When you have cancer, choosing the right place to go for treatment can be a difficult decision. You want the best, latest treatment options, including those only available in clinical studies or at a comprehensive cancer center, but would rather not travel to Seattle to receive it.
MultiCare is a not-for-profit health care organization with more than 10,000 employees and a comprehensive network of services throughout Pierce, King, Thurston and Kitsap counties. MultiCare is made up of five hospitals and numerous outpatient specialty centers, primary and urgent care clinics. MultiCare Regional Cancer Center provides the most advanced, comprehensive cancer treatment options in the South Puget Sound region. With facilities in Tacoma, Gig harbor, Puyallup and Auburn, patients in the South Sound do not have to travel to Seattle to receive the best cancer care available. The pediatric oncology program at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital is also part of the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center system.
“When I joined MultiCare Regional Cancer Center in 2005, I was impressed by the similarity of our comprehensive care mission with that of University of Washington Medical Center, where I worked before,” says John Rieke, MD, Medical Director of MultiCare Regional Cancer Center.
The services offered at MultiCare include personalized cancer medicine, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, image-guided radiation therapy, stereotactic cranial and body radiosurgery and CyberKnife RadioSurgery.
MultiCare has patient navigators at all locations to support all cancer patients. The navigation team includes RN Navigators, Social Workers, and Dietitians. And our electronic health record helps us ensure ongoing, coordinated care by providing the entire care team access to your medical records from all MultiCare Regional Cancer Center locations.
“We are especially interested in extending the prevention programs from Seattle to our part of the Puget Sound region” Dr. Rieke says.
Patients benefit from the relationship between MultiCare and SCCA.
- MultiCare physicians may consult with SCCA oncologists about your diagnosis and treatment.
- As a MultiCare patient, you may seek a second opinion from doctors at SCCA.
- If you and your MultiCare doctors decide that a clinical trial is right for you, you can participate in the trial at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center, without having to travel to Seattle.
For more information, visit the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center website.