The most important decision that someone with cancer will make is deciding where to get treated. National studies have shown that patients who begin their treatment at a top regional cancer center, like Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), have better survival rates than those who start their treatment elsewhere.
Why? Here are just a few reasons:
The Best and Most Experienced Doctors
SCCA is home to some of the world’s best surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and pathologists. Together, this team of more than 300 cancer specialists work to ensure that your care is well planned and coordinated—from the day you walk into the clinic to the day you walk out.
Doctors at SCCA treat cancer and specialize in the treatment of specific cancer types, such as breast cancer or lung cancer. They also treat malignant and non-malignant blood disorders. This focus allows them to develop a deep understanding of diagnosing and treating disease. SCCA doctors diagnose and treat thousands of cancer cases every year. This experience builds the expertise that makes better survival rates possible.
Superior Survival Rates
According to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), SCCA patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers. The latest NCDB Survival Reports compare the five-year survival of patients who were treated at SCCA and other cancer treatment centers across the United States for breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, lymphoma, melanoma, myeloma, and prostate cancer.
Access to the Latest Treatments
Patients at SCCA receive the latest treatments and therapies for cancer, from chemotherapy regimens that are easier to tolerate to less-invasive surgical procedures that minimize post-operative pain and speed up the healing process. Patients also have access to many new drugs and alternative treatments that are under investigation in clinical studies and are available only at SCCA and at limited sites around the country.
Today’s cancer patients have more treatment options than ever before, but every patient’s cancer is different, as are their preferences and beliefs. So a treatment regimen that works well for one patient may not be right for someone else. At SCCA, your team of doctors will provide you with a customized course of treatment that best matches your diagnosis, as well as your personal circumstances.
Only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in the Northwest
SCCA, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, and Seattle Children's form the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest. This group of organizations is one of the top-funded cancer centers in the country.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, call Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for an appointment. Explore our website to learn more about breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancers; leukemia; non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; and other cancers. And read, listen to, and watch the stories of some of the thousands of patients who have come for treatment by SCCA.