AnnaLiisa McGlinn, MD
I once cared for a woman with lung cancer who was an artist; she made beautiful stained glass. Understandably, she was scared about her diagnosis, but my colleagues and I treated her, and she did very well for several years. Shortly after she passed away, her husband stopped by and gave me an angel figurine. He told me it was the last piece of stained glass that his wife had made and that she wanted me to have it. “You really helped us come closer together. Thank you for all you’ve done,” he said. That angel still hangs in my office. Every time I look at it, I think of her and I’m reminded of why I do this work.
No matter where you are in your cancer journey, I can help. From a technical standpoint, I use radiation to cure cancer when possible, provide symptom relief and improve your quality of life. However, I also see myself as a listener and a source of support. During clinic visits, I invite you to talk about the range of emotions that you might be feeling, identify life stressors and consider how your diagnosis is affecting your relationships. Discussing these topics can free up your energy for healing. Here’s one piece of advice I often give that is applicable to everyone: Do something each day that promotes your sense of well-being and inner peace.
Specialties and clinical expertise: Radiation Oncology
I am a board-certified radiation oncologist who provides care at SCCA Peninsula, a radiation oncology clinic located in Poulsbo, Washington. I see patients with a variety of diseases, such as breast cancer and lung cancer, among many others. My background includes working at Providence Alaska Medical Center and serving as the medical director of radiation oncology at the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute in Pennsylvania.
At SCCA, I work with a team of medical professionals to customize a radiation plan for each patient. We use images to target tumors with precision while protecting critical organs and tissue outside the target area. What I love about this practice is the opportunity to provide comfort and inspire others while keeping pace with constantly evolving technology. Above all, I strongly identify with SCCA’s vision of helping patients pursue better, longer and richer lives.
We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.
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SCCA accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.