The neuro-oncology team at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and UW Medicine has a wide breadth of expertise in both primary brain cancers and in brain and spinal cord metastases. At the SCCA Brain and Spine Metastases Clinic, we specialize in treating patients with a primary cancer that has spread to the brain and spinal cord, known as brain and spinal cord metastases. SCCA is one of the only centers in the U.S. with expertise in brain and spinal cord metastases.
Making medical decisions regarding the treatment of brain and spinal cord metastases is complex and requires an advanced level of knowledge and experience. Knowing how to minimize the side effects of treatments that can affect a patient’s brain function is also critical.
Our medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons are among the nation’s most knowledgeable and respected physicians in brain and spinal cord oncology. Each week, a team of multidisciplinary providers — including expert physicians, nurses and researchers — meets to discuss, evaluate and plan each patient’s individualized care.
Through the SCCA Brain and Spine Metastases Clinic, we offer the most advanced treatment options available, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. In addition, there are options for treatment within a clinical trial. We work closely with the Gamma Center at Harborview Medical Center, the SCCA Proton Therapy Center and the Alvord Brain Tumor Center at UW Medical Center – Montlake.
At SCCA, we also offer our patients robust supportive care services such as nutrition, social work and psychiatry. It is important to us to care for our patients as a whole person, not just the disease or cancer.
About our patients
Our patients are often referred by their primary medical oncologist, who is treating their primary cancer. Some patients are seeking new options and a second opinion for their brain and spinal cord metastases.
We work closely with your primary cancer oncologist, involving them in your care and communicating with them frequently. Your primary oncologist remains with you throughout your brain or spinal cord metastasis treatment, and the treatments we offer complement your primary cancer care.
For patients with primary brain or spinal cord cancers
For patients with a primary (non-metastasized) brain or spinal cord cancer, our partners at the Alvord Brain Tumor Center at UW Medical Center – Montlake have a robust team with dedicated expertise in treating these cancers. Treatment is available for every type of primary brain and spinal cord cancer.
Request an appointment
Call the SCCA Brain and Spine Metastases Clinic at (855) 557-0555 to request an appointment with a specialist in brain or spinal cord metastases.
Call the Alvord Brain Tumor Center at UW Medical Center – Montlake at (206) 598-2282 to request an appointment with a specialist in primary brain or spinal cord cancer.