At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, physician assistants and nurse practitioners (collectively referred to as advanced practice providers, or APPs) work in nearly every specialty including oncology, hematology, surgery, pain service, survivorship, palliative care, and stem cell transplant.
As a part of the multidisciplinary team, they work collaboratively with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers, participating in all aspects of care.
- Perform regular cancer screening tests
- Discuss treatment options
- Write chemotherapy orders
- Monitor patients during active therapy
- Treat symptoms, counsel and educate patients
- Help conduct clinical studies
What is a Physician Assistant?
Physician assistants are licensed health professionals who practice medicine in a collaborative fashion with attending physician oversight. Physician assistants are trained and authorized to make medical decisions and provide highly skilled advanced care to patients in inpatient and outpatient settings.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse practitioners are licensed health professionals who provide care to patients across the healthcare system. In Washington state, all nurse practitioners must have at least a Masters degree in nursing. Nurse practitioners are licensed by the state of Washington to provide highly skilled advanced care to patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
What do APPs do?
As part of a multidisciplinary team, APPs perform many diagnostic, preventive, and health maintenance services including:
- Obtaining health histories and performing physical examinations
- Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests (X-rays, CT scans, blood work, and other laboratory tests)
- Performing procedures including bone marrow biopsies and lumbar punctures
- Establishing diagnoses, treating and managing patient health issues including treatment toxicities
- Performing surveillance during and post patient treatment
- Providing referrals within the healthcare system
- Prescribing medications and other therapies
- Responding to life-threatening emergencies
- Participating and collaborating in the care of patients receiving research-based treatment on clinical studies