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August 2022: Ocular melanoma and protons - protect your skin and eyes - ocular patient David - Jen PA-C Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

July 2022: Meet sarcoma survivor Jim - learn about sarcomas from Dr. Schaub - Meet survivor and colleague Jane - What to do in Seattle Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

June 2022: Fertility preservation during treatment - men’s health week - survivorship clinic - meet Kat Sun Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

May 2022: Brain Patient Story - Staff Story - Why reduced radiation to the brain is important - NAPT update Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

April 2022: Lymphoma survivor Harvey - IT specialist Russell - update on FLASH proton therapy Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

March 2022: Mental Health and Cancer - Hope for Henry - Meet Matthew and Aja Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

February 2022: Importance of making connections - COVID and your care - patient story - staff story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

January 2022: Dr. Laramore retires - meet our ARNP - prostate cancer survivor Reggie - New Year’s resolutions Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

December 2021: Survivor Story - Staff Story - End-of-year Message - Virtual Walkthrough Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

November 2021: Dr. Chen sports a mustache for Movember - meet Dr. Kang and lung cancer survivor Anka - SPTC/SCCA merger Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

October 2021: Dr. Fang updates us on breast cancer - meet survivor Tina - learn about SPARI - meet Vandela Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

September 2021: Meet two childhood cancer survivors - Doctors open doors to Center to Seattle-area students - Learn about three childhood cancer orgs Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

August 2021: Particle Therapy Conference Comes to Seattle - Meet Survivor Kathy - Join us for Walks - Get Vaccinated Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

July 2021: 3 Wives Help Their Husbands Beat Prostate Cancer - Magic Yarn Project - African American Male Wellness Agency - Meet Alissa Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

June 2021: New Mask Protocols - The Goodtimes Project - Brain Tumor Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

May 2021: Update with Dr. Lia Halasz - Meet Brain Cancer Survivor Byron - IBA Celebrates 100K Patients - Meet Annie Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

April 2021: Latest Research Updates - Meet Prostate Cancer Survivor Kenny - Protons, Grandfather & Grandson - Meet Resha Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

March 2021: AI Use in Medical Physics - Caroline’s Grief TED Talk - Prostate Cancer Survivor Story - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

February 2021: Further COVID-19 Vaccine Updates - Patient Advocacy Program - Antioxidants - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

January 2021: Update on COVID-19 Vaccine - What to do in a dark Seattle winter - Breast Cancer Survivor Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

December 2020: Naturopathic Medicine and Nutrition - Spotlight on Concierge - Meet Justin Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

November 2020: New Medical Director - Holidays During COVID - Meet Dawn and Kristin Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

October 2020: Breast Cancer Updates from Dr. Fang - Dr. Chen’s First Year - Meet Dr. Weg - New Marketing Campaign Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

September 2020: Mariners Athletic Trainer Emeritus Chooses Proton Therapy - Meet Prostate Cancer Survivor Bob and our new Sarcoma MD - Telehealth Options Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

August 2020: PC Survivorship Conference - PHOTOS: 3000th graduate - Meet Han - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

July 2020: Wyatt’s Comfort Bundles - Meet Randy and April - Your Insurance Qs Answered Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

June 2020: Patients tell their stories in our newest marketing campaign - We celebrate a Center milestone - Preparing for Summer - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

May 2020: Protons for Brain Cancers - Celebrating our Nurses & Medical Physicists - Survivor Story - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

April 2020: Info on Protons for Head & Neck Cancers - Meet Unicyclist Mark and our new Scheduler - Update on COVID19 Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

March 2020: FLASH proton therapy - Meet Survivor Traci - Get to know Dave - COVID 19 Update Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

February 2020: Fly-fishing prostate cancer survivors - focus on prevention - MusicHeals Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

January 2020: What did it take to make Proton Therapy possible? - Share your story for MusicHeals Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

December 2019: Our patient featured on KOMO - Meet Declan & Steve - Holiday Party Invite Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

November 2019 - Call to Action: Contact Congress - Benefits of Meditation - Survivor Story - Staff Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

October 2019: Promising new liver cancer study - recap on Best of Breast - Meet Janel - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

September 2019: All about Prostate Cancer - Survivor Story - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

August 2019: Good News for some Prostate Cancer Patients - Top Doc Dr. Rengan - Join our Walks Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

July 2019: Meet our new MD, Dr. Chen - Recap on our PTCOG Involvement - Survivor Story - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

June 2019: How to Become a Patient Advocate - H&N Survivor Update - WATCH Tool Time - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

May 2019: What is a Tumor? Meet our Oncology Social Worker - Our Graduate Writes a Book - Meet Anna Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

April 2019: PHOTOS from our Music Heals event - H&N Cancer Awareness - Music at Center - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

March 2019: Dr. Laramore Lifetime Achieve - Nutrition Tips for Cancer - Survivor Story - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

February 2019: WATCH our ocular video - Prepare for Music Heals Event - Survivor Story - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

January 2019: New Leadership Announcement - Holiday Roundup - Childhood Cancer Patient - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

November 2018: Lung Cancer Advances - Community Events - Head & Neck Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

October 2018: Breast cancer and the heart - Our Nurses - Childhood Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

September 2018: Bragg Peak - Financial Navigation - Prostate Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

July 2018: Secondary Malignancies - 10 Tips to talk to MD - Breast Cancer Survivor - Staff story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

June 2018: Protons vs Surgery Prostate Cancer - 5 Things to do in Seattle - Prostate Cancer Survivor Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

May 2018: Importance of Reduced Radiation Brain - Concierge Services - Brain Cancer Survivor - Staff Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

April 2018: Gantry - New Support Group - Sarcoma Survivor - MD Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

March 2018: PBS - Child Life Learning Tool - Music Heals Event - Merkel Cell Survivor Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

February 2018: VIDEO: Mask Making - Music Heals - Survivors and Insurance - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

January 2018: PT News - Holiday Events - Prostate Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

December 2017: Childhood Cancers - Crosscut Story - Childhood Cancer Survivor - MD Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

November 2017: Fiducial Markers - Sponsorships - Trachea Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

October 2017: All about Breast Cancer - Survivor, in the news, at our Center - MD Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

September 2017: What happens to a Tumor during PT? - PT History - Father & Son Survivors - MD Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

July 2017: Sarcoma - Sarcoma Survivor - 200th Graduation - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

June 2017: PTCOG - Mariners and Prostates - Survivor Friendships - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

May 2017: Clinical Trials - Love Notes - Brain Cancer Survivor - MD Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

April 2017: IBA - Music Heals - Brain Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

March 2017: PCORI Breast Trial - China Outreach - Childhood Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

February 2017: ACRO Certification - Music Heals - GI Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

January 2017: Eye Cancers - Eye Cancer Survivor - Cyclotron - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

December 2016: Child Life Specialist - Children & Cancer - Childhood Cancer Survivor - MD Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

November 2016: Health Care Conference - Caregiver Month - Lung Cancer Survivor - MD Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

October 2016: ASTRO - Making Strides - VIDEOS: Survivors - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

September 2016: Insurance Coverage - Run of Hope - Brain Cancer Survivor - MD Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

July 2016: VIDEO: Extra Time - 1000th Patient - H&N Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

June 2016: PTCOG - Survivor Month - H&N Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

May 2016: 3-Field Treatment - Sponsorships - Breast Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

April 2016: 3rd Anniversary - Ellie’s Postcards - GI Cancer Survivor - MD Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

March 2016: Jesse Jones story - AYA Group - Prostate Cancer Survivor - MD Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

February 2016: Active Breathing Coordinator - Beads of Courage - Prostate Club - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

December 2015: Holiday Events - Sponsorship - Childhood Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

November 2015: ASTRO - Center Events - Lung Cancer Survivor - MD Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

October 2015: Run of Hope - PT for Breast Cancer - Brain Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

September 2015: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - Tlingit Tribe Visit - Prostate Cancer Survivor Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

August 2015: Ocular Tumors - Clinical Trial - Brain Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

July 2015: Clinical Trial - Sponsorship - Brain Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

June 2015: 500th Patient - AOSW Conference - Childhood Cancer Survivor - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

May 2015: PCORI Proton Study - CTA: Oregon HERC - NAPT Conference - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

April 2015: 2nd Anniversary - Advances in Proton Therapy - Staff Story Newsletter (view the full email campaign)

Controlling eye cancers with proton therapy

Controlling eye cancers with proton therapy

There are many treatment options for ocular cancers, including surgery, laser and brachytherapy, depending on the size of the tumor. But because of where ocular cancers are located — near the brain — they are uniquely suited to be treated with the precision of protons.

Protect your eyes and skin from the sun

Protect your eyes and skin from the sun

It’s a well-known fact that the ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun can damage our skin and eyes. Ultraviolet radiation can alter the cells in our bodies and cause cancers, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma (skin cancer) and conjunctival cancer. It can also cause cataracts and macular degeneration. This is why it’s extremely important to protect your skin and eyes from the sun, year-round.

David chose proton therapy for his ocular melanoma

David chose proton therapy for his ocular melanoma

When David began having problems seeing his computer screens at work, he decided it was time for glasses. At his eye exam, he decided to get a digital eye scan, which he had heard was a good idea. The optometrist recommended that he see a retinal specialist because there appeared to be a scratch on his eye. The retinal specialist did more scans, injected dye and even did an ultrasound. When the doctor came in to review the results, the diagnosis was sobering: There was a mass on David’s eye.

Meet Jen Flanner, PA-C

Meet Jen Flanner, PA-C

Jen Flannery, our physician assistant, helps build and nurture the prostate survivorship program, which means she sees patients in follow-up clinics and helps with any urgent care needs. She will also develop programs for survivors, such as the Prostate Dinner Club, a monthly gathering of past, current and prospective proton therapy patients and their partners.

Studying sarcomas with Dr. Schaub

Studying sarcomas with Dr. Schaub

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month, a time to recognize patients with sarcomas and educate people about this rare type of cancer. So, what are sarcomas and how can proton therapy help?

So you’ll be spending the summer in Seattle…

So you’ll be spending the summer in Seattle…

If you are one of the many proton therapy patients who travels to receive treatment with us, you might wonder what to do during the summer in Seattle. We have some fun suggestions to get you out of your hotel room.

Jim survived sarcoma thanks to his granddaughter and proton therapy

Jim survived sarcoma thanks to his granddaughter and proton therapy

When Jim Copen went to pick up his 6-year-old granddaughter, she pointed out something unusual about him that she hadn’t noticed before. “She told me, ‘Grandpa, your belly is sticking out’,” Jim recalls. “She had noticed my entire stomach was bulging and that’s when we decided to get it checked out.” It turned out to be a liposarcoma.

Jane Cho – Proton Therapy Graduate, Sarcoma Patient, Colleague

Jane Cho – Proton Therapy Graduate, Sarcoma Patient, Colleague

Jane Cho is not only one of our talented web developers, she is a sarcoma patient who was treated at the Proton Therapy Center. Her dream was to come full circle to work for the organization that helped her and her family battle cancer.

New options for preserving fertility during pediatric cancer treatment

New options for preserving fertility during pediatric cancer treatment

For childhood cancer patients and their families, fertility issues may be the furthest thing from their mind as they make treatment decisions. But cancer therapies can have significant effects on their future fertility as adults — and the right care plan can make all the difference.

Men’s Health Week reminds men to be proactive about their health

Men’s Health Week reminds men to be proactive about their health

Each June, the week ending in Father’s Day is designated as International Men’s Health Week. This year, Men’s Health Week is June 13–19. Harvard Health shares some facts about the men’s health gap, including that men die younger than women, and they are more burdened by illness during life. Learn what you can do.

Proton therapy patients welcome at SCCA’s Survivorship Clinic

Proton therapy patients welcome at SCCA’s Survivorship Clinic

June is National Cancer Survivor Month, and all of our proton therapy patients and graduates have access to SCCA’s Survivorship Clinic at South Lake Union. In 2021, the Proton Therapy Center merged with SCCA, which gave our patients increased access to SCCA’s supportive care services, including the Survivorship Clinic. Learn more about these benefits.

