Dr. Rachel Yung wants to be unemployed. As clinical director of breast cancer prevention and wellness at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), here’s what she really means: She wants to reduce the number of people diagnosed with cancer. For those who do develop cancer, she wants to minimize the amount of treatment they need. “I would love to be out of a job,” says Yung, a medical oncologist. “I think most oncologists feel this way.”
Lois Regen has spent close to four decades at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s clinical immunogenetics lab. She’s the manager, making sure that blood or saliva samples are analyzed promptly to see if potential donors are good matches for patients in need of bone marrow or stem cell transplants.
How do you thank someone for saving your life? Ellen Nottingham has had two years to ponder that question.
Diagnosed in the spring of 2016 with acute myeloid leukemia at a large hospital in Seattle, Nottingham was told by a team of three doctors that she had two weeks to live. One of them remained in the room after the other two left and offered a different option, saying quietly, “You could go to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and see if they have a clinical trial you could join.”
When Ted Ave’Lallemant was diagnosed with leukemia in 2005, his oncologist in Wisconsin suggested he seek a second opinion at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
‘It gave him back his life’: 12 years post-transplant, a bone marrow transplant patient bids SCCA goodbye
In 2005, while working as a forest ranger in Wisconsin, Ted Ave’Lallemant started feeling ill. His fever and exhaustion tailed him for three weeks until he visited his doctor.