Multiple myeloma 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 expertly targeted, complete care and compassionate support throughout your treatment and beyond.
We guide you every step of the way, combining our deep clinical expertise in multiple myeloma with a commitment to meet your unique needs.
Why choose SCCA?
- Experts in multiple myeloma
SCCA is internationally recognized as a center for multiple myeloma treatment and research. We provide care to more than 500 people with myeloma each year. Our doctors and scientists are working to better understand what causes the disease and provide the most effective care.
- Bone marrow transplant for multiple myeloma
The Fred Hutch Bone Marrow Transplant Program at SCCA consistently achieves higher-than-expected transplant survival rates. We pioneered bone marrow transplants and have performed more than any other institution in the world. Since 2001, we have performed transplants for more than 1,500 people with myeloma.
- 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.
By the time he boarded an airplane to travel across the country to SCCA in 2019, D.J. Blackrick had exhausted the standard treatments for multiple myeloma.
In the summer of 2017, Lorrie Ann Sherman thought food poisoning was the reason she was throwing up and felt so weak she couldn’t even stand. At 42 years old, she was a health and fitness enthusiast who ran or did yoga daily, ate clean and favored cold press juices.
Multiple myeloma is a blood, or hematologic, cancer that can affect your bones and kidneys as well as your levels of healthy blood cells. SCCA offers comprehensive myeloma treatment from a team of experts.
There is no single standard treatment plan for myeloma. We design a plan based on the specific details of your disease and how it’s affecting your body. Your SCCA team will recommend a customized combination of chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, immunotherapy, radiation therapy or other treatments.
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.
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 multiple myeloma clinical studies not available everywhere.
There are many resources online for learning about your disease. Health educators at the SCCA Patient and Family Resource Center have compiled a list of trusted sources to help you get started.