When you have a diagnosis of cancer, choosing the right place to go for treatment can be a complicated decision. Living in southwest Montana, you want to stay in your community and receive cancer treatment at the local community hospital you know and trust while remaining close to family and friends. At the same time, you want access to the latest treatment options, including those only available in clinical trials or at cancer research centers.
Fortunately, a relationship between Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) gives you the best of both worlds—care in your own community by skilled and dedicated oncologists, nurses, and staff, plus access to the resources at SCCA and physicians from UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Children's.
Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center
Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center offers comprehensive cancer care in a peaceful, healing environment that houses state-of-the-art treatment systems. The multidisciplinary team includes medical oncology, hematology, and radiation oncology physicians; a nurse practitioner; a physician assistant; oncology certified nurses and radiation therapists; a physicist; a pharmacist; a clinical laboratory technician; an oncology social worker; a breast care coordinator; and a financial case manager. The expanded, integrated center allows patients comfortable treatment in a single location.
In December 2009, Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center earned three-year full accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The accreditation rating, during the Cancer Center's first time application, was a one out of five—the highest accreditation rating available.
Because of the relationship between SCCA and Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center, Montana patients have access to new therapies through SCCA's clinical trials. For patients who require highly specialized care, this relationship also means that your healthcare is coordinated between doctors at Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center and SCCA.
Since Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center is an SCCA Network Member, you as a patient have more choices and your oncologist may consult with SCCA oncologists about your diagnosis and treatment at any time. You may also seek a second opinion from doctors at SCCA. And, if you and your doctors decide that a clinical trial is right for you, you may participate in the trial at Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center. If you choose, you may ask for a referral and receive your treatment at SCCA. Your local doctor will remain involved in your care.
For more information, visit the Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center website.