Meet Kat Sun, our returning radiation therapist

Meet Kat Sun, our returning radiation therapist

Kat Sun isn’t new to the Proton Center. She worked here from 2014 to 2016, but she recently rejoined us in a new role as a radiation therapist. Learn all about Sun and why she came back!

Why is reduced radiation to the brain important?

Why is reduced radiation to the brain important?

Proton therapy is a very important option for patients with brain tumors because the brain is such an important organ, and treatment to it must be designed to result in as few side effects as possible. “We prefer to use proton therapy for brain tumors because proton beams stop after they reach the target,” says Dr. Ralph Ermoian. “Therefore, the healthy part of the brain beyond the tumor gets less radiation and less chance of side effects in the future.”  

Dr. L. Christine Fang presents challenging cases at the NAPT conference

Dr. L. Christine Fang presents challenging cases at the NAPT conference

Dr. L. Christine Fang is a breast cancer specialist who has been treating patients at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center since it opened in 2013. Dr. Fang presented at the National Association of Proton Therapy (NAPT) Annual Conference in April. She spoke about challenging problems and was asked to present two very specific cases: one that involved a patient with limited arm mobility, and one that involved treating both breasts, called bilateral treatment.

Maddy - Brain Cancer

Maddy - Brain Cancer

Two years ago, as she was walking into yoga class, Maddy momentarily found herself unable to speak. At first, she thought it was due to anxiety about school, but when it kept happening, and the right side of her body periodically started going numb, she sought out a doctor. She was eventually diagnosed with astrocytoma.

Meet Jessica Gould-Hilburn – Patient Navigator

Meet Jessica Gould-Hilburn – Patient Navigator

Jessica Gould-Hilburn is a patient navigator at the Proton Center. She helps patients with the wide range of needs they have when they come to the center for treatment, such as explaining the process, recommending housing options and answering questions. She consistently hears from patients how kind and compassionate the staff at the Proton Center are, and she is proud to work with a team that has such high standards for patient care.

FLASH proton therapy: the future of radiation therapy

FLASH proton therapy: the future of radiation therapy

The ultimate goal of FLASH proton therapy is to treat patients of many cancer types while decreasing side effects from radiation and increasing cure rates. For the past two years, Dr. Zeng and her team have been studying FLASH proton radiation at UW Medicine with some promising results. 

Former patients share what remission means to them

Former patients share what remission means to them

According to the American Cancer Society, there are 17 million cancer patients in remission in the U.S., with an average 5-year survival rate for all cancers combined of 68%. But what does it really mean to have faced cancer? We talk to a few of our past patients to see what it means to them.

How Harvey's lymphoma opened doors to new relationships

How Harvey's lymphoma opened doors to new relationships

About two weeks before Harvey turned 73, he discovered a lump over his left collarbone. “It just showed up when I looked in the mirror,” he says. He went to get it checked out by his doctor, and the diagnosis was non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, “I am grateful that my medical concerns have opened doors to create further relationships, both with other patients and the incredible staff. I felt very emotional the last days of proton therapy. I felt like I was leaving behind family."

Russell Ealy - IT Specialist

Russell Ealy - IT Specialist

Russell Ealy works in Information Technologies at the Proton Therapy Center. Since he joined the center this past year, he has been helping to keep IT running smoothly. Ealy grew up in Zephyrhills, Florida, and joined the Army when he turned 18. While he was stationed at Fort Lewis he decided the Pacific Northwest would someday become his permanent home.

Mental Health and Cancer

Mental Health and Cancer

Patients who are diagnosed with cancer have an increased risk of developing a mental health condition, or having an existing condition get worse. In fact, one-third of patients treated for cancer in hospitals have a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression Read more about how SCCA can help.

Center Starts Hope for Henry Program

Center Starts Hope for Henry Program

SCCA’s Proton Therapy Center is excited to offer our childhood cancer patients a new procedure-based incentive program called Hope for Henry, which empowers children with serious illnesses to participate actively in their own care. The program was founded by the parents of Henry Goldberg, who was full of positive energy until his disease eventually took his life. Hope for Henry partners with hospitals to improve patients’ coping skills and to help them adhere to their medical protocols.

Four surgeries and protons: Matthew never gives up hope

Four surgeries and protons: Matthew never gives up hope

When Matthew walked in the door of the Proton Therapy Center three months after he finished treatment, the welcome from staff was overwhelming. Months earlier, the eight-year-old had been diagnosed with craniopharyngioma — a rare type of noncancerous brain tumor that usually develops near the pituitary gland and optic nerves.

Meet Aja Schoppmann - Radiation Therapist

Meet Aja Schoppmann - Radiation Therapist

Aja Schoppmann, RTT, joined the Proton Therapy Center about three months ago after spending some time in photon (conventional radiation) therapy. Learn more about what she likes about working at the Center and with children in particular.

Your care during the latest COVID-19 surge

Your care during the latest COVID-19 surge

At SCCA and the Proton Therapy Center, we have been experiencing challenges with scheduling appointments and treatments, extended wait times and longer-than-normal response times from providers. A significant rise in cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in our community has contributed to these challenges. Your care is critical, and we remain committed to providing the life-changing care you deserve. We appreciate your patience, trust and understanding during this time.

The importance of making connections

The importance of making connections

Being diagnosed with cancer might trigger many emotional responses, some of them hard to understand by those who have not experienced cancer. This is why doctors and nurses often recommend reaching out to other cancer patients, in some cases even after finishing treatment.

Meet Dan

Meet Dan

Dan is an accomplished baseball player and an avid Mariners and Diamondbacks fan. He’s still playing baseball in a league at age 70. In fact, this past fall, they placed 2nd and 3rd at the national tournament in Florida. More than 300 teams participated. Dan is so glad he was able to go because he’d almost canceled the trip due to his prostate cancer diagnosis.

Elizabeth Darlington, MSW, LICSW - Social Worker

Elizabeth Darlington, MSW, LICSW - Social Worker

Meet our social worker, Elizabeth Darlington, MSW, LICSW. She joined our center last fall after a hiatus to raise her two children. Originally from suburban New York, she earned her master’s degree in social work and practiced at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Boston area before joining the center.

Celebrating Dr. Laramore's long career in radiation therapy

Celebrating Dr. Laramore's long career in radiation therapy

After a more than 40-year career in radiation oncology, including countless contributions to cancer treatment, Dr. George Laramore has decided to retire in January 2022. Dr. Laramore is the SCCA Proton Therapy Center’s inaugural medical director and played a pivotal role in bringing the Proton Therapy Center to Seattle — the first and only one of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.

It's New Year's resolution time

It's New Year's resolution time

It’s that time again when many people make resolutions for the coming year. Sometimes it can be hard to stick to them, so a good way to start is by making small resolutions, keeping at them and remembering why they are important. Read the article for ideas.

Reggie - Prostate Cancer

Reggie - Prostate Cancer

Reggie enjoys staying active and regularly visits his primary care physician. When he started experiencing urination issues in 2019, his provider prescribed medication and ordered a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to determine if the problem might be more serious. His provider recommended that Reggie get a biopsy, which determined that he had prostate cancer.

Layne Chapple, ARNP

Layne Chapple, ARNP

Layne Chapple, ARNP, is an avid baseball fan, runs triathlons, and sees our childhood cancer patients at the center. Read all about Layne Chapple in our staff corner.

Virtual Walkthrough Feature

Virtual Walkthrough Feature

We are excited to preview a new feature on our website in mid-December – a virtual walkthrough of our Center that will allow you to see behind-the-scenes and learn what happens during your cancer treatment.

End-of-the-year message to patients and community

End-of-the-year message to patients and community

Please read the end-of-the-year message from SCCA President & Executive Director, Dr. Nancy Davidson.

Mark - Prostate Cancer

Mark - Prostate Cancer

Mark Yeadon, 63, is a long-time pastor at a local Lynnwood church whose life has been active and adventurous. But a year and a half ago, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Mark knew how to approach this. He asked for advice from close friends who'd had various treatments for prostate cancer. He soon learned that while everyone has an opinion and an experience, in the end, only you know what's right for you.

Marco Schwarz, PhD - Medical Physicist

Marco Schwarz, PhD - Medical Physicist

Originally from Turin, a city in the northwest region of Italy, Dr. Marco Schwarz will be joining the medical physics team at SCCA Proton Therapy Center. He is currently serving as the Head of Physics in the Proton Therapy Department at the Provincial Health Service Agency of Trento. His research has focused on FLASH particle therapy and he will help lead this effort at our Center. 

November means Movember

November means Movember

In 2003, two Australian men created Movember, with the goal of raising funds and awareness of men’s health issues by growing mustaches during the month of November. Almost 20 years later, the organization touts more than 6 million “mo bros” and “mo sisters” whose fundraising has supported more than 1,200 men’s health projects worldwide.

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/SCCA Proton Therapy Center Merger

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/SCCA Proton Therapy Center Merger

The Seattle Proton Therapy Center (the “Proton Center”) is pleased to share that after years in partnership with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), the Proton Center has officially merged with SCCA. SCCA is a world-class cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, and Seattle Children's to help patients lead better, longer, richer lives. The Proton Center will continue to be known as the SCCA Proton Therapy Center. Under this new ownership, we can offer you access to SCCA’s renowned cancer specialists in addition to the outstanding care you have been receiving at the Proton Center.

Anka - Lung Cancer

Anka - Lung Cancer

West Seattle native Anka Milenkovic-Bobo has always had seasonal allergies, including allergy-induced asthma, but when her breathing difficulties and cough didn’t improve after a year despite inhalers, her doctor suggested they conduct some additional testing. An X-ray and CT scan revealed a lump in her lung just as COVID made access to care more complicated. After a biopsy confirmed a localized adenocarcinoma, Anka researched various cancer centers in the area, settling on proton therapy.

Meet our Lung Expert Dr. John Kang

Meet our Lung Expert Dr. John Kang

We’re excited to have a new proton therapy thoracic cancers specialist starting at the Center, Dr. John Kang. Dr. Kang became interested in medicine through his mother, who was a doctor in China. He settled on radiation oncology because he feels it perfectly blends technology, medicine, patient care and research. No other medical field ticked all the boxes of his interests.

Breast Cancer Update with Dr. Fang

Breast Cancer Update with Dr. Fang

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Center’s breast cancer radiation oncologist expert, L. Christine Fang, MD, recently spoke to us about the latest news on screening and treatment.

SPARI: Seattle Proton Anesthesia Reduction Initiative, with Dr. Blau

SPARI: Seattle Proton Anesthesia Reduction Initiative, with Dr. Blau

SPARI is a collaboration between the various clinical staff at the Center, including child life, nursing, radiation therapists, attending radiation oncologists and anesthesiologists in order to reduce the use of anesthesia for undergoing proton therapy.

Tina - Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Tina - Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Tina Christian has always understood the value of a healthy lifestyle and regular cancer screenings; after all, she works in healthcare. But when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, she became the patient — and gained a new perspective on how important it is for patients to advocate for their care.

Vandela Morales - Patient Care Coordinator

Vandela Morales - Patient Care Coordinator

From a young age, Vandela wanted to practice medicine. She also wants to find ways to aid marginalized and underserved groups and expand the scope of medical practices in those communities. She joined the SCCA Proton Therapy Center to continue her career in medicine and to expose herself to patient-centered care.

Childhood Cancer Specialists Work Towards Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Childhood Cancer Specialists Work Towards Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Pediatric radiation oncologist Dr. Ralph Ermoian and radiation oncology chief resident Dr. Molly Blau are working to connect with middle and high school students from the Seattle area and share with them career choices available in science, technology, engineering and math. 

Center Supports Childhood Cancer Organizations

Center Supports Childhood Cancer Organizations

The SCCA Proton Therapy Center is proud to support childhood cancer organizations in furthering their mission to assist families faced with childhood cancer or other conditions. Read more about the work of Ronald McDonald House, Soulumination, and Run of Hope.

