On the fifth floor of the clinic at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, nurses scurry from room to room, tending, soothing, answering questions. It’s an unlikely oasis for contemplation, but that’s what Michelle Todd is offering on the first day of National Nurses Week.
April is National Cancer Control Month, a time set aside to highlight the prevention and early detection of cancer. Last year, more than 1.7 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the U.S., and more than 609,000 people died of cancer-related causes, according to estimates from the National Cancer Institute. At the same time, the overall death rate from cancer has been decreasing. Declines in death rates for many cancers has led to an increase in the number of cancer survivors, who often have lasting complications from their treatment. At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), a Survivorship Clinic, support groups and social workers help people navigate life after cancer. One program in particular, SCCA's Long-Term Follow-Up Program (LTFU), supports bone marrow transplant recipients with lifelong medical check-ins and comprehensive monitoring of their health and well-being. Read on for a view into how Long-Term Follow-Up works:
'He calmed me down.' Dr. Jesse Fann joins 56 SCCA physicians in Seattle Magazine's list of Top Doctors
The day that Deborah Przekop was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2010, her head started spinning. It didn’t stop until she met Dr. Jesse Fann, a psychiatrist at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).
Colon cancer has long been considered an older person’s disease. The average age at diagnosis is 68 for men and 72 for women. So when Drew Griffin was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer at 39 after months of abdominal pain, he was shocked.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a magic food you could eat to prevent cancer? It turns out that this is not necessarily pie-in-the-sky thinking. In fact, healthy eating plays a significant role in cancer prevention, which is why Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) offers nutrition visits at no charge to its patients.