The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Survivorship Clinic
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Survivorship Clinic offers clinical care, support, patient education, and research opportunities to patients who have survived cancer and are not being actively treated or are in long-term therapy to prevent their cancer from coming back. To schedule a clinic appointment, call (206) 288-1024, and ask for the Survivorship Clinic.
Empowered Living After Cancer
Cancer and its treatment can result in potentially long-lasting or late-onset effects. The Survivorship Clinic addresses various problems cancer survivors may face after therapy ends. These include pain, fatigue, fear of recurrence, living with uncertainty, neuropathy, lymphedema, bone loss, sexual dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, memory issues, and future cancer risk.
In the survivorship program you will receive thorough screenings and health evaluations. During your visit, our medical staff will talk with you about how to assess and manage late complications or issues you may be experiencing. We’ll also work with you to develop a Survivorship Care Plan that lists all of your therapy and medical information related to your diagnosis and possible late effects, and we’ll make recommendations for you and your healthcare providers to help ensure you’re informed and you stay as healthy as possible.
How can this clinic benefit me?
The knowledge gained from reviewing your cancer treatment can help you understand your future health risks. We have experts available to assist and educate you about what your risks are and how you can prevent and manage them. We can also address current physical or social survivorship concerns you may be facing as a result of your treatment.
Will my insurance cover this visit?
Most insurance plans consider this a necessary visit for individuals who have received treatment for cancer. Before coming in for an appointment, we recommend that you check with your insurance company to review your coverage and any out-of-pocket expenses. A Patient Financial Services representative from SCCA is available to provide counseling for those with concerns.
What can I expect from my Survivorship Clinic appointment?
We provide an individualized Survivorship Care Plan. This includes an evaluation and information on the prevention of the late effects of your cancer and cancer treatment, recommendations and resources for dealing with long-term effects, and suggestions for healthy lifestyle behaviors. Copies of the treatment summary, care plan, and any recommendations made during the appointment are shared with your health care team, including your oncologist and primary care provider. We will work in partnership with these providers to make sure your survivorship needs are being met. We do not provide testing for recurrence of your cancer; this care will continue to be provided by your oncologist. Read more about the Survivorship Care Plan on the website of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
How many appointments will I have in the Survivorship Clinic?
The number of appointments you will have depends on your preference. We’ll discuss your personal situation with you during your initial appointment. You may have one appointment, an annual appointment, or an appointment every few years.
Survive and Thrive is a quarterly newsletter for cancer survivors and people interested in the Survivorship Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The newsletter features stories about the latest research, profiles about former patients and staff, as well as a frequently asked question column.