What to Expect
Your first visit will be to an endocrinologist or nuclear medicine physician at the SCCA Endocrine Tumor Clinic, the UW Medical Center Endocrine Clinic, or the SCCA Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology Clinic.
After a complete medical history and physical exam, a number of tests may be done to help in the diagnosis and treatment decisions. Depending on the type and extent of your disease you may be seen by doctors with expertise in endocrinology, nuclear medicine, radiology, surgery, radiation oncology, and medical oncology. Where you will be seen also depends on your diagnosis and prescribed treatment.
If you require surgery, you will then be seen at UW Medical Center in the Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Center or the Surgery Subspecialty Clinic. Patients requiring radionuclide imaging and therapy (tests and treatment using radioactive iodine) are most often treated at UWMC but may also be seen at SCCA.
Patients whose cancer does not respond well to conventional treatment are referred to either Radiation Oncology or the SCCA Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology Clinic to be seen by the medical oncology team. This clinic also directs involvement in clinical trials for patients interested in participating in the testing of new treatments for their disease.
At SCCA we work together as a team. By combining the knowledge, skills, and experience of doctors from several specialties, we can provide you with the most comprehensive care available anywhere. Once a month doctors from the surgery, endocrinology, and nuclear medicine departments meet with patients in the Combined Endocrine Neoplasia Clinic, at UWMC. In this clinic, doctors review your case and share with you and each other their ideas, opinions, and expertise, ensuring that you receive the best treatment for your disease.
Few medical centers in the United States have the level of expertise and training that is available at SCCA and UW Medical Center.