SEATTLE – Spokane Valley Cancer Center joined the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Network to become its 12th Member in the Northwest this month. This relationship will expand access to cancer treatment options and help foster advances in cancer care in the greater Spokane community.
Spokane Valley Cancer Center offers a personal and comprehensive approach to healing. Its services include medical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, innovative research, a specialized oral pharmacy, and patient and family support. Spokane Valley Cancer Center also offers stereotactic radiosurgery, a noninvasive technology that effectively treats cancers of the brain, breast, bones, kidneys, head and neck, lung, liver, pancreas, prostate, and spine via the Spokane Cyberknife & Radiation Oncology Center.
“We are thrilled SCCA invited Spokane Valley Cancer Center to become part of its network,” said Arvind Chaudhry, an oncologist and hematologist at Spokane Valley Cancer Center. “We pride ourselves on providing patients the best treatment options available, and now we’ll be able to offer our patients even greater access to top oncologists and clinical trials.”
By joining the SCCA Network, Spokane Valley Cancer Center oncologists can now offer their patients expanded treatment options. The SCCA Network provides a structured program for supporting community-based oncology services, including continuing medical education, rapid second opinions, and arranging for local patients to enroll in SCCA clinical trials without having to travel to Seattle.
“It’s important that patients from all over Washington have easy access to the best cancer treatment, physicians, and research available,” said Norm Hubbard, SCCA executive vice president. “We look forward to Spokane Valley Cancer Center joining our network and are excited to bring breakthrough care to even more patients in need.”
The new relationship doesn’t involve any changes to Spokane Valley Cancer Center’s health plan coverage. As always, patients should talk directly with their health plan customer service centers to understand coverage specifics before beginning any treatment.
Other members of the SCCA Network include Bend Memorial Clinic, Bend, Ore.; Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Bozeman, Mont.; Columbia Basin Hematology and Oncology, Kennewick; Group Health Group Practice; MultiCare Regional Cancer Center, Tacoma; Olympic Medical Center, Port Angeles; Skagit Valley Hospital, Mount Vernon; Tri-Cities Cancer Center, Tri-Cities; and Confluence Health, Wenatchee. SeaMar Community Health Centers also have a relationship with the SCCA Network as a community partner focused on educational activities.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance brings together the leading research teams and cancer specialists from Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and UW Medicine. One extraordinary group whose sole purpose is the pursuit of better, longer, richer lives of our patients. Based in Seattle’s South Lake Union region, SCCA has six clinical care sites, including a medical oncology clinic at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, Washington; medical and radiation oncology at UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital & Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, as well as network affiliation with hospitals in five states. For more information about SCCA, visit www.seattlecca.org.