E. Olivia Aniche, MSN, ARNP
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Head and neck cancers
What do you enjoy most about working in oncology?
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
The most common head and neck cancer is squamous cell cancer. We see these patients for five years to monitor them for cancer surveillance. It’s rewarding for me to see these patients from the beginning — before they have gone through treatment, when they are at a very low point — and then post-surgery, when they are doing great and thriving.
When our head and neck cancer patients need surgery, we see them first at SCCA in South Lake Union and then the surgery occurs at UW Medical Center. I am mindful that surgical treatment isn’t just about the procedure: We are treating the psychological and emotional effects of surgery as well. I see the patient as a whole person, because holistic care is important in the treatment of head and neck cancers.