What to Expect
If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with sarcoma, don’t rush into a decision about treatment. In most cases, you have time to consider your options and get a second opinion—even a third opinion—to help you decide what kind of treatment is right for you.
Where You Will Be Seen
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Sarcoma Service has two clinics—one for adults and one for children.
The adult clinic is located on the fourth floor of the main SCCA building on Lake Union. The clinic is coordinated by an oncology nurse and evaluates more patients with sarcoma each year than any other cancer center in the Northwest. Doctors who want to refer a patient with sarcoma to SCCA should call the SCCA Patient Intake Office at (206) 288-2167. The Sarcoma Service’s goal is to see all new patients within seven days of the request.
A nurse from the Sarcoma Service will be involved in your care from the time that you call to schedule your first appointment. Our team includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, fellows, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, and many additional staff who help with scheduling clinic visits and other aspects of your care. We are the only multidisciplinary sarcoma team in the Northwest.
Adult sarcoma patients receive outpatient care (such as clinic visits, outpatient procedures, and sometimes chemotherapy) at the SCCA clinic. Some patients also go to the Bone and Joint Surgery Center at UW Medical Center’s Roosevelt Clinic for rehabilitation services or treatment. Adults who are hospitalized during treatment go to University of Washington Medical Center.
The pediatric clinic is located at Seattle Children’s, where childhood sarcoma patients receive both outpatient and inpatient care. The clinic is coordinated by an oncology nurse and treats more children with sarcoma than any other cancer center in the Northwest. Doctors who want to refer a patient with sarcoma to SCCA should call the SCCA Patient Intake Office at (206) 288-2167.
Your First Visit
During your first visit to the Sarcoma Service, you will meet with your team members, who will evaluate you and then discuss a treatment plan. All cancers and all sarcomas are not the same. The treatment that a friend or relative had may not be the best treatment for you.
The first visit usually lasts two to three hours. We recommend that you bring a friend or family member with you. This person can provide emotional support and also help by taking notes, keeping track of questions you want to ask, and doing research on your disease and your treatment options.