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Cancer treatment can be a difficult time for a patient and their family. Our staff is here to help you along your journey. Here at our Center we have a Patient Services Team dedicated to helping you find the services and resources you need. For young patients, we have a child life specialist who can be here to assist pediatric patients through their treatment (learn more here). 

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We offer the help of both a Oncology Social Worker and a Naturopath who also offers acupuncture.


Our Oncology Social Worker, Tammie Bui, is available to help you deal with many issues relating to cancer. Please call (206) 306-2816 or see the concierge.

  • Referrals for resources
  • Help in finding accomodations
  • Emotional support
  • Tools and therapies and for coping

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At SCCA Proton Therapy Center, we want you to feel as well as possible and offer holistic care by appointment. Please see the concierge or our social worker to learn how to make an appointment with our Naturopath, Dr. Craig Peterson. Please click here for his bio.

  • Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Immune support
  • Help with stress and anxiety
  • Help in alleviating side effects

Below you will find links to many patient support and advocacy groups, as well as a listing of our Center’s upcoming events and happenings in the community.

If you have any questions regarding any of the supports groups or resources or with help to customize a list for your needs, please call our Oncology Social Worker at (206)306-2816 or via email.

Please note that the Center, including any of its affiliated entities, does not endorse any of the companies listed below.

Upcoming Events

Support Groups

We offer support groups for patients who are interested. Free to join. Times vary. Please see the concierge for more information or call (206) 306-2028.

New Patient Orientation

Location: SCCA Proton Therapy Center Lobby
Date: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month
Time: 2:00-3:00pm

New Patient Orientation is a great way to learn more about our Center and proton therapy. You will have the opportunity to meet key members of our staff, who will be here for you during your treatment. There will also be a tour of our machine shop where you can learn more about the science and mechanics of proton therapy. New Patient Orientation is open to all patients and their families. Please contact our Concierge staff for more information or to RSVP. 

Patient Graduation

Location: SCCA Proton Therapy Center Lobby
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Every week we celebrate our proton therapy graduates with a lunch, cake and ceremony honoring their journey. Each graduates receives a uniquely-numbered challenge coin and a certificate. Graduates are encourged to bring their loved ones and may speak about their journey if they choose. 

Prostate Club

Location: Rotating Restaurant
Date: 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month (please see Concierge for more details)
Time: 5:30pm

Our Center has a large community of men going through prostate cancer, so we are now hosting regular meetings specifically for our prostate cancer patients to get to know each other. These meetings are open to both past and current prostate cancer patients who received proton therapy at our Center. The location and time rotates so check in with our Concierge staff to find out when the next event will be held.

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Meet up with other patients on our private Facebook page. 

The Center has a public Facebook page that shares updates about the Center, wellness information, industry news and more. The Center also has a private Facebook support group which is available to patients who are undergoing or have undergone treatment. This support group is a place for patients to share information or updates with other patients, or to get to know each other. Please friend our public site and reach out to connect to our private group.


General Resources

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (Treatment Guidelines for Cancers)

Cost Effectiveness of Proton Therapy
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26828647 download here

The Things I Wish I were Told When I was Diagnosed with Cancer


National Cancer Institute


Local Patient Support and Advocacy Groups

American Lung Association Washington
(206) 441-5100

Cancer Lifeline, Northwest Hospital
(206) 297-2100

Cancer Pathways
(206) 709-1400

SCCA House
(855) 557-0555

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
(855) 557-0555

Us TOO of Seattle

Washington State Prostate Cancer Coalition

End Brain Cancer/Chris Elliott Fund

National Patient Support and Advocacy Groups

Children's Brain Tumor Foundation

Patient Advocate Foundation

The Healing Center

Stupid Cancer

National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT)

Pediatric Proton Foundation

ProCure Cancer Foundation

Proton Bob (Brotherhood of the Balloon)

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer

Us TOO International

ZERO Cancer - End Prostate Cancer

National Cancer Organizations

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

American Brain Tumor Association

American Breast Cancer Foundation

American Cancer Society

Children's Brain Tumor Foundation

Prostate Cancer Foundation

Young Survival Coalition

The National Children’s Cancer Society

Cancer Blogs

Blog for a Cure

Brotherhood of the Balloon

Prostate Blog

Radiation Oncology Organizations

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG)

Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society (PROS)

National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT)


Craig Peterson, NP, MS, LAc, FABNO

Dr. Peterson is board-certified in Naturopathic Oncology and a fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. He is one of very few hospital-trained naturopathic physicians who specializes in Integrative Oncology. During your cancer treatment, Dr. Peterson works with your oncologist to deliver safe and effective integrative care that does not interfere with your conventional cancer treatment. After radiation treatment is completed, the focus and strategies shift to become centered around recovery, reducing recurrence and restoring optimal health and wellness.

Dr. Peterson earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre-Med from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Peterson completed a specialized two-year naturopathic oncology residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois. Additionally, Dr. Peterson has expertise and clinical experience in working with patients who have hematologic malignancies and with patients undergoing, or who have undergone, bone marrow transplants. Dr. Peterson is an Adjunct Clinic Faculty member at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health.

  • Safe Integrative Therapies
  • Help to prevent, reduce or eliminate side effects during and from cancer treatment.
  • Support recovery after cancer treatment
  • Decrease risk of recurrence
  • Optimize wellness