It is common for oncology patients to experience pain before, during, or after treatment. Medical statistics suggest that during the course of oncology care, 70 percent of patients will experience some form of pain, which can limit their quality of life. The SCCA Pain Clinic staff is dedicated to managing complex pain issues related to cancer.
Contact the SCCA Pain Clinic at (206) 288-2014, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Chronic pain remains relatively stable over time and can be managed by one or two doctors. In contrast, cancer pain frequently changes, is complex, and involves many different care professionals.
Cancer pain care needs to be carefully coordinated--more ‘interdisciplinary’ than ‘multidisciplinary’--and requires careful follow-up of issues and medications that can complicate a patient’s overall care.
Clinic staff manage complex oncology pain for solid tumors and bone marrow transplantation and as well as complex pain related to a variety of hematological conditions.
Pain Clinic nurses are available to discuss pain issues Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are available at the SCCA Pain Clinic throughout the week.
In addition to our registered nurses, the Pain Clinic team consists of an attending anesthesiologist, pain specialist, and medical director, Dermot R. Fitzgibbon, MD; a registered nurse practitioner, Jennifer Jacky; and clinical pharmacists, Helen Marshall, , Eliza Groothuis, Roy Mock, Laura Miars, Amila Patel, Brendan Sendrowski, Ann Schwemm, and Anna Sutherland.
If you are interested in a referral, we recommend that you talk with your doctor. Please don’t hesitate to call us at (206) 288-2014 if you have additional questions about the service.