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What to Expect During Treatment

Fifty-five days after her stem cell transplant, Pamela Clark was back surfing.What you’ll experience at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance varies depending on the treatment that’s right for you. SCCA doctors specialize in specific cancers and design individualized treatment plans to target your cancer cells and minimize the effects on healthy tissue.

See what to expect during your specific treatment or for your type of cancer.

  • Chemotherapy and immunotherapy treat cancer using drugs and the body’s own immune system.
  • Radiation oncology treats cancer by using high-energy radiation in the form of photons (such as X-rays or gamma rays) or subatomic particles (such as electrons or protons).
  • Surgery removes diseased tissue and often nearby lymph nodes, where cancer may have spread.
  • Bone marrow transplant is designed to weaken or destroy tissues or cells that cause disease, and then to “reset” or replace them to restore healthy function. It is a long process, from early planning all the way through long-term follow-up.
  • Overnight hospital stay, for adults undergoing surgery or stem cell transplant, is at University of Washington Medical Center. Children and teens receive care at Seattle Children’s.
  • Your specific disease and your own situation determine the treatment that’s right for you.
  • Clinical studies offer the best chance for a cure for many types of cancer. See what to expect and clinical trials that are open to patients at SCCA.