What to Expect
Where You Will Be Seen
Patients requiring treatment from a medical oncologist can be seen at:
- SCCA on South Lake Union
- SCCA at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland
- SCCA Medical Oncology at Northwest Hospital
When you see your medical oncologist at SCCA, you will likely receive a treatment plan that involves some form of systemic drug therapy. Systemic treatment means that the drugs administered will travel throughout the body and destroy cancer cells wherever in the body they may be.
More than half of the people diagnosed with cancer receive some form of drug therapy. Chemotherapy medications can be administered intravenously or orally. At the SCCA clinic on Lake Union, chemotherapy treatments are given in the infusion suite on the fifth floor.
Many people who are undergoing chemotherapy choose to have a portacath, or port. It’s a small medical device implanted beneath the skin, typically in the chest just below the collarbone. A tube (catheter) connects the port to a vein. Drugs can be infused into the bloodstream through the port, and blood samples can be drawn out through the port many times, usually with less discomfort for patients than regular needle sticks. A port is temporary; it can be taken out after treatment ends.
Taking Care of Yourself During Treatment
Each patient’s treatment experience is different. Most patients experience some, but not all, of the symptoms listed here. The information in this section is offered as a resource for patients and family members. Please talk with your nurse and doctor about specific concerns.
Medical Nutrition Therapy Services at SCCA provides individual counseling and weekly nutrition classes. The goal is to provide reliable and accurate food and nutrition advice to help optimize nutritional health and recovery during and after cancer treatment.
Supportive and Palliative Care Service is here to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, regardless of the stage of their disease. Supportive and palliative care can be delivered along with life-prolonging treatment. Their goal includes enhancing quality of life for patients and families, helping with decision-making, and providing opportunities for personal growth.