What to Expect
All cancers and all leukemia types are not the same. The treatment that a friend or relative received may not be the best treatment for you. Your healthcare team will explain your options and which combination of treatments is most likely to help you.
A diagnosis of cancer can feel overwhelming. We have an experienced, compassionate team ready to help you adjust to what’s happening.
Ask someone you trust to go with you to doctors’ appointments and tests. This person can provide you with emotional support. A friend can also help by keeping track of questions you want to ask, taking notes and doing research on your disease and treatment options.
Personal Care Team
Every patient with leukemia at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) has a personal team that includes an oncologist, social worker, physical therapist, nutritionist, nurse case manager and radiation oncologist, if needed.
Before your first visit, the team will have reviewed your pathology slides (tissue samples from any biopsies) and any scans or tests you have already had. If you do not live in or near Seattle, we may ask your referring doctor to arrange for additional tests or scans so that these results are available before your appointment at SCCA.
Your First Visit
During your first visit to SCCA, you will meet with your doctor, who will ask you questions about your medical history and your current problem. This will be followed by a physical exam.
Then you will sit down for a conference with your doctor and other members of your team to discuss a treatment plan.
This visit usually lasts one to two hours. We recommend that you bring a friend or family member with you to your appointment for emotional support and to help you keep track of the information your team will be giving you.
Where Will I Be Seen?
If you have been referred to SCCA with a diagnosis of leukemia, you will be seen at the Medical Oncology Clinic on the fourth floor of the SCCA clinic, located at 825 Eastlake Avenue E, near Lake Union.
You may also self-refer. To find out about making an appointment, call the Patient Intake Office at (206) 288-SCCA (7222).