Newly Diagnosed? What You Should Know
If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, you’re probably thinking hard about what to do next. Educating yourself about cancer and understanding the treatment options that are explained on these pages is a good start. However, your most important decision is selecting where to get treatment.
Your Choice Matters
Studies have shown that the first treatment you receive for cancer is by far the most important. That’s why your first choice in a treatment center needs to be the right one.
- Many patients who begin their treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere.
- The experts you need are right here: a world-class team of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists who specialize in breast cancer.
- As a member institution of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, SCCA is home to doctors who help define the guidelines for breast cancer care nationally. When you come here, you can expect the best standard of care available.
- Patients at SCCA have access to advanced therapies being explored in dozens of ongoing clinical studies for breast cancer conducted at SCCA and its parent organizations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine. These include studies of targeted therapies and immunotherapies, which prompt a patient’s immune system to fight cancer.
- You’ll also find the most advanced diagnostic, treatment, and recovery programs—as well as extensive support to help you cope with your cancer.
Get Collaborative Care
At SCCA, we view treatment as a collaborative effort. Our breast cancer team meets twice a week to discuss patient care. This means all your breast cancer doctors—from your radiation oncologist to your surgeon to your medical oncologist—get together in the same room to formulate a treatment plan tailored to you.
Your doctors will discuss all of your options based on your type of cancer and how it has progressed. We’ll also consider your general health, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Together, your team will recommend a blend of treatments and a sequence in which to deliver your treatments, to optimize your results.
Watch a video with Dr. Julie Gralow, MD, about how SCCA brings all the specialists to you in one afternoon.
Come to SCCA
Make an appointment to be seen at the Women’s Center on the third floor of the SCCA clinic. It’s home to the NOW Clinic and the Breast Cancer Specialty Center, where women with a diagnosis of breast cancer come for an evaluation and treatment.