“They cared for me as a whole person— not only my body,
but my mind, heart, and dignity.”
~ J.B., cancer survivor
Diagnosis and treatment expertise at Group Health Medical Centers includes the latest in imaging, radiation, chemotherapy, medications and surgery.
As an integrated group practice with more than 1,000 primary care physicians and specialists, we stay in close contact with a patient’s personal physician—an advantage that distinguishes us from other oncology groups.
In 2010, our hematology and oncology teams cared for more than 2,500 patients through more than 20,000 face-to-face visits. Radiation therapy saw more than 1,400 patients and delivered more than 11,500 treatments.
We know how to help patients with cancer. We have a dynamic team of expert clinicians that focus together on each individual’s distinct needs.
- Medications and infusion services delivered in specially designed settings to make patients and family comfortable
- All infusion RNs are Biotherapy Certified by the Oncology Nursing Society
- Specially trained pharmacists
- Home infusion available in some cases
Well-established surgical program
- Autologous bone marrow transplants (Group Health Medical Centers and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance are the only two providers in the region)
- Minimally invasive techniques including needle biopsies and endoscopic, laparoscopic, laser technology
- Robotic surgery
- State-of-the-art Varian CliX linear accelerator, part of an integrated system that includes a CT scanner to pinpoint tumors and software that calibrates precise delivery of radiation. It focuses a very high dose of radiation within the tumor and a very low dose outside the tumor. The unit is much faster than previous linear accelerators: what used to take as much as a half hour is now delivered in a few minutes—a dramatically easier treatment.
- Stereotactic radiation delivers high-dose, highly focused irradiation of certain brain tumors.
- C-ARM fluoroscope creates a virtual model of the patient’s internal anatomy so treatment can be delivered more safely and effectively.
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy, a computer-controlled radiation delivery system, enables more precise control over treatment.
Radiology services for diagnosis & monitoring progress of treatment
- Interventional radiology and nuclear medicine
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computed tomography (CT)
Genetic evaluation and testing to help understand individual risk factors.
Multidisciplinary cancer conferences where multidisciplinary specialists discuss new or unusual cases.
Specially trained oncology nurses who have been providing cancer care for 20 years or more. We also have home health nurses and a Consulting Nurse Service to provide advice 24 hours a day. All of these nurses have access to your secure electronic medical record so they’re knowledgeable about your treatment plan, even if they’re not directly on your cancer care team.
Physical, occupational, and speech therapists who help patients manage the side effects of some cancers and treatments.
Social workers and support groups to help patients and families face the complex challenges throughout the process.