Childhood Cancer Survivor Starts College

Childhood Cancer Survivor Starts College

Eight years ago, the Yeo family, originally from Bellevue, had their lives turned upside down. Mia, the 10-year-old daughter of Serge and Penny Yeo, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. Now she is settled into her own apartment in Irvine, CA, where she will begin her studies as a biology major this fall at the University of California Irvine.

Childhood Cancer Survivor Turns Race Car Driver

Childhood Cancer Survivor Turns Race Car Driver

As 18-year-old Gabe Tesch makes a name for himself on the professional racing circuit, he competes against other talented drivers who’ve dedicated their life to the sport. But Gabe has faced considerably more challenges along the road than many of his competitors.

PTCOG-NA Annual Conference Comes to Seattle

PTCOG-NA Annual Conference Comes to Seattle

This prestigious event focuses on topics of interest to a wide range of healthcare professionals interested in particle therapy treatments.

Save the Date: Get these Cancer Walks and Runs on your Calendar

Save the Date: Get these Cancer Walks and Runs on your Calendar

We are excited to sponsor in-person walks and runs again this year in support wonderful organizations that work hard to fund cancer research, wellness, and education.

Caregiver Series: Kathy and Hanna

Caregiver Series: Kathy and Hanna

Kathy is a two-time cancer survivor who credits her niece Hanna with helping her throughout her treatment at the Center. Read how Hanna made a difference!

Herd Immunity Helps Cancer Patients

Herd Immunity Helps Cancer Patients

Community immunity protects everyone, especially people who can’t get vaccinated because of cancer.

The Magic Yarn Project’s Beautiful and Creative Wigs for Girls (and Boys, too!)

The Magic Yarn Project’s Beautiful and Creative Wigs for Girls (and Boys, too!)

The Center recently received a generous donation of darling handmade character wigs and beanies for our childhood cancer patients, especially those who will lose their hair during cancer treatment.

How the Wives of our Prostate Patients Helped Make Treatment Decisions

How the Wives of our Prostate Patients Helped Make Treatment Decisions

We want to give a shout-out to the caregivers who helped their loved ones become cancer survivors! Patients greatly benefit from the support and care of their friends and family when first diagnosed with cancer, all the way through their treatment.

Meet our RTT Alissa Wasson

Meet our RTT Alissa Wasson

Meet Alissa, one of our superb radiation therapists. When Alissa was in college, her class visited the Center, and she knew it was the right place to work!

New Guidelines from the CDC - What do they mean?

New Guidelines from the CDC - What do they mean?

The CDC recently announced that fully vaccinated individuals can forego the use of a mask in most situations. This is good and welcome news to most people. But care is still necessary, and some of the same masking guidelines still apply. Now that it’s the start of summer, we wanted to talk about some safe activities to engage in as we begin to return to normal.

Spotlight on the Goodtimes Project

Spotlight on the Goodtimes Project

This year, our Center sponsors a number of childhood cancer organizations, such as The Goodtimes Project. Learn how The Goodtimes Project helps children and families affected by childhood cancer. Their biggest program is Camp Goodtimes, a traditional sleep-away camp held in the summer.

Librada - Benign Brain Tumor

Librada - Benign Brain Tumor

Born in the Philippines, living in the Bahamas, Librada chose to get her surgery and proton therapy for a benign but bothersome brain tumor in the United States, in Seattle. A doctor herself, she did a lot of research to make sure she was getting the best care possible. Read Librada's story to learn more.

Meet Carly Ferguson, RTT

Meet Carly Ferguson, RTT

Carly is one of our dedicated radiation therapists. She grew up on a hobby farm in Wisconsin, and went to school at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse where she studied radiation therapy. She had learned about proton therapy and decided that is what she wanted to do.

Dr. Lia Halasz, Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Expert

Dr. Lia Halasz, Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors Expert

May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month. One of our specialists in brain and central nervous system tumors is Dr. Lia Halasz, who has been with the Center since its inception in 2013. Dr. Halasz spoke to us about updates in her professional career and proton therapy, and why she chose to study in this field.

VIDEO: IBA celebrates treating 100k patients

VIDEO: IBA celebrates treating 100k patients

This summer, IBA - the company that manufactures and maintains our cyclotron - will reach the 100,000 proton therapy patient mark. To mark the occasion, they asked centers using their equipment to make short videos celebrating this amazing milestone. Watch our video!

Byron - Brain Cancer

Byron - Brain Cancer

In January 2020, Byron crashed on his mountain bike. He noticed his double vision—an issue he’d dealt with for about five years prior—had worsened. The results of an MRI, which he received the day after his 51st birthday, were shocking. The double vision he was experiencing was actually a symptom of a rare and large Chondrosarcoma.

Meet Concierge Annie Pontrelli

Meet Concierge Annie Pontrelli

Annie, our late-shift concierge, grew up in Missoula, and has many fond memories of growing up in Montana. She's had an interesting and varied career, and has traveled all over the world. Find out more about Annie's life and inspirations.

Center Research Updates in Gastrointestinal, Lung and Head & Neck Cancers

Center Research Updates in Gastrointestinal, Lung and Head & Neck Cancers

This month, we update cancer research and treatment in lung, gastrointestinal, and head and neck cancers. We spoke to some of our disease experts who weighed in on the latest and greatest.

A Proton Center, A Grandfather, and A Grandson

A Proton Center, A Grandfather, and A Grandson

Some of you will recognize our concierge, Colton. He's one of the first faces you will see when entering the Center, helping our patients navigate their treatment process. But did you know that Colton's grandfather, William, was one of our earliest patients in 2014?

Kenny - Prostate Cancer (and Multiple Myeloma)

Kenny - Prostate Cancer (and Multiple Myeloma)

Kenny Green was recently treated for prostate cancer at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center, but it’s just one of the many challenges he has overcome in his remarkable life. He's a prostate cancer and kidney transplant survivor and still lives with multiple myeloma. He spent ten years on dialysis. He's a musician who plays guitar and bass, and a well-known local DJ.

Resha - Patient Navigator

Resha - Patient Navigator

Resha is one of our dedicated Patient Navigators, a job she loves because, she says, "It is someone who advocates for the patient, always, throughout their entire cancer treatment." Learn about Resha's family, interests, and career goals.

Artificial Intelligence in Medical Physics

Artificial Intelligence in Medical Physics

Our Center is one of several proton therapy clinics globally that are actively working with Raysearch Laboratories to further development of Artificial Intelligence use in treatment planning.

Caroline's TED Talk about Grief

Caroline's TED Talk about Grief

This month we spoke to our proton therapy graduate, Caroline, about a moving TED Talk she did recently. In this 13-minute video, she speaks about emotions surrounding her cancer – and those of the families she has photographed for Soulumination.

Jeff - Prostate Cancer

Jeff - Prostate Cancer

Jeff – Spokane graphic designer, photographer, and softball umpire – has been pretty healthy his entire life. But then his PSA began to rise and he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Jeff did research and eventually settled on proton therapy.

Meet Ian Rice - Concierge

Meet Ian Rice - Concierge

We want to introduce you to one of our new concierges – Ian Rice. Ian graduated in May from Pacific Lutheran University with degrees in Hispanic Studies and Global Studies (Migration emphasis). He also completed a Peace Corps Prep Certification. Someday, he plans to either work or volunteer abroad with an international organization.

More Questions and Answers about the COVID-19 Vaccine

More Questions and Answers about the COVID-19 Vaccine

There are still many questions about the COVID-19 vaccine as the State rolls out the first doses to certain populations. Washington State has determined several phases – 1A through 4B – outlining who will receive the vaccine when. We try to answer some further questions and remind everyone of our Center policies regarding COVID-19.

Our Patient Advocacy Program

Our Patient Advocacy Program

At SCCA Proton Therapy Center, patients considering proton therapy often benefit from talking with people previously treated at the Center to get their perspective of the process, the facility, and side effects. With that in mind, the Center created the Patient Advocacy Program. Hear from patients who've been on either side of that conversation: Randy and Dexter.

The Power of Antioxidants

The Power of Antioxidants

Many of us have heard about antioxidants, and that they are good for us. But what are they, and what is their real value in fighting health issues including cancer?

Meet Nurse Leslie Kapsar

Meet Nurse Leslie Kapsar

Meet our newest nursing team member, Leslie, who hails from Pennsylvania and has worked with children all her life.

Update on COVID-19 Vaccine

Update on COVID-19 Vaccine

Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and hope is finally on the horizon! There are two vaccines currently available for distribution in the US, developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, Inc. We try to answer your questions in this article.

What can you do to lift your spirits during the dark Seattle winter?

What can you do to lift your spirits during the dark Seattle winter?

We'd like to suggest a few things to do this January to help lift your spirits, especially while we are practicing social distancing.

Suzanne - Breast Cancer Recurrence

Suzanne - Breast Cancer Recurrence

Suzanne chose proton therapy for a recurrence of her breast cancer. Suzanne recalls meeting with Dr. Fang: "She said, 'Of course we can do this, there's no need to remove your breasts and we can target the tumors precisely and avoid most of your previously irradiated tissue.' I was so, so happy to hear that."

Meet Patient Navigator Chloe Tsudama

Meet Patient Navigator Chloe Tsudama

Chloe loves working with and getting to know people. "I have worked as a sexual health coordinator, eligibility and outreach specialist for homeless adults, and as a Family Resources Coordinator for kids with disabilities," she says. "Each position has allowed me to tie together snippets of the human experience!"

How can Naturopathic Medicine help with Cancer Care?

How can Naturopathic Medicine help with Cancer Care?

We offer our patients the opportunity to meet with a naturopathic doctor on-site by appointment. Dr. Craig Peterson specializes in naturopathic medicine for oncology and acupuncture and can help with many aspects of your cancer care using an integrative approach.

Spotlight on our Concierges

Spotlight on our Concierges

We take pride in our concierges, who create a warm, positive environment for our patients and their families, and get them oriented as to what to expect. They are the first to greet our patients, and the last to see them off, and they often go above and beyond their duties to do something extra special for patients as the opportunity arises.

Nutrition and Cancer: We speak with an Expert from SCCA

Nutrition and Cancer: We speak with an Expert from SCCA

Science shows that nutrition is extremely influential for cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship. When you are facing a cancer diagnosis, it’s important to get evidence-based nutrition advice from experts (RDs), especially those who are board-certified experts in oncology nutrition. Many RDs work together with care teams to help patients to stay stronger and feel better during and after cancer treatment.

Meet Justin Tran, one of our newest RTTs

Meet Justin Tran, one of our newest RTTs

Meet Justin, RTT. “While attending college, I had the chance to shadow therapists at Mass General’s proton therapy center. It really sparked my interest in proton therapy,” Justin says.

Dr. Zeng Steps into Medical Director Role, Looks Ahead to the Future of the SCCA Proton Therapy Center

Dr. Zeng Steps into Medical Director Role, Looks Ahead to the Future of the SCCA Proton Therapy Center

Congratulations to Dr. Jing Zeng who officially became the SCCA Proton Therapy Center’s Medical Director on October 16, after serving as Associate Medical Director since 2019. Her goal is to continue providing an excellent patient experience while also practicing leading-edge care.

Celebrating the Holidays During COVID

Celebrating the Holidays During COVID

Holiday season is nearly upon us, and this year we may be tempted to relax social distancing guidelines and return to celebrating the holidays as we have in the past. They are, after all, often a very emotional and celebratory time. However, public health experts strongly recommend that we modify our traditions to help contain the spread of COVID-19. This article has some tips about holiday celebrations that will give you options.

Dawn - Lung Cancer

Dawn - Lung Cancer

Towards the end of 2017, Dawn – an HR expert who loves Zumba - felt like she was fighting a respiratory illness and went to see her nurse practitioner, Catherine Ramsey, at UW Medicine. Ramsey believed it to be a mild case of pneumonia but ordered a CT scan to confirm. The CT scan showed a small tumor on Dawn’s lung. Dawn was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma.

Meet Dosimetrist Kristin Ferguson

Meet Dosimetrist Kristin Ferguson

Meet our newest dosimetrist, Kristin, who joined us recently from Texas, where she had worked with protons in the past.

