For Newly Diagnosed

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What To Do next

If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with a cancer, take a deep breath and consider these few points:

  • Learn as much as you can. Patients who understand their disease, know what their treatment options are and have strong support systems are in the best position to be effective partners in their health-care decisions. Information and links on this web site is a good start.
  • Ask someone you trust to go with you to doctors' appointments and tests. This person can provide emotional support, and also help by taking notes, keeping track of questions you want to ask, and doing research on your disease and your treatment options.
  • All cancers are not the same. The treatment a friend or relative received may not be the best treatment for you.


There is a lot of information to take in with a new cancer diagnosis. Review these links below:

What To Look For in a Cancer Center 
While we believe Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the best place for you or a loved one to receive cancer treatment, we understand that it is a tough decision to make during this stressful period in your life. Here are some guidelines you help you choose a cancer center.


Selecting a Doctor
Here are some guidelines to help you decide where to receive care and/or which doctor to see.


Seeking a Second Opinion
Getting a second opinion is more than just another hoop to jump through in the maze of your cancer treatment. It’s a valuable way to verify facts, like the stage, location, even the existence of the disease at all.

For Parents – Why Your Child should Be Treated at SCCA

U.S. News & World Report ranks Seattle Children's as one of the best children's hospitals in the United States.