If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, you're probably thinking hard about what to do next. Educating yourself about cancer and understanding the various treatment options that are explained on these pages is a good start. However, your most important decision is selecting where to get your cancer treated.
Studies have shown that the first treatment you receive for cancer is by far the most important. That's why your first choice in a treatment center needs to be the right one. Patients who begin their treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance often have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere. Not only can you expect the best standard of care available, patients at SCCA have access to advanced therapies and treatments being explored in ongoing clinical trials for gynecologic cancers conducted at SCCA's parent organizations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine.
SCCA has five UW Medicine gynecologic oncologists, more than any other medical center or clinic in the five-state region surrounding Washington. In addition, we have a radiation oncologist who is a specialist in treating gynecologic cancers, and a dedicated gynecologic cancer pathologist, a doctor whose job is to diagnose and analyze only these cancers.
"Here we have a pure, limited practice for women with gynecologic cancers, or presumed gynecologic cancers," says Dr. Benjamin Greer, a UW Medicine gynecologic oncologist who heads the Gynecologic Cancer Program at SCCA. "That's all we do." This highly specialized medical practice means that patients "get the best care and the best outcomes," Dr. Greer says.
At SCCA we view treatment as a collaborative effort. Your doctors will discuss all your options and recommend a treatment plan based on your type of cancer and how it’s progressed. We’ll also consider your general health, lifestyle, and personal preferences.