Dr. L. Christine Fang Reflects on Her Work and New Research for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. L. Christine Fang Reflects on Her Work and New Research for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As one of the first providers to staff the Center, Dr. Fang has had the privilege to watch it grow, especially in terms of new developments in breast cancer treatment.

Dr. Chen Reflects on One Year Anniversary

Dr. Chen Reflects on One Year Anniversary

A lot has happened since Dr. Chen joined the team working with cancer patients at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center. Dr. Chen reflects on his first year.

Breast Cancer Campaign Launches for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Campaign Launches for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month we’re launching our marketing campaign featuring Han, who chose proton therapy for the tumor in her left breast. Check out some of the ads we created with this beautiful and brave survivor.

Meet Dr. Emily Weg, our newest Prostate Cancer specialist

Meet Dr. Emily Weg, our newest Prostate Cancer specialist

We are excited to introduce you to Dr. Emily Weg, who joins us to treat our population of prostate cancer patients. Learn more about Dr. Weg and her interests.

Mariners Athletic Trainer Receives Prostate Cancer Treatment During COVID-19

Mariners Athletic Trainer Receives Prostate Cancer Treatment During COVID-19

Former head athletic trainer for the Seattle Mariners, Rick Griffin, didn't like what he saw when a friend had treatment for prostate cancer. So Rick chose proton therapy.

Telehealth: the intersection of technology and healthcare

Telehealth: the intersection of technology and healthcare

In an effort to minimize contact due to COVID-19, we are offering Telehealth appointments in certain cases, such as for some consultations.

Bob - Prostate Cancer

Bob - Prostate Cancer

Bob has been a bowler all his life, and was even a bowling champion. So he was in good physical shape when he learned of his prostate cancer diagnosis at age 75. So his urologist recommended he go with proton therapy for minimal side effects.

Meet Dr. Stephanie Schaub, our newest Sarcoma team member

Meet Dr. Stephanie Schaub, our newest Sarcoma team member

Dr. Schaub will be working closely with her mentor, Dr. Ralph Ermoian (our pediatric radiation oncologist), and the world-class Seattle Children's Hospital team. She will care for childhood and adolescent patients in addition to adult patients.

Pierce County Survivorship Conference goes Virtual during COVID-19

Pierce County Survivorship Conference goes Virtual during COVID-19

We’re proud to support the small, local non-profit Cancer Survivorship NW again, which puts on the Pierce County Survivorship Conference. You will find us as a sponsor and exhibitor at the conference on August 5. JoAnne Fletcher has been doing the Pierce County Survivorship Conference – which sees about 250 attendees and features scores of speakers on many different topics – for the past 12 years. This year they have gone virtual.

3000th Patient Graduation Photo Album

3000th Patient Graduation Photo Album

Last month we celebrated our 3000th proton therapy graduate – childhood cancer patient Ryder. While we like to celebrate milestones like this with a fun party, COVID-19 prevented us from doing so this year. Still, it was important to us to celebrate both this endearing young boy, as well as the staff who work so hard to treat him (and all of our patients).

Breast Patient Participates in Marketing Campaign

Breast Patient Participates in Marketing Campaign

In June, we brought you the stories of two men who participated in our newest marketing campaign, which focuses on patients’ power to take charge of their treatment choices. Our third graduate, Han, is a young mother of two girls, who discovered a lump in her breast while she was pregnant. Learn more about Han and what inspired her to participate.

Meet Shayleen Van Thiel, our Compliance Manager

Meet Shayleen Van Thiel, our Compliance Manager

Shayleen Van Thiel is our Quality, Compliance & Research Manager. She works with staff to continuously improve the Center’s processes in order to create the best patient experience possible, and ensure that the Center is meeting all regulatory requirements. She is focused on making sure every patient has a safe and efficient experience from the time they contact us through their last visit.

Your Insurance Questions Answered

Your Insurance Questions Answered

Some of the most common questions we are asked at the Center deal with insurance coverage and financial aspects of receiving care. We have rounded up a number of these questions and provided some answers. It’s important to note that answers can vary widely based on the patient’s disease site and stage, insurance policy, and the state in which the insurance company is based, among others.

A Young Boy's Legacy Lives On

A Young Boy's Legacy Lives On

He was only ten, but after many months of surgery and proton therapy for a metastasis of his original tumor, and knowing that his time was limited, Wyatt decided he would spend the remainder of his life committed to making other kids with cancer feel better.

Randy - Prostate Cancer

Randy - Prostate Cancer

After a routine physical revealed that he had elevated PSA levels, Randy was shocked to discover he had prostate cancer. “That phone call from my urologist was tough!” says Randy. “My dad had prostate cancer at 75. My PSA had been trending up a bit, but I figured I had another 20 years before I had to deal with it. It is very concerning to hear that you have cancer!” Learn what steps Randy took next.

Meet our new Patient Services Manager, April Clements

Meet our new Patient Services Manager, April Clements

April joined us in June as our Patient Services Manager. She is a native of Seattle but has spent a lot of time traveling the world – from Central America to Europe to Asia. Read more about April.

Celebrating a Milestone: Our 3000th Patient

Celebrating a Milestone: Our 3000th Patient

A little more than seven years after treating our first patient, we will celebrate our 3000th graduate this June.

Precautions as we begin to end isolation

Precautions as we begin to end isolation

As governors across the country slowly reopen businesses and parks, we need to remember that everyone should still be taking precautions against exposure to COVID-19. Staying quarantined has become untenable for some people, but as we step out more often, please know that nothing should change about our new social behaviors.

New Ad Campaign Highlights Stories of Patients Taking Charge of their Care

New Ad Campaign Highlights Stories of Patients Taking Charge of their Care

The health and treatment success of our patients and graduates is most important to us here at the Center. There's nothing we love more than to hear back from patients after they've completed their proton therapy.Their stories about life after cancer illuminate just how successful treatment with protons can be. For our newest marketing campaign, these stories drive the narrative.

Meet our Concierge, Jill Louthian

Meet our Concierge, Jill Louthian

When you encounter Jill, one of our Concierge Team members, you can expect a big smile or laugh. Jill’s friendly demeanor is both infectious and genuine, hallmarks of a positive attitude about life. She attributes this to growing up with a loving and supportive family who encouraged her dreams and passions. Read more about Jill.

Protons for Brain Cancers

Protons for Brain Cancers

Dr. Lia Halasz, one of our brain and central nervous system cancers experts, helps us understand how proton therapy can be beneficial in treating some brain cancers.

Celebrating our Nurses and Medical Physicists

Celebrating our Nurses and Medical Physicists

May not only brings us spring flowers, but it’s also the month we celebrate and introduce you to our amazing nurses and medical physics staff. That’s because National Nurses Week and International Medical Physics Week both occur in May.

Caroline - Brain Cancer

Caroline - Brain Cancer

For Brain Cancer Awareness Month we’d like to share an inspiring story about a UW master’s student and former brain cancer patient who is continuing to spread joy to those around her.

5 Questions with Dr. Tseng

5 Questions with Dr. Tseng

Meet Dr. Yolanda Tseng. Dr. Tseng focuses on treating patients with brain and central nervous system tumors, and lymphoma. At home, she likes to spend time with her husband and two boys. Check out our 5 Qs with Dr. Tseng!

Protons for Head & Neck Cancers

Protons for Head & Neck Cancers

April is Head & Neck Cancers Awareness Month, an excellent time to highlight proton therapy as a treatment option. What are head and neck cancers? Read on to find out more about how proton therapy can be beneficial in treating many head and neck cancers.

Center Update on COVID-19

Center Update on COVID-19

As things are evolving with COVID-19, we want to share updates to our center policies as they evolve also. The Center’s number one priority is protecting the health of our patients and staff and we continue to take appropriate measures to address the risks.

Mark - Head & Neck Cancer

Mark - Head & Neck Cancer

Mark is a unicyclist and a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Parotid, a salivary gland cancer. He vanquished it with proton therapy and unicycled 104 miles back and forth to do it. Read Mark's interesting story.

5 Questions with Michelle Epp

5 Questions with Michelle Epp

Michelle is our new Scheduling Coordinator. You'll probably speak to her as she sets up your appointments for proton therapy. Michelle grew up in Redondo Beach, California, which is a beach town outside of Los Angeles. "I grew up playing soccer, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends and family," Michelle explained. Hear what Michelle had to say to The Beam.

Promising new study explores FLASH Proton Therapy

Promising new study explores FLASH Proton Therapy

A lot of people are talking about a new way to deliver radiation, where a large dose of radiation is given in a split second, instead of over several minutes. It’s called FLASH radiotherapy and the goal is to do a better job of killing cancer cells while sparing normal tissues.

Center Updates on COVID-19

Center Updates on COVID-19

As many of you are aware, there is growing concern around the spread of the COVID-19 virus (commonly referred to as the “coronavirus”) in our community. The Center’s number one priority is protecting the health of our patients and staff and we continue to assess the situation and take appropriate measures to address the risks.

Traci - Cervical Cancer

Traci - Cervical Cancer

Meet Traci, a self-proclaimed geek who got more than she bargained for when she was first diagnosed with cervical cancer. Read Traci's story on how she's beating cancer.

5 Questions with Dave Ackerson

5 Questions with Dave Ackerson

Dave recently joined us to consult on changes to our Information Systems. As UW Medicine moves entirely to Epic (medical records and scheduling system) we’re examining how to best integrate with all partners. Read our 5 Questions with Dave.

Focus on Prevention for 2020

Focus on Prevention for 2020

February is Cancer Prevention Month. Read some of the things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk.

Share Your Stories for KEXP

Share Your Stories for KEXP

There's still time to share your stories and song lists for our MusicHeals event on Feb. 13!

You're Invited to Join Three Proton Therapy Graduates

You're Invited to Join Three Proton Therapy Graduates

These three men have something in common. Find out what it is!

5 Questions with Alana Atkinson

5 Questions with Alana Atkinson

We recently connected with Alana Atkinson, one of our dedicated team members who work in our Intake Department. Read our five questions with Alana.

The Path to Proton Therapy

The Path to Proton Therapy

Proton therapy is a precise, effective cancer treatment, and an important resource for patients and caregivers in the Pacific Northwest. The ability to offer this modality of radiation was the result of decades of work by scientists across multiple disciplines. Here’s a look at what had to happen to make proton therapy available today.

Share Your Stories of Healing

Share Your Stories of Healing

Share your stories of hope, healing, and strength during our annual Music Heals event with KEXP on February 13. Send your stories in now.

New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

The beginning of a new year has been traditionally the time when people make resolutions to change habits, better themselves, pick up new hobbies and make better lifestyle choices. This year, we invite you to add some resolutions to your list that involve our proton therapy center. Here’s what you could do.

5 Questions with Rajesh Regmi, PhD

5 Questions with Rajesh Regmi, PhD

Meet Rajesh Regmi, PhD, one of our medical physicists, who make sure that everything related to the workings of the proton beam is working perfectly. Read more about Rajesh.

Luckiest Man on the Planet

Luckiest Man on the Planet

Recently in the news, our prostate cancer survivor, Steve Pool, shared his experience going through proton therapy here at the Center.

Invitation to a Holiday Party

Invitation to a Holiday Party

We've entered the holiday season again, and to celebrate, we are hosting a party for our youngest patients and family members.

Declan - Childhood Cancer

Declan - Childhood Cancer

Declan is a sweet, active 4-year-old boy with an infectious smile who loves trains, tractors, boats, his stuffed monkey and his imaginary pig. Erin is his devoted mother and caregiver. Please read their story.

5 Questions with Steve Connelly

5 Questions with Steve Connelly

Steve is one of our hardworking, kind, and funny nurses at the Center. He joined the team in 2017. He frequently works with our prostate, head-and-neck, and GI patients. Please read our 5 Questions with Steve.

