stage III Breast Cancer

In 2015, more than 1,650,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Although many types of breast cancer are curable, traditional treatment methods can expose the heart, lungs, and other organs to radiation, resulting in an increased risk of long-term side effects. Proton beam therapy offers hope to women diagnosed with locally advanced stage III breast cancer, by targeting the tumor while reducing damage to healthy tissue.

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Patients in the Pacific Northwest Now Have Access to Additional Treatment for Ocular Melanoma

For most the ability to see is often taken for granted. But for the thousands diagnosed with ocular melanoma, the fear of losing their eyesight or even worse, their lives, is an all too real possibility. Ocular melanoma is seen as a rare form of cancer, with approximately two thousand new diagnoses per year. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy Center has now made proton therapy accessible to patients with localized ocular melanoma.

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Region’s First Proton Therapy Center Celebrates Second Year in Seattle

This week Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center will celebrate its second year of treating patients in Seattle, Washington. A collaborative effort between Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. SCCA Proton Therapy unites top physician experts in cancer from UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Since opening, the center has helped care for nearly 450 patients and created approximately 80 jobs in the Pacific Northwest. Located on UW Medicine’s Northwest Hospital & Medical Center campus, SCCA Proton Therapy is the only proton therapy center within 1,000 miles of Seattle.

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Enhanced Proton Technology Targets More Complex Tumors

Physicians treating patients with complex tumors will have more advanced treatment options at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center. The Center is revolutionizing the way proton therapy is used in cancer treatment and has recently made a number of additional investments in innovative technology that will empower its care teams to treat tumors more precisely. An advanced form of radiation treatment, proton therapy delivers a targeted dose of radiation to kill cancer cells while sparing surrounding normal tissues. Building on this treatment delivery, the Center will now offer Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS) in its state of the art gantry room. The combination of proton therapy with PBS technology enables physicians to better shape and direct radiation to the tumor, opening the doors to treat a wider variety of cancers.

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