Why is Crohn’s disease, which is not a cancer, included on the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) website? SCCA offers comprehensive consultations and treatments, including bone marrow transplants, for cancer and some non-cancerous diseases. George B. McDonald, MD, a transplant researcher and gastroenterologist at SCCA, is leading a new clinical trial testing bone marrow transplantation to cure severe Crohn’s disease. The Fred Hutchinson Transplant Program at SCCA is the most experienced transplant center in the world.
SCCA was formed, in part, to bring promising new treatments to patients faster. This means that people may find more treatment options at SCCA than might be found elsewhere, including the chance to participate in one of many clinical studies being conducted at SCCA and its founding organizations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, and Seattle Children’s.