Call to Action: Medicare limits access to Proton Therapy

Call to Action: Medicare limits access to Proton Therapy

We need your voice to be heard! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing a new payment model that would threaten the financial viability of proton therapy centers, like ours. Now is the time to act! Please visit Alliance for Proton Therapy to tell your representatives in Congress to preserve access to proton therapy.

The Importance of Meditation

The Importance of Meditation

Maybe you've heard that meditation is good for you and that we should all practice meditation daily. What is meditation, though, and why is it good for you? Learn from Linda Portnoy, MA exactly what is meditation and why it can be beneficial for patients facing cancer.

Leah - Thymoma

Leah - Thymoma

Seattle resident, Leah, thought she might be having a heart attack when she felt pressure in her chest. It wasn't a heart attack, though. Read on to find out more.

5 Questions with Nick DiMartino

5 Questions with Nick DiMartino

A life-long Washingtonian, our new CFO, Nick DiMartino, joined us this summer to oversee the Center's financial health. He and his wife, Janie, have two high-school-aged sons, plus a black lab named Yogi.

Recent Study shows promise of Proton Therapy for Liver Cancer

Recent Study shows promise of Proton Therapy for Liver Cancer

A study published earlier this year in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology showed that proton therapy “was associated with improved overall survival” over conventional radiation in certain liver cancer patients. Read on to find out what this means for liver cancer patients like Dale.

Recap on the Best of Breast Conference

Recap on the Best of Breast Conference

Read a brief recap on the Best of Breast in the Pacific Northwest conference hosted by our partner, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Janel - Breast Cancer

Janel - Breast Cancer

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we reached out to one of our amazing breast cancer survivors, Janel, who battled triple-negative breast cancer twice. We’re happy to report that she’s doing well, and welcomed the chance to reconnect with her.

5 Questions with Meredith Cassels

5 Questions with Meredith Cassels

Meredith, our Business Analyst, is one of our employees who's been with the Center since before it opened! Not only is she a Center expert, staff also come to see her with pet-related questions! Read our 5 Questions with Meredith.

Updates in Rectal Protection during Prostate Radiation

Updates in Rectal Protection during Prostate Radiation

Years ago, almost all of our patients with prostate cancer were treated using a rectal balloon to help protect the rectum from radiation and potential side effects. Now the number of patients treated using the balloon has fallen. Find out why.

Three Men Share their Protons & Prostate Stories

Three Men Share their Protons & Prostate Stories

It’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and we recently reached out to some of our prostate cancer survivors and asked them to share their experiences with us. Read on to find out more!

Pom - Prostate Cancer

Pom - Prostate Cancer

Pom is one of our prostate cancer survivors who attended many graduations to play music and make the event even more memorable for patients finishing treatment. We really appreciate Pom and his wife, Kathi, for bringing joy to all of us. We hope you enjoy Pom’s story!

5 Questions with Angie Morales

5 Questions with Angie Morales

Meet Angie, our Purchasing Clerk. Angie hails from Costa Rica, is the oldest of five siblings, and loves animals, especially cats. She likes learning about different things such as science and history, and she likes to box! Read on to find out more about Angie.

Metastatic Prostate Cancer News

Metastatic Prostate Cancer News

Exciting New Treatment Options for Men with Limited Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Dr. Rengan Named Top Doc

Dr. Rengan Named Top Doc

We’re excited that our Medical Director, Dr. Ramesh Rengan, was voted a Top Doctor by his colleagues for the August issue of Seattle Met Magazine.

Join us for Cancer Support Walks

Join us for Cancer Support Walks

This year, SCCA Proton Therapy Center is sponsoring three walks/runs for organizations that support our family of patients. The Center will have teams for all three, and we hope you’ll join us! There are shorter walk events, kids events, and even a best-dressed dog competition! It’s a great way to support these organizations and connect with our community of staff, patients, and physicians.

5 Questions with Dr. Rana

5 Questions with Dr. Rana

Meet Dr. Shushan Rana, who joins us at the Center for a one-year fellowship. Dr. Rana is pursuing a career in pediatric radiation oncology because he believes in the power of protons for kids, but he’s eager to learn about protons for adults, too.

Recap of our Involvement at the Particle Therapy Conference

Recap of our Involvement at the Particle Therapy Conference

Last month, a group of staff and doctors attended the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG) Annual Conference - which exists to promote science, technology, and practical clinical application of particle therapy - to share their latest research and findings.

Meet our New Doctor

Meet our New Doctor

We're excited to welcome Dr. Jonathan Chen to our team of radiation oncologists! In preparation for welcoming him to our Center, we were able to ask Dr. Chen some questions about his thoughts and philosophies.

Ricky - Prostate Cancer

Ricky - Prostate Cancer

When he was first diagnosed with prostate cancer, it hit Ricky hard. He shut down and wouldn't talk about it anyone. He was scared. But when he found SCCA Proton Therapy Center, that changed.

Meet Marketing Manager Rob

Meet Marketing Manager Rob

Rob recently joined our Marketing and Outreach team. He’s a long-time Seattle resident who fell in love with the city after skipping between Denver, Los Angeles and Sacramento, running campaigns for non-profit arts organizations. “There’s so much to love in Seattle: the vibrant arts scene, the natural beauty of the region, amazing food, even the weather.” Read our 5 Questions with Rob.

Become a Patient Advocate

Become a Patient Advocate

For patients recently diagnosed with cancer, determining what type of treatment is best can be overwhelming. Here at SCCA Proton Therapy Center, we pair prospective patients with proton therapy graduates to help them understand what they might experience from someone who has been through the treatment.

Did you Miss our Tool Time Videos?

Did you Miss our Tool Time Videos?

If you happened to miss our Tool Time videos on Facebook and Instagram, you can still watch them via YouTube!

Rance's World Travels

Rance's World Travels

It's been 3 years since Rance finished proton therapy. He's really lived it up since then!

5 Questions with Daniel Lee

5 Questions with Daniel Lee

Meet Daniel, our newest IT specialist. He's moved to Seattle with his wife, Nicole, from Baltimore, Maryland. Read our 5 Questions with Daniel.

What Exactly is a Tumor?

What Exactly is a Tumor?

The definition of a tumor is a mass of tissue that is formed by an accumulation of abnormal cells. Read on to learn more about tumors and tumor types.

Meet our Oncology Social Worker

Meet our Oncology Social Worker

Here at SCCA Proton Therapy Center, we are proud to offer a person who plays a very crucial role, providing emotional support and counsel to patients: our oncology social worker. Meet Tammie and learn what she can do for you.

Deirdre - Brain Cancer

Deirdre - Brain Cancer

It's been six years since Deirdre was treated for brain cancer - and she wrote a book about it! Read the follow-up to her original survivor story.

5 Questions with Anna Murphy

5 Questions with Anna Murphy

Meet Anna. Before she moved out to Seattle to start her career as a Radiation Therapist, she was finishing up school at Arkansas State University. A little fun fact about her is that she played volleyball her entire life and all four years in college. Read our 5 Qs with Anna.

April is Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

April is Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

This month marks National Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer of the head and neck is often preventable, and if diagnosed early enough, usually curable. There are many signs of hope as treatments have advanced.

PHOTOS: Music Heals

PHOTOS: Music Heals

We were proud to partner with KEXP again for our 3rd Annual Music Heals: Beyond Cancer. Check out photos from the event!

5 Questions with Ryan Van Ort

5 Questions with Ryan Van Ort

Meet Ryan, our evening concierge. Ryan just graduated from the University of Washington and wanted to interact with patients before he went on to Med School. Read our 5 Questions with Ryan.

Bringing Music to the Center

Bringing Music to the Center

Music Heals isn’t the only time of year that music spreads joy. Check out our many graduates who've brought music to our Center.

Three Nutrition Tips for Cancer Patients

Three Nutrition Tips for Cancer Patients

This month marks National Nutrition Month, and for cancer patients, nutrition is a very important part of treatment. Check out the nutrition tips we have rounded up for you.

Dr. George Laramore Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. George Laramore Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. George Laramore, MD, PhD, FACR, FASTRO, has been named the 2019 recipient of the National Association for Proton Therapy Lifetime Achievement Award!

Eileen - Lymph Node Cancer

Eileen - Lymph Node Cancer

Meet Eileen, who survived not only her own cancer, but helped her son recover from his own trauma. Read her answers to our 5 Questions to find out the story!

5 Questions with Gabriel Ayala

5 Questions with Gabriel Ayala

Meet our newest dosimetrist, Gabriel. He recently graduated from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after changing careers from another cancer-related field. Read our 5 Questions with Gabriel.

Video: Proton Therapy for Ocular Melanoma

Video: Proton Therapy for Ocular Melanoma

Here at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center, we are proud to offer an Ocular Melanoma Program. Watch our video to learn more.

Music Heals: Gearing up for the Event

Music Heals: Gearing up for the Event

We are proud to again partner with KEXP for our 3rd Annual Music Heals: Beyond Cancer! Tune in to KEXP 90.3FM on Thursday, March 28th for uplifting and inspiring music to heal our souls in the face of cancer.

Amy - Ocular Cancer

Amy - Ocular Cancer

Meet Amy and read the playlist she made to help her through cancer. Find out her other hobbies and what it was like to go through proton therapy for ocular cancer.

5 Questions with Kim Dansie

5 Questions with Kim Dansie

Kim was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Arizona, but after meeting her husband (an Oregon Duck), she uprooted and relocated to the Pacific Northwest. They live in Mill Creek with their son, Colin, who just started kindergarten. Before joining the SCCA Proton Therapy Center, Kim worked just across the parking lot at Northwest Hospital, as their Senior Director of Finance. She will be serving the Center in the Controller role, which means she will ensure the Center's financial position and performance is accurately reported to both internal and external stakeholders.

Meet our New Associate Medical Director

Meet our New Associate Medical Director

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jing Zeng will join our Leadership Team as Associate Medical Director.

Holiday Roundup

Holiday Roundup

The holidays are a festive time of the year to give thanks, spend time with loved ones, and celebrate traditions. Here at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center, we have some festive traditions of our own.

Cora - Childhood Cancer

Cora - Childhood Cancer

Meet Cora, a 14-year-old who had to battle cancer and just finished proton therapy earlier this year. Learn all about Cora as she answers our questions!

5 Questions with Christopher Bodewell

5 Questions with Christopher Bodewell

Meet Christopher, our brand-new Administrative Assistant! Christopher has met quite a few celebs... read on to find out more!

Lung Cancer - A New Hope

Lung Cancer - A New Hope

November marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month. And while lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, there are many signs of hope. Lung cancer treatments have changed dramatically in recent years, with new innovations, increased options and significantly higher survival rates.

Our Center Supports Community Events

Our Center Supports Community Events

We love every opportunity to get out in the community and raise donations, awareness, and hope for cancer patients throughout our region. In September, we participated in two great events. Read on to see lots of pictures.

Laura - Head & Neck Cancer

Laura - Head & Neck Cancer

Laura, tattoo enthusiast and mom of two teenage girls, traveled from Idaho to get treatment at our center for head and neck cancer. Read her answers to our 5 Questions and meet Willy!

5 Questions with Colton Kray

5 Questions with Colton Kray

Meet Colton, who is on the Concierge team. Last June he graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology. In the future, he plans on attending medical school to continue his pursuit as a physician.

Treat the Breast Cancer, Protect the Heart

Treat the Breast Cancer, Protect the Heart

A 2013 study found that for every Gr delivered to the heart, a patient’s likelihood of experiencing a major coronary event, such as cardiac arrest, goes up by 7.4%. Read about how proton therapy can help.

Our Nurses are Here to Help

Our Nurses are Here to Help

Our nurses are here for you when you have questions and need answers, or even just to have someone hold your hand.

Gabe - Childhood Cancer Survivor

Gabe - Childhood Cancer Survivor

Gabe is a very active 15-year-old who's recently set records in go-kart racing. He's also appeared in the Seattle Times and now shares his answers to our 5 Questions with us. Read more about Gabe!

5 Questions with Tanya Sanchez

5 Questions with Tanya Sanchez

Meet Tanya, our Nurse Manager. She joined the team recently, coming from sunny Miami, where she was Director of Nursing at South Miami Hospital. Read our 5 Questions with Tanya.

