What to Expect

What to Expect

Your team from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) will give you detailed information about what to expect if you need surgery. This general information is designed to help you get started.

Where You Will Be Seen

SCCA adult patients have surgery at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Pediatric patients have surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital.


UWMC is a state-of-the-art surgical facility. The main hospital has 12 operating rooms, including hybrid interventional radiology/endovascular surgery rooms for minimally invasive procedures. The Surgery Pavilion, next to the main hospital, has 11 operating rooms, two robots (for robot-assisted surgery) with dual consoles, and video-endoscopic equipment used in minimally invasive and endoscopic approaches. Many surgical clinics are located in the Surgery Pavilion, including the Urology and Urogynecology Clinics and the SCCA Prostate Center on the first floor. The third floor houses the Digestive Disease Center, the Neurological Surgery Clinic, and the Surgical Specialties Center, which includes the General Surgery, Bariatric, Esophageal and Gastric, Liver Tumor, Melanoma, Plastic and Reconstructive, Thoracic, Vascular, and Surgical Oncology clinics.

Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s has a dedicated Cancer and Blood Disorders Center to care for children with cancer, as well as teams that specialize in general and thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, and other types of surgery that pediatric patients may need as part of cancer treatment.

Preparing for Surgery

You will receive printed information from your health care provider to help you prepare for your surgery. You can read general information about preparing for surgery on the UWMC website or about your child’s surgery on the Seattle Children’s website.