The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Survivorship Clinic
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Survivorship Clinic offers clinical care, support, patient education, and research opportunities to cancer patients after their treatment is complete or they are in long-term therapy, regardless of where they received their care.
To schedule a clinic appointment please call (206) 288-1024 and ask for the "Survivorship Clinic."
Empowered Living After Cancer
Cancer and its treatment can result in some 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.
During a typical visit, our medical staff will talk with patients about how to assess and manage late complications or issues patients may be experiencing, and develop a plan to support future health. The Survivorship Care Plan lists therapy and medical information related to the diagnosis and any possible long-term problems, as well as recommendations for other health care providers to ensure patients stay has 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 regarding your risks and how to 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. Prior to 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 Treatment Summary and 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, survivorship 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.
How many appointments will I have in the Survivorship Clinic?
The number of appointments you will have depends on your preference. Your personal situation will be discussed with you during your initial appointment. You may have one appointment, an annual appointment, or an appointment every few years.