The Bragg Peak - Something to Brag About

The Bragg Peak - Something to Brag About

What is the Bragg Peak? Learn about this proton phenomenon here.

Navigating Insurance Coverage and Finances

Navigating Insurance Coverage and Finances

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Proton Therapy Center wants to help its patients through every step of their treatment process. Among the most concerning issues for some patients are cost and insurance coverage. The center connects their patients with a personal patient navigator to support their journey throughout treatment.

Carl - Prostate Cancer

Carl - Prostate Cancer

Meet Carl, a Tacoma resident who was diagnosed with prostate cancer this past September. Despite being told by his urologist “your insurance won't cover proton therapy,” he wasn’t discouraged. He reached out anyway, and his insurance approved him! Read our questions with Carl.

5 Questions with Kricket Southwick

5 Questions with Kricket Southwick

Kricket is our new Executive Assistant, handling the schedule and everything else for our busy president and CEO. She came to us from Virginia Mason, where she worked in a similar role. Learn more about Kricket by reading her answers to our 5 Questions!

What are Secondary Malignancies?

What are Secondary Malignancies?

When battling cancer, your immediate concern is to treat the cancer you have. Nobody wants to think about the risk of developing new and different tumors caused by the cancer treatments – or “secondary malignancies” as they are often called.

10 Tips to Talk to your MD

10 Tips to Talk to your MD

Getting diagnosed with cancer and determining what course of treatment to pursue can be a very stressful and anxiety-ridden journey. It’s important to remember that your doctor is your best resource to help answer any questions specific to your diagnosis and treatment plan. However, often patients are overwhelmed and don’t know how to talk to their doctors or know the right questions to ask.

Jenny - Breast

Jenny - Breast

Jenny is a beautiful young mother from Oregon who was diagnosed with breast cancer and came to our center for proton therapy. Learn more about Jenny's story by reading her thoughtful answers to our questions!

5 Questions with Kelsey Miyoshi

5 Questions with Kelsey Miyoshi

Kelsey is our Senior Financial Analyst at SCCA Proton Therapy Center. He spends a lot of time in front of the computer, but that's not all he enjoys! Find out more about Kelsey by reading his answers to our 5 Questions!

What are the Benefits of Protons vs. Surgery for Prostate Cancer?

What are the Benefits of Protons vs. Surgery for Prostate Cancer?

When diagnosed with cancer, it is crucial to conduct as much research as possible regarding the various treatment options available. This is true for prostate cancer, as there are many different options, including surgery and radiation therapy. When deciding between these two treatment plans, patients should take into account the invasiveness of surgery versus quality-of-life and lifestyle maintenance with radiation. Proton therapy, a specific type of radiation therapy, offers many benefits that surgery does not.

5 Things to do in Seattle in Summer

5 Things to do in Seattle in Summer

At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy, many of our patients have traveled from outside the area for treatment and are new to Seattle. We want every patient to feel welcomed by Seattle and encourage our patients to explore the city’s wonderful offerings during their stay. Each season brings unique activities to enjoy.

Jon - Prostate

Jon - Prostate

Jon is a prostate-cancer survivor who, when first diagnosed, panicked a little at the thought of surgery! Read our 5 Questions with Jon!

5 Questions with Ethan Oddy

5 Questions with Ethan Oddy

Meet Ethan, our Clinical Administrative Assistant. Ethan came to us from the UW Medicine Contact Center, but is originally from the opposite side of the US, the Adirondack mountains of New York! Read our 5 Questiosn with Ethan.

Why is Reduced Radiation to the Brain Important?

Why is Reduced Radiation to the Brain Important?

While proton therapy is a potential treatment for patients with numerous types of cancers, it is very helpful for brain tumor patients. Treatment to the brain must be designed to result in as few side effects as possible.

What our Concierge Services has to Offer

What our Concierge Services has to Offer

At SCCA Proton Therapy, we strive to make every visit as stress-free and comfortable as possible for our patients and their families. One way we do this is through our exceptional Patient Services Concierge team, which provides patients with a variety of resources and services.

Rachel - Brain

Rachel - Brain

Rachel was diagnosed with low-grade glioma astrocytoma, a brain tumor, while in her late 20s, and underwent surgery and proton therapy. Here are her answers to our questions about her journey.

5 Questions with Skye Nofziger

5 Questions with Skye Nofziger

Skye has been one of our Radiation Therapists since 2013! Many of you know her. Read her answers to our fun 5 Questions here.

A Look Behind the Gantry

A Look Behind the Gantry

Our center has a lobby such as you’d find in a hotel, complete with fireplace, comfortable seating, and welcoming staff. But what’s behind the walls and floor?

Launching a new Support Group

Launching a new Support Group

The SCCA Proton Therapy Center is starting a new, everyone-is-welcome support group for our patients. This group is for people with any type of cancer, in any stage of proton therapy treatment. Please join us for this free monthly gathering.

Jennifer - Sarcoma

Jennifer - Sarcoma

At age thirty six, Jennifer went in for a standard hysterectomy procedure. When she returned for her two-week follow up, she was surprised to be told there was cancer in one of her uterine fibroids. After she was diagnosed with uterine leiomyosarcoma.

5 Questions with Dr. Peterson

5 Questions with Dr. Peterson

Dr. Peterson offers ancillary naturopathic services at the Center by appointment on Thursdays. He also offers acupuncture. Here are our 5 Questions with Dr. Peterson!

What's so special about PBS?

What's so special about PBS?

When you Google proton therapy, you frequently come across the words Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS). PBS, also known as spot scanning, is an innovative form of proton therapy that uses a series of small proton beams to paint the tumor with spots of radiation like a pointillist paints a picture, until the entire tumor is covered.

Machinists create Child Life Learning Tool

Machinists create Child Life Learning Tool

Erin Behen, our child life specialist, is always looking for good ways to prepare children with cancer for the various processes and procedures they undergo during their journey. So our machinists Brad Ridgeway and Mike Soden built Erin a miniature CT scanner.

Highlights of the Music Heals Event

Highlights of the Music Heals Event

On February 1, we celebrated the power of music to lift our spirits in the face of cancer. Thank you to KEXP for their collaboration and devoting their airwaves to music suggestions from the community as well as featuring on-air patient stories. We’d like to share some highlights from the day and say a big thank you to EVERYONE that participated.

Jim - Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Jim - Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Jim, from Omak is a 25-year lobbying veteran. One day, he found two strange bumps on his chin, which wouldn’t heal, and kept changing in size. The diagnosis was sobering: merkel cell carcinoma, a rare type of skin cancer.

VIDEO: Making Your Mask for Treatment

VIDEO: Making Your Mask for Treatment

Watch our new video on the process of creating your mask for proton therapy.

Music Heals: Beyond Cancer

Music Heals: Beyond Cancer

Tune in to KEXP 90.3 all day, today, February 1 for this year’s Music Heals: Beyond Cancer, dedicated to the uplifting power of music.

Proton Patients Share Their Stories

Proton Patients Share Their Stories

Most people, and their employers, understandably assume their health insurance will cover the cost of proton radiation, but that’s not always the case. Insurance denials are an unfortunate aspect of the healthcare landscape. While there is a pre-authorization process in place for proton therapy, it can take several weeks to get it sorted out, which can take an emotional toll at an already stressful time. And sometimes the treatment is denied coverage. Recently, three graduates from SCCA Proton Therapy Center got together and shared their personal stories.

5 Qs with Phillip Taddei

5 Qs with Phillip Taddei

Meet Phillip, one of our Medical Physicists. Before he came here, he worked at the American University of Beirut Medical Center and at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.

Proton Therapy Research in the News

Proton Therapy Research in the News

As the medical community continues to conduct research studies on proton beam therapy, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Proton Therapy Center and other medical centers within the region are supporting ongoing trials to expand their knowledge of beneficial treatments and relay this information to patients and their families.

Festivities Brighten the Holidays

Festivities Brighten the Holidays

The holiday season may seem just about the worst time to have cancer in the family. To help provide joy in what can be a stressful and emotional time, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Proton Therapy Center hosts a couple of events in December in the hopes of giving each patient the best holiday experience possible.

Jim - Prostate

Jim - Prostate

Jim is an award-winning wine maker and a biotech veteran, and no matter the job or the task, Jim faces all challenges heads on. This mindset came in handy when learning about his prostate cancer diagnosis four years ago.

5 Questions with Shadonna Maes

5 Questions with Shadonna Maes

Shadonna Maes is one of our dosimetrists who has worked at many proton centers. Read our 5 Questions with Shadonna.

What’s the deal with Childhood Cancers? with Dr. Ermoian

What’s the deal with Childhood Cancers? with Dr. Ermoian

We sat down with our resident childhood cancer expert, Dr. Ralph Ermoian. Dr. Ermoian is board certified in both pediatrics and radiation oncology and sees patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital and SCCA Proton Therapy Center. He tells us all about childhood cancers - how rare, how they're treated, etc.

Crosscut On target: Proton beam therapy improves quality of life post-cancer

Crosscut On target: Proton beam therapy improves quality of life post-cancer

Recently in the News: Childhood cancer survivor and proton therapy grad, Avery, is featured in Crosscut this month. Read about her amazing cancer story.

Jack - Childhood Cancer

Jack - Childhood Cancer

Curtis, or Jack as his family calls him, is a typical 12-year-old boy in all ways but one. He was diagnosed with cancer. Read on to see how Jack's mother knew something was wrong and how his care unfolded.

5 Qs with Dr. Corrie Anderson

5 Qs with Dr. Corrie Anderson

Dr. Anderson is one of our anesthesiologists. He works with our younger children and anyone who needs anesthesia to hold perfectly still during proton therapy. Read his fascinating answers to our 5 Questions.

What are Fiducial Markers and why do they matter?

What are Fiducial Markers and why do they matter?

Smaller than a grain of rice, fiducial markers are tiny metal objects that are implanted inside the body to act as a “radiologic landmark,” pinpointing the tumor’s exact location with greater accuracy and precision.

Recap of Three Fall Sponsorships

Recap of Three Fall Sponsorships

Every year, the SCCA Proton Therapy Center sponsors organizations which participate in cancer care, either through treatment, research or support. This fall, the Center proudly sponsored three events.

Shirley - Trachea

Shirley - Trachea

Shirley was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC) of the trachea in 2010. It is such a rare form of cancer that her physician in Sydney, Australia, referred her to a specialist in the US.

5 Questions with Meredith Fane

5 Questions with Meredith Fane

Meredith joined us at the end of August as our Physician Outreach Manager. Since then she's gone full steam ahead and could be called our Patient Outreach Manager, too!

Breast Cancer & Heart Health: New Information on the Impact of Radiation

Breast Cancer & Heart Health: New Information on the Impact of Radiation

For every Gray (a unit of radiation dose measurement), a woman’s chance of a major coronary event goes up by 7.4 percent. That's why the precision of protons is so important.

Breast Cancer at our Center

Breast Cancer at our Center

Until recently, conventional radiotherapy’s side effects have been accepted in order to appropriately treat the cancer. However, proton therapy, which directly targets the tumor without creating excess radiation to healthy tissues and organs, gives women a better option

Susan - Breast

Susan - Breast

Susan has a lot to live for: she’s a daughter, a mother, a grandmother, a girlfriend, and a friend. Her spirit is infectious, bringing joy and laughter to those around her. One thing she’s known for? Her humor. Often cracking jokes, Susan knows how to bring comedy to any situation. Even when it comes to her cancer diagnosis.

5 Questions with Dr. Christine Fang

5 Questions with Dr. Christine Fang

Dr. L. Christine Fang is our breast cancer specialist at SCCA Proton Therapy Center. She is researching novel radiation techniques to minimize radiation-induced side effects for breast cancer, as well as how to improve patients' quality of life. Here are our 5 Questions with Dr. Fang.

What happens to a Tumor during Proton Therapy?

What happens to a Tumor during Proton Therapy?

