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Being diagnosed with cancer can be one of the most shocking experiences in anyone’s life. Not only are you up against the unknown, but also likely to feel completely out of control of your life situation with endless lists of questions. It can be overwhelming to say the least.

As nurses at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy Center, we understand that our job goes well beyond the classic perception of giving out medication. We go above and beyond to listen to our patients and to truly understand their needs. Tanya Sanchez is a nurse manager at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center: “So much control is taken away from an individual with cancer. They are dealing with things that they don’t know and they can get lost in that process.” Sanchez believes that answering the pressing questions of patients is one of the most important aspects of being a nurse at SCCA Proton Therapy Center.

“We can help people through asking deep questions, getting to know their personalities, and holding their hands when they are scared. We are lucky to have been voted the number one trusted professional in America.”

Our nurses like to get to know a patient and their family in order to observe the overall dynamic and how a cancer diagnosis and treatment might affect them. Our nurses focus on putting explanations into easy-to-understand terms and constantly reiterating where each patient is within the treatment process, so the patient can feel in control of the steps being taken for their treatment. Cancer diagnoses can often lead to anxiety and depression in patients, so being aware and mitigating these concerns is very important. Our nurses let patients know they are always available every step of the journey. Sanchez believes that three beneficial things our nurses can do for a patient are: “Listening, answering questions, and providing a network (for resources or referrals).”

The staff knows no patient wants to find themselves in need of cancer treatment, but once the patients are in our care, our nurses will do everything in their power to help them navigate toward a positive outcome – holistically: addressing their medical and emotional needs.