What to Expect

What to Expect

A diagnosis of cancer can feel overwhelming. We have an experienced, compassionate team ready to help you. At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) we view treatment as a collaborative effort, with the goal of turning cancer patients like you into survivors.

Personal Care Team

Every SCCA patient with lymphoma has a personal team that includes an oncologist and nurse case manager.

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

At your first visit to SCCA, you will first 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 tailored to you and your cancer. You may want to learn more about treatment options.

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.


All lymphomas are not the same. The treatment that a friend or relative received may not be the best for you. As the pace of medical breakthroughs accelerates, so does our ability to target therapies to your individual biology and the genetic signature of your disease. Cancer patients seeking the most advanced treatments for lymphoma will find a broad range of options available through SCCA. Your health care team will recommend treatment that is most likely to help you.

Treatment for lymphoma can be challenging, but your medical team will provide supportive care—both medical and emotional—to minimize side effects while providing the best, most effective treatment possible for your disease.


Once your lymphoma 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 look for signs of cancer. Your doctor will talk with you about the follow-up schedule and steps towards health maintenance that are right for you. You may be referred to the SCCA Survivorship Clinic for follow-up to help maximize your overall health. If you had a stem cell or bone marrow transplant, SCCA provides lifelong support through the Long-Term Follow-Up (LTFU) program.