Inquiring minds want to know: What happens to a tumor during proton therapy? Read more to find out.

The History of Proton Therapy

The History of Proton Therapy

Proton Therapy, or Proton Beam Therapy, is a type of particle radiation therapy that has been used to treat cancer for nearly 60 years. Read more to learn the full history.

Like Father, Like Son: Sam and Alan

Like Father, Like Son: Sam and Alan

Sam and Alan are connected in more ways than one. Not only are they father and son, but they both know what it’s like to live with cancer. Here are their stories.

5 Questions with Dr. Jing Zeng

5 Questions with Dr. Jing Zeng

Dr. Zeng is our physician who specializes in prostate cancer and lung and thoracic malignancies. She is very involved in research that aims to minimize side effects from radiation treatment. Read our 5 Questions with Dr. Zeng.

On Sarcoma with Dr. Ed Kim

On Sarcoma with Dr. Ed Kim

Dr. Ed Kim, our radiation oncologist who specializes in sarcomas, talks about this rare disease.

200th Graduation Celebration

200th Graduation Celebration

It’s graduation season. Every school and college is celebrating those who’ve achieved a major milestone. Watch how SCCA Proton Therapy Center celebrated their 200th Graduation Ceremony.

Jane - Sarcoma

Jane - Sarcoma

Two thousand ten was a terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad year for Jane - being diagnosed with cancer and suffering a car accident!

5 Questions with Erica Bates

5 Questions with Erica Bates

Meet Erica! She's from Philadelphia and moved to Seattle two years ago to work as a radiation therapist. Read our 5 questions with Erica.

Highlights from the PTCOG Conference in Japan

Highlights from the PTCOG Conference in Japan

Physics innovations. New techniques for better outcomes. Streamlined operations. These are just a few of the important presentations our staff gave at the recent Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG) conference in Japan. PTCOG studies and promotes particle radiology’s application in the fight against cancer.

What do baseball and prostates have in common?

What do baseball and prostates have in common?

June is the perfect time for a baseball game. It’s also, coincidentally, Men’s Health Month! That means June is also a great time to focus on prostate health. That’s why SCCA Proton Therapy and the Mariners have picked June to team up to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

Forging Friendships Despite Cancer

Forging Friendships Despite Cancer

Six weeks. Five days a week, sometimes twice a day. That’s up to 60 visits to the SCCA Proton Therapy Center for short treatments for cancer. But, just because you have cancer doesn’t mean you can’t use those 60 opportunities to make new friends. That’s what Robbie and Trina did as they were undergoing cancer treatment at SCCA Proton Therapy Center. Here are their stories.

Meet Grayden MacLennan

Meet Grayden MacLennan

Grayden is a dosimetrist at the Center. He came to here with a background in IT and worked his magic with our dosimetric systems. Now he creates the dose plans for many of our patients. Here are our 5 Questions with Grayden.

Recruiting underway for a Clinical Trial

Recruiting underway for a Clinical Trial

Comparing protons with photons for head and neck cancer: this clinical trial is opening for enrollment at SCCA Proton Therapy Center.

Love Notes from our Patients

Love Notes from our Patients

We love our patients and many return the love… The most common sentiment we hear? “I wish I didn’t have to be here, but since I do, the people are great!”

David's Brain Cancer Journey

David's Brain Cancer Journey

David is a lover of nature and spends every moment he can outside. He particularly enjoys mountain climbing, referring to himself as a ‘mountaineer. However, after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011, David knew he had to put away his climbing gear for a while.

5 Questions with Dr. Lia Halasz

5 Questions with Dr. Lia Halasz

Many of you have met our esteemed Dr. Halasz, who treats brain cancer and other central nervous system cancers at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center. Here are our 5 Questions with Dr. Halasz.

A Key Proton Therapy Partnership

A Key Proton Therapy Partnership

SCCA Proton Therapy Center is the proud owner of a cyclotron made by IBA Group, the world’s largest provider of proton equipment.

Avery's Message on Music & Healing

Avery's Message on Music & Healing

At the Music Heals event, where people whose lives have been touched by cancer shared the music that got them through,11-year-old Avery, a patient with a kind of brain cancer called atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT), told her story.

Casey Luttrull - Brain

Casey Luttrull - Brain

Casey is a tough 19-year-old. Studying to be a utility lineman, he hunts and fishes, plays baseball, and sometimes, is too tough for his own good. “I had a migraine for a week, throwing up, trying to go to class—it felt like red hot needles were being stuck in my eyes."

5 Questions with Thuy Nguyen, RN, BSN

5 Questions with Thuy Nguyen, RN, BSN

Meet Thuy (pronounced Twee), our Clinical Nurse Manager, and read her answers to our 5 Questions.

Update on PCORI Breast Trial

Update on PCORI Breast Trial

We're currently enrolling patients in a breast cancer trial that compares protons to photons (X-rays), led by Athena Award-winning doctor L.Christine Fang.

Connecting with China and Seattle's Chinese Population

Connecting with China and Seattle's Chinese Population

Jenny Han of The Epoch Times* recently interviewed Dr. Rengan to discuss proton therapy for a Chinese audience.

Checking back with Garrett

Checking back with Garrett

Nine-year-old Garrett has a twin sister, three parrots, and is three years cancer-free! He was one of the first children treated at the center. Find out how he's doing now.

Meet Trang Nguyen, RTT

Meet Trang Nguyen, RTT

Meet Trang. Trang has been with us almost from the beginning as one of our Radiation Therapists. Trang often works with the prostate patients in Room 1. Here are our 5 questions for Trang.

ACRO Certified!

ACRO Certified!

For the past year, SCCA Proton Therapy Center has been working towards accreditation by the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), and we’re happy to report that on December 1, 2016 we were granted full accreditation.

Join us for KEXP's Music Heals

Join us for KEXP's Music Heals

On March 2nd, KEXP 90.3FM and SCCA Proton Therapy will host a day honoring music’s ability to lift our spirits in the face of cancer! Tune in!

Jamale Thompson - GI Cancer

Jamale Thompson - GI Cancer

Jamale Thompson is a woman of hope, strength and love, and lupus, which has made her an advocate for her health. Then she began experiencing pain in her stomach and discovered that she had Esophageal Cancer.

Meet Jason Dixon

Meet Jason Dixon

Meet Jason, a veteran of proton therapy. Jason started at the MidWest Proton Radiotherapy Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, did clinical training in Oklahoma, New Jersey and Seattle, and helped start the first certification program for proton radiation therapists.

Protons & Eye Cancers: The Perfect Pairing

Protons & Eye Cancers: The Perfect Pairing

Luckily, eye cancers are rare. But when they do happen, their location – in the head, near the brain - makes them uniquely suited to be treated with the precision of protons.

What is a Cyclotron?

What is a Cyclotron?

A cyclotron sounds like a weapon out of a James Bond movie, and it kind of looks like one, too. But in this case, it’s a weapon aimed at cancer—a weapon on the good guy’s side.

Wanda Souders - Faith & Roadtrips & Cancer

Wanda Souders - Faith & Roadtrips & Cancer

For Wanda, a trip to the eye doctor turns into a trip to the eye specialist, which turns into a trip to the oncologist. The verdict? Ocular cancer.

5 Questions about Ocular Treatments with Clif Bradford

5 Questions about Ocular Treatments with Clif Bradford

Clif is an expert at ocular proton treatments! Learn all about what Clif does, the special equipment he uses, and what he likes best about the proton center.

Child Life Specialist Erin Behen

Child Life Specialist Erin Behen

Challenging life events, such as cancer, are difficult for anyone, but imagine facing the uncertainty, pain and scary prognoses as a child. That’s why we have a child Life Specialist.

Talking to Your Child about their Cancer

Talking to Your Child about their Cancer

How do you speak to your child about their cancer diagnosis? There are three rules to keep in mind, even as children vary in personality, age, etc.

BrookLynn O'Hara - Childhood Cancer

BrookLynn O'Hara - Childhood Cancer

When BrookLynn O’Hara grows up, she wants to be a nurse and work at a children’s hospital. And she’ll be a great one, because she’s been on the other side, and knows all about great nurses.

5 Questions with Dr. Ralph Ermoian

5 Questions with Dr. Ralph Ermoian

Meet Dr. Ermoian, one of our board-certified radiation oncologists who has also completed a pediatrics residency and treats the children who come to proton therapy for care.

Medical Director Speaks at Health Care Conference

Medical Director Speaks at Health Care Conference

Dr. Ramesh Rengan was invited by the National Health &Family Planning Commission of China to present on precision medicine at the China–U.S. Hospital Leadership Symposium in Beijing.

November is National Caregiver Month

November is National Caregiver Month

Here's a shout out to caregivers during National Caregiver Month, and some resources to help you out!

Margery Godfrey - Lung

Margery Godfrey - Lung

Margery Godfrey is a kick in the pants. She’s lively, speaks her mind, and is very funny. Even about her cancer. Learn more about Margery's lung cancer journey.

5 Questions with Dr. Shilpen Patel

5 Questions with Dr. Shilpen Patel

Dr. Patel treats patients with lung cancer at SCCA Proton Therapy. His belief that "patients should be treated as if they were family members," makes a perfect fit. Read our 5 Questions with Dr. Patel.

Integrating Research into Cure: studies presented at ASTRO

Integrating Research into Cure: studies presented at ASTRO

A review of the proton-related papers presented by our doctors at the annual American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston.

Breast Cancer Survivors—Worth Wearing Pink For!

Breast Cancer Survivors—Worth Wearing Pink For!

Jason Dixon is often wearing pink these days! He's preparing for the Making Strides event, and we want you to join us!

3 Minutes, 30 Seconds of Hope and Healing

3 Minutes, 30 Seconds of Hope and Healing

Check out our three new videos about some of our proton therapy patient stars.

Meet Avril O'Ryan-Blair

Meet Avril O'Ryan-Blair

Meet Avril O’Ryan-Blair, one of our Senior Medical Dosimetrists. Avril frequently works on dosimetry for breast cancer patients. Read our 5 Qs with Avril.

Premera and Regence Expand Proton Coverage

Premera and Regence Expand Proton Coverage

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.

Walk with us at Run of Hope

Walk with us at Run of Hope

SCCA Proton Therapy Center is proud to sponsor Run of Hope to benefit pediatric brain tumor research! Join us!

Nicolle Mattingly - Brain Cancer

Nicolle Mattingly - Brain Cancer

At age 9, Nicolle Mattingly had a tumor and underwent surgery and radiation. 17 years later, she had another tumor: a side effect of her radiation treatment. This time she was able to choose proton therapy.

5 Questions with Dr. Nicole Pelly

5 Questions with Dr. Nicole Pelly

Dr. Pelly is one of the anesthesiologists, working with our youngest patients. Here is what Dr. Pelly had to say about the five questions we asked her.

Tell us about your #ExtraTime

Tell us about your #ExtraTime

Inspired by our patient Hank Davis, we want to know: what will you do with your extra time?

Celebrating 1,000 Patients

Celebrating 1,000 Patients

Last month we celebrated a major milestone: 1,000 patients have completed proton therapy at our center.

Rance Patterson's Heavy Particles

Rance Patterson's Heavy Particles

Rance was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the mucus glands. Luckily, he could come right home for both proton and neutron therapy!

5 Questions with Guy Miner

5 Questions with Guy Miner

Meet Guy Miner, our Director of Facilities. Guy makes sure everything at the center is in working order and pretty as well!

SCCA Proton Therapy Reps Attend Global Proton Meeting

SCCA Proton Therapy Reps Attend Global Proton Meeting

From May 22 to 28, reps from SCCA Proton Therapy Center attended the Annual Meeting Particle Therapy Co-operative Group (PTCOG 55).

Celebrating Graduates for Cancer Survivor Month

Celebrating Graduates for Cancer Survivor Month

June marks Cancer Survivor Month, which is a great opportunity to highlight our graduates.

Hank Davis Finds His Voice Again

Hank Davis Finds His Voice Again

Hank is a poet, musician, writer and lover of the arts. But Hank is also a survivor.

