Tina Christian-Lenson has always understood the value of a healthy lifestyle and regular cancer screenings; after all, she works in health care. But when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, she became the patient — and gained a new perspective on how important it is for patients to advocate for their care.
SCCA brings together the skilled providers and scientists of our alliance partners, Fred Hutch, Seattle Children's and UW Medicine, to combine leading-edge research with exceptional clinical care for the prevention and treatment of cancer.
It's important for our patients to be connected to resources and have access to their care team. As of March 27, MyChart is SCCA's new patient portal. Patients will have access to communicate with their care team, view their medical records and other resources.
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When Bill Eberhart relocated to Sequim, Wash., from Hawaii, several years ago, he needed to find new doctors. Eberhart made an appointment with a new primary care provider, who asked if he was a smoker. “I used to be,” Eberhart responded, “but I haven’t smoked in over five years.” Still, when the doctor heard that Eberhart, 71, had smoked for more than 40 years before that, he immediately recommended lung cancer screening.
In 2016, Dr. Morhaf Al Achkar was in a unique position. As a primary care physician (PCP) at University of Washington Medicine, he knew he needed to act quickly when he started experiencing ongoing and worsening shortness of breath. An X-ray showed that his lungs were full of fluid, and a pathology report confirmed what he had already started to suspect: lung cancer. Within a month of his diagnosis, he was taking a targeted oral treatment, an option he was eligible for due to the ALK (Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase) gene found during his initial testing.
As the owner of a steel fabrication company, Cade Marshall gets dozens of requests for quotes every day. When he spotted one from GLY, the contractor for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s new clinic building, he called the contractor with a simple message: “I owe everything to SCCA,” he told them. “What do I need to do to make this happen?”
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As families come together to celebrate the holiday season, the shared time can be an opportunity to talk about health. Although genetics may not be the liveliest of holiday dinner topics, family gatherings represent a unique opportunity to raise awareness about the important role that genetics can play in familial cancer risk, reduction and diagnosis.
Nearly 90 SCCA physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners recognized for excellence in patient care.
MyChart is SCCA's new patient portal, as of March 27. Patients will have access to communicate with their care team, view their medical records and other resources.
The King County Board of Health recently passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. SCCA is committed to doing the work required to addressing institutional and systemic racism in health and cancer care.