What to Expect
To get you started, we’ve put together some information about what you can expect when you become a breast cancer patient at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).
Women who have breast cancer or concerns about breast cancer are seen in the Women’s Center on the third floor of the SCCA clinic. The Women’s Center is home to our:
- Breast Health Clinic
- NOW Clinic
- Breast Cancer Specialty Center
- Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program
- Women’s Wellness Clinic
- Breast Medical Oncology Clinic
If you have a breast lump, another symptom of breast cancer, your first visit will be at the
- Breast Health Clinic: Women who have suspicious lumps or symptoms have an evaluation at the Breast Health Clinic. Staff members at the clinic also provide pre- and post-operative care.
If you have a confirmed diagnosis of breast cancer, your first visit will be at either the NOW Clinic or the Breast Cancer Specialty Center.
- NOW Clinic: Staffed by breast specialist nurse practitioners who aim to see you within just a few days from the time you call. They will provide information, prepare you for what’s ahead, and answer your questions to help ease your anxiety about your diagnosis, as well as determine if there are any tests or scans that should be completed before you meet with Seattle’s finest breast cancer treatment specialists at the Breast Cancer Specialty Center.
- Breast Cancer Specialty Center: Women with a confirmed diagnosis of breast cancer have an evaluation with a breast surgeon, a medical oncologist, and a radiation oncologist at the Breast Cancer Specialty Center. This team of people will help you decide on the best treatment plan for you.
During treatment for breast cancer, you will have regular appointments with your doctors at the Women’s Center. Depending on the type of treatment you are receiving, you will see a surgeon, a medical oncologist, or a radiation oncologist. If you develop recurrent or metastatic breast cancer, you will also be seen here at the Women’s Center.
- Surgery takes place at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC).
- Chemotherapy treatment takes place in the Infusion Suite on the fifth floor of the SCCA clinic.
- Radiation therapy takes place in the Radiation Oncology suite on the first floor of the SCCA clinic. Patients may also receive radiation therapy at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.
For Those at High Risk for Breast or Ovarian Cancer
If you are at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer, SCCA has a special program to help you know which screenings are appropriate for you and how you can decrease your cancer risk. It’s called the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program. Call the program coordinator at (206) 288-6990 with questions or to make an appointment. Patients in the prevention program who need routine medical exams and close monitoring are also seen at the Women’s Wellness Clinic at SCCA.
For Those Who Have Completed Treatment
After your breast cancer treatment is complete, you will be seen at our Women’s Wellness Clinic. Staff members there can help you with life after breast cancer, including putting together a wellness plan to maintain good nutrition, manage menopause, regain strength and flexibility, take care of your emotional health, and handle sexual issues. You may also need help managing lingering side effects of cancer treatment, or you may want to come to the Women’s Wellness Clinic for routine follow-up care.
The Women’s Center at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is home to all of the clinics that treat the special health-care needs of just women.
If you have been newly diagnosed with breast cancer, during your first appointment at the Breast Cancer Specialty Center, you will meet with a team of breast cancer specialists.
If you have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, your first step is to call SCCA and be seen at the NOW Clinic.