5 Questions with Hannah Cantrell

5 Questions with Hannah Cantrell

Hannah Cantrell is a Clinical Nurse with patient-centered care and compassion as the hallmark of her work.

3-Field H&N Treatment Technique

3-Field H&N Treatment Technique

As our center continues to practice new and innovative treatments, we put a spotlight on the “3-Field Head &Neck Treatment Technique” developed by our own Medical Physics and Dosimetry teams, along with our Radiation Oncologists. This new technique enables us to treat complicated head and neck cancers with multiple dose levels and bi-lateral neck involvement.

SCCA Proton Therapy Center Supports Cancer Pathways & Chris Elliott Fund

SCCA Proton Therapy Center Supports Cancer Pathways & Chris Elliott Fund

Every year, SCCA Proton Therapy Center sponsors events that support organizations which participate in cancer care – either through treatment, research or support. This year, we kick off our sponsorships with two events in May.

Aimee Finds Family at SCCA Proton Therapy Center

Aimee Finds Family at SCCA Proton Therapy Center

If you need to know anything about Aimée Huff – she’s all about family. As a mother of two and financial planner, Aimée is also all about planning. But last spring, just shy of her 40th birthday, something happened that was not according to plan.

5 Questions with Natalie Kaye

5 Questions with Natalie Kaye

Natalie joined us in April 2015 and works as our Business Coordinator at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center, managing supply procurement, in addition to assisting the Human Resources department. She has a degree in International Business and hopes to work abroad in the future.

Center Celebrates 3 Years

Center Celebrates 3 Years

On March 17, we celebrated our third anniversary with a special reception. More than 50 doctors and leaders in the medical community came together in celebration of accomplishments and work yet to do.

Ellie's Postcards

Ellie's Postcards

Meet Ellie Walton, a three-year-old brain cancer patient. Since her diagnosis at four months, she has had 17 surgeries and is on her eighth round of chemotherapy and radiation, including proton therapy.

Bill Beats Bile Duct Cancer

Bill Beats Bile Duct Cancer

At the ripe age of 74, Bill Taylor is grateful for his life. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for proton therapy,” he says matter-of-factly.

5 Questions with Dr. Ed Kim

5 Questions with Dr. Ed Kim

“I believe in individualized care and making decisions with my patients as a partnership.”

Jesse Jones Fights For Patient

Jesse Jones Fights For Patient

Meet Ronnie, a Seattle resident who is in the middle of a fight. He was recently featured on KIRO 7 News with Jesse Jones, with a setback many patients face.

Meet Our AYA Group

Meet Our AYA Group

Young cancer survivors carry stress that spans well beyond their medical needs. Our AYA Group tries to support them in their special needs.

Dr. Smith Apisarnthanarax

Dr. Smith Apisarnthanarax

Meet Dr. Apisarnthanarax, or Dr. A as we like to call him. Find out why he pursued medicine, which historical figure he would like to meet, and hear one hilarious Proton joke.

Allan Kuipers

Allan Kuipers

As part of routine physicals, Allan’s doctor monitored his PSA (prostate-specific antigen) count and when there was a dramatic two-point leap the doctor became concerned.

Precision Matters: Active Breathing Coordinator

Precision Matters: Active Breathing Coordinator

SCCA Proton Therapy Center, always striving for the best in patient care, is the first proton center to use the Active Breathing Coordinator to further improve tumor targeting.

Beads of Courage Help Children Through Cancer

Beads of Courage Help Children Through Cancer

Our clinical social worker, offers the Beads of Courage program at the Center to all our child patients as part of a comprehensive healing arts and clinical social work program that empowers children.

Meet Our Proton Prostate Club

Meet Our Proton Prostate Club

In 2015, prostate cancer patients were interested in forming a “non-support, support group,” a space to connect with others facing prostate cancer in a setting that wasn’t “clinical.”

5 Questions with Tony Wong

5 Questions with Tony Wong

Tony is the Director of Medical Physics at the Center. Tony has a PhD in Physics and is certified in therapeutic physics and loves pushing the boundaries of knowledge to enhance care.

SCCA Proton Therapy Celebrates the Holidays

SCCA Proton Therapy Celebrates the Holidays

The holidays may seem like just about the worst time to have cancer in the family. Here at the Center we strive to give each patient the best experience possible, especially during the holiday season.

Center Sponsors Survivors Celebration Breakfast

Center Sponsors Survivors Celebration Breakfast

SCCA Proton Therapy Center was thrilled to sponsor the fifth Prostate Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast, an event to bring community together to find a cure for prostate cancer.

Meet Henrik, Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivor

Meet Henrik, Pediatric Brain Tumor Survivor

Henrik Lewis likes the same things as any other eleven year old boy: video games, riding bikes with his dad, playing with his dog. However, in May of 2014 his life took an unexpected turn.

5 Questions with Quang Dang

5 Questions with Quang Dang

Quang Dang is the dosimetry manager at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center. He has been with the Center for two years and plays an important role in patients' treatment planning.

SCCA Proton Therapy Presents on IMPT Planning Methods at the ASTRO Conference

SCCA Proton Therapy Presents on IMPT Planning Methods at the ASTRO Conference

Staff attended the ASTRO Conference to present a study which compares two methods of proton therapy treatment planning.

Center Hosts Events for Patients

Center Hosts Events for Patients

We are dedicated to giving our patients the best experience possible during their treatment here. We host events intended to provide a supportive environment for patients to connect.

5 Questions with Dr. Ramesh Rengan

5 Questions with Dr. Ramesh Rengan

Meet our medical director Ramesh Rengan, MD, PhD. Dr. Rengan specializes in radiation treatment for lung cancer and melanoma.

Meet Don, Lung Cancer Survivor

Meet Don, Lung Cancer Survivor

Don Jackson is a dedicated special education teacher in Puyallup, Washington. Four years ago Don discovered that what he thought was just a persistent cough was actually a symptom of lung cancer.

Center Supports Run of Hope Seattle

Center Supports Run of Hope Seattle

SCCA Proton Therapy Center joined patients, survivors, and supporters at the Run of Hope 5K. This was a wonderful event that raised funds and awareness for pediatric brain tumor research.

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

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

Proton beam therapy offers additional treatment options to women diagnosed with locally advanced stage III breast cancer.

Meet Erin, Brain Tumor Survivor

Meet Erin, Brain Tumor Survivor

Erin is a 16 year old brain tumor survivor. She received treatment at SCCA Proton Therapy Center and finished just in time to return to school for the fall!

5 Questions with Cassidy Riley-Van Wagoner

5 Questions with Cassidy Riley-Van Wagoner

Cassidy is a member of our Concierge Team! She attended college at the University of Utah where she earned her degree in Health, Society, and Policy. She hopes to one day become a pediatrician.

SCCA Proton Therapy Center Supports Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

SCCA Proton Therapy Center Supports Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to help rally support to give kids with cancer better outcomes.

Tlingit Tribe Visits SCCA Proton Therapy Center

Tlingit Tribe Visits SCCA Proton Therapy Center

Last month the SCCA Proton Therapy Center was honored to have members of the Tlingit tribe join our graduation celebration.

Prostate Cancer Survivor: Horst Sakschewski

Prostate Cancer Survivor: Horst Sakschewski

When Horst Sakschewski discovered he had prostate cancer, he was vary of treatment options with many side effects. He chose proton therapy and was amazed at how little the treatment affected him.

5 Q's with Mary Ann Manabat

5 Q's with Mary Ann Manabat

Mary Ann Manabat is our Intake Supervisor. She’s is a valuable member of the Intake Team and has been helping patients at SCCA Proton Therapy since its doors opened in 2013

SCCA Proton Therapy Center Now has the Capability to Treat Ocular Tumors

SCCA Proton Therapy Center Now has the Capability to Treat Ocular Tumors

SCCA Proton Therapy Center now offers additional treatment options to those in the Northwest facing ocular melanoma.

Phase III Randomized Clinical Trial for Lung Cancer

Phase III Randomized Clinical Trial for Lung Cancer

Our Center is participating a clinical trial comparing proton and photon chemoradiotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer treatment.

5 Q's with Nikki Neger

5 Q's with Nikki Neger

Nikki Neger is a radiation therapist at the Center and knew that she wanted to have a career in cancer care after facing her own diagnosis while in college.

Craniopharyngioma Survivor: Scott Sikes

Craniopharyngioma Survivor: Scott Sikes

After a tumor was discovered on Scott's pituitary gland, surgery was used to remove as much of the tumor as possible. Proton therapy was used to treat the remaining tumor.

Randomized Clinical Trial for Prostate Cancer

Randomized Clinical Trial for Prostate Cancer

SCCA Proton Therapy Center is participating in a Phase III randomized clinical trial that will compare Proton Beam Therapy to IMRT for low or intermediate risk prostate cancer.

Supporting the Community in the Fight Against Cancer

Supporting the Community in the Fight Against Cancer

SCCA Proton Therapy Center participates in community outreach events such as Relay for Life and Run of Hope.

Meet JJ, Brain Cancer Survivor

Meet JJ, Brain Cancer Survivor

John Bovitz, or JJ, was diagnosed with a continued growth at the site of a previous tumor. While surgery was not an option, he was able to receive treatment with proton therapy.

5 Q’s with John Bono

5 Q’s with John Bono

John Bono is a radiation therapy supervisor from Boston with many years worth of radiation therapy experience.

5 Q’s with Nicole Westergaard

5 Q’s with Nicole Westergaard

Nicole Westergaard, BSRT(R)(T) is a radiation therapy manager at our Center and brings more than 14 years of experience as a radiation therapist.

Meet Mia, Pediatric Cancer Survivor

Meet Mia, Pediatric Cancer Survivor

Mia Yeo was diagnosed with non-germinomatous germ cell tumor (NGGCT) and experienced minimal side effects from proton therapy.

Region’s First Proton Center Helps More than 500 Patients in the Fight Against Cancer

Region’s First Proton Center Helps More than 500 Patients in the Fight Against Cancer

Many gathered this week to commemorate the milestone of treating more than 500 adult and pediatric cancer patients.

AOSW Conference Highlights Art Therapy

AOSW Conference Highlights Art Therapy

From May 20-22, hundreds of social work professionals gathered in downtown Seattle for the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) Annual Conference.

PCORI Announces $11.8M Award for Proton Study

PCORI Announces $11.8M Award for Proton Study

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) approved funding for a clinical trial using proton beam therapy.

Call to Action: Meeting with Oregon HERC

Call to Action: Meeting with Oregon HERC

On Thursday, June 11 from 1-4pm there will be a meeting in Wilsonville, OR to discuss the initial recommendation against insurance coverage for proton therapy.

2015 National Proton Conference

2015 National Proton Conference

Last month more than 250 people convened at the National Proton Conference in Arlington, Virginia to discuss the future of proton therapy.

Meet Elise Vicente, RN, BSN

Meet Elise Vicente, RN, BSN

Elise Vicente, RN, BSN joined the SCCA Proton Therapy Center in January 2013 and brings over 11 years of oncology experience to her role as Clinical Nurse Manager.

Center Celebrates Second Year of Operation

Center Celebrates Second Year of Operation

In March, SCCA Proton Therapy celebrated its second anniversary with an open house and guided tours of the facility, including behind-the-scenes looks at the cyclotron and gantry. The Center had much to celebrate, having cared for more than 450 patients and created approximately 80 jobs during the past two years.

5 Questions with Michelle, Oncology Social Worker

5 Questions with Michelle, Oncology Social Worker

Michelle joined SCCA Proton Therapy this spring and assists patients with practical needs such as housing and transportation during their treatment. In addition to emotional support, she provides individual and family therapy.

Advancements in Proton Therapy Treatment

Advancements in Proton Therapy Treatment

SCCA Proton Therapy is revolutionizing the way proton therapy is used in cancer treatment and has recently made investments in innovative technologies that will empower care teams to treat tumors more precisely. The Center will now offer Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS) in its state-of-the-art gantry room.