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Dr. Douglas Wood

Dr. Douglas Wood
Dr. Douglas Wood is a UW professor and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. In this video he explains why getting treated at a cancer center such as SCCA is so important to outcomes. In many parts of the country, at least half of the patients with lung cancer are operated on surgeons that are not thoracic surgeons. We have found a consistent pattern of improved outcomes in patients that have their lung cancer surgery by thoracic surgeons. There is clear evidence, particularly in lung and esophageal cancer, that hospitals and centers that take care of more patients with these specific cancers have better outcomes both short term and long term.

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Dr. Renato Martins

Dr. Renato Martins is the medical director for thoracic/head and neck oncology as well as outpatient general oncology and hematology at SCCA. In this video, Dr. Martins discusses making cancer a more manageable chronic disease. The best chance to cure someone is with the initial treatment. Once the disease has returned, a cure is less likely. Where a patient gets their initial treatment is key to their ultimate outcome. Patients that may be considered inoperable elsewhere, maybe considered operable here at SCCA. SCCA's experience and research is resulting in therapies and treatments that are available today at SCCA and that will only be available at other centers in the future. These advances make our objective of turning cancer into a chronic disease so that patients can be treated and still enjoy a high quality of life.