If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with sarcoma, you’re probably thinking hard about what to do next. Educating yourself about cancer and understanding the various treatment options that are explained on these pages are good places to start. However, your most important decision is selecting where to get treatment. Studies have shown that patients evaluated and treated at a multidisciplinary cancer center, like Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), have better outcomes.
Where You’re Treated First Matters Most
Research has also shown that the first treatment you receive for cancer is by far the most important. That’s why your first choice in a treatment center needs to be the right one. Patients who begin their treatment at SCCA often have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere. Not only can you expect the best standard of care available, patients at SCCA have access to experienced sarcoma specialists as well as advanced therapies and treatments being explored in several ongoing clinical studies for sarcoma conducted at SCCA and its founding organizations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine.
The SCCA Sarcoma Service
The Sarcoma Service is SCCA’s oldest multidisciplinary oncology program. It began in 1986 with the arrival of Ernest U. Conrad, MD, FACS, to head the service, which was then based at University of Washington Medical Center.
Every year we treat more adult and pediatric sarcoma patients than any other cancer center in the Northwest. The majority of our patients come from outside Western Washington, and many travel long distances to receive care here.
If you or someone you love has sarcoma, this is what you can expect from the Sarcoma Service at SCCA:
- State-of-the-art care by a team of sarcoma specialists who focus exclusively on treating this rare and hard-to-diagnose class of cancers.
- Leading-edge therapies and treatments, including innovative systemic therapy and limb-sparing surgery, bone transplants, and metallic implants.
- A team of doctors all in one place. The team gathers for the weekly Sarcoma Clinic, and you will meet with your surgeon, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist at the same visit. They will talk with each other—and with you—to help you make decisions about your treatment.
- Overlapping pediatric and adult programs, to provide continuity of care to young patients who can continue to see the same doctors as they grow to adulthood.
- LifeNet Health Northwest, one of the largest accredited tissue banks in North America and a safe, reliable source of bone for transplants.
- Access to new treatments and procedures through clinical studies, some based on pioneering research by the same doctors who will be treating you.
- Great support for you and your family while you are going through treatment. Support includes a social worker just for sarcoma patients, as well as support groups, patient education, even a special school for young patients and their siblings.