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:
When Michael Rankin’s shoulder started hurting him two years ago, he didn’t hesitate to get it checked out. First he was referred to physical therapy. Then when the pain didn’t decrease, he got an X-ray, which eventually led to an MRI and biopsy that revealed the ultramarathon runner had stage 4 lung cancer.
Gov. Jay Inslee made it tougher for teens and young adults to smoke on Friday, signing “Tobacco 21” legislation raising the age to legally buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 alongside leaders from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
'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).
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) nurses will join their nursing colleagues throughout the country to present their research at the 2019 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress, which is the society’s annual conference. ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing.