What to Expect

What to Expect

Patients who come to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) will benefit from leading-edge treatments, improved outcomes of therapy, and strong cancer prevention programs created from decades of research.

Surgeries are performed at UW Medical Center and follow-up treatment is often provided for patients with advanced disease at the SCCA clinic on Lake Union.

Your First Visit

Every patient with kidney cancer at SCCA has a personal team that includes a medical oncologist and surgical oncolgist. Before your first visit, the team will have reviewed your pathology slides (tissue samples from any biopsies), if available, 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.

On 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 to discuss a treatment plan. This visit usually lasts one to one-and-a-half 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.


Once your cancer is in remission, you will need to visit your doctor on a regular basis to check your health. During these visits your doctor will give you a physical exam and may give you tests to detect signs of cancer. Your doctor will talk with you about the follow-up schedule and steps towards health maintenance that are right for you.