Lung cancer overview
You are at the center of everything we do at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). Here, we surround you with a team of specialists who work together closely to provide expert, targeted care and compassionate support throughout your treatment and beyond.
Lung cancer treatment has changed dramatically in recent years, with more options and significantly higher survival rates. As treatment becomes more complex, it's more important than ever to see experts who can determine the best way to treat your particular disease.
The SCCA Lung Cancer Program is the largest, most experienced program of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. We guide you every step of the way, combining our deep clinical expertise in lung cancer with a commitment to meet your unique needs.
When Bill Eberhart relocated to Sequim, Wash., from Hawaii, several years ago, he needed to find new doctors. Eberhart made an appointment with a new primary care provider, who asked if he was a smoker. “I used to be,” Eberhart responded, “but I haven’t smoked in over five years.” Still, when the doctor heard that Eberhart, 71, had smoked for more than 40 years before that, he immediately recommended lung cancer screening.
Beverly “Sunshine” Pegues dons her helmet, adjusts her gloves, swings her leg over her saddle and rides into the early dawn sunshine in Seattle. Birdsong punctuates the hushed morning sounds. Her bicycle tires crunch along the sandy road. Riding strong and confident, she picks up speed. She is on the road, training for Obliteride, an annual 25-to-100-mile fundraiser for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch).
Tom Boyle was screened at SCCA and UW's Lung Cancer Screening Program. The senior parachute instructor's lung cancer was detected early and was treated with surgery.
Most of us expect to go through an interview before starting a job, but have you ever thought about interviewing your physician before you work together ? Randall Broad did — in fact, he interviewed four physicians before deciding to receive his lung cancer treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and UW Medicine.
Why choose SCCA for lung cancer treatment?
- Comprehensive lung cancer treatment
Our doctors are experts in the full spectrum of complex treatments lung cancer may require. Based on the unique characteristics of your cancer, your team may recommend surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, proton therapy or other radiation therapy, all available at SCCA.
- Lung cancer clinical trials
To give you access to the most innovative therapies, SCCA unites the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in lung cancer clinical studies not available everywhere. More clinical studies on lung cancer take place here than anywhere else in the region.
- Detecting lung cancer early
Our Lung Cancer Early Detection & Prevention Clinic evaluates patients with pulmonary nodules or other abnormalities that might be signs of lung cancer. We also offer the latest information on risk factors and screening for people at high risk.
- A national leader in cancer care
SCCA is the leading cancer treatment center in the region and among the top nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- NCI comprehensive cancer center
We are a comprehensive cancer center, a designation from the National Cancer Institute that reflects our scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of our research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
At SCCA, we have been personalizing lung cancer care for decades. Our experts offer comprehensive care — from prevention, screening and diagnosis to treatment and surveillance.
At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
SCCA was formed, in part, to bring promising new treatments to patients faster. For liver cancer patients, this means more treatment options at SCCA than you might find elsewhere, including the chance to participate in one of many ongoing clinical trials conducted at SCCA and its partner organizations, Fred Hutch and UW Medicine.
There are many resources online for learning about your disease, as well as organizations that provide community and support for your cancer diagnosis. Health educators at the SCCA Patient and Family Resource Center have compiled a list of trusted sources to help you get started.