Josh D. Epworth, ARNP
I am very confident in SCCA’s capacity to treat patients with the best regimens that are available. Excellent care goes beyond simply reviewing numbers and writing prescriptions. In addition to providing the most advanced care, I’m also here to answer questions until the patient understands that they have options and that their disease will not define who they are. There is no “cookie-cutter” patient. Everyone is going to have unique requirements that need to be respected. There’s no limit on the number of questions they can ask, and there are no wrong questions. By taking time to listen and provide information, my goal is to reduce anxiety and improve responses. It’s this combination of advanced medicine plus individualized care that produce truly great outcomes.
I’m fortunate to be at SCCA where advanced practice providers like me are able to focus on a specific type of disease. Oncology has become very complex and patients benefit from highly specialized care. At SCCA, I’m able to solely study plasma cell diseases and become very competent at treating them. I’m learning all the time and I work closely with world-class physicians and scientists who are also excellent teachers. There is always new research coming out, which is exciting and offers us many new opportunities for treating our patients.
I work with patients who have plasma cell diseases including multiple myeloma, amyloidosis and Waldenström macroglobulinemia. What is so exciting about treating these diseases right now is the number of advances that have been made in therapy beyond traditional chemotherapies. With each day, researchers are developing newer and more effective medications that we are using to remarkable effect. Having access to these resources and studies for the benefit of patients is why I came to work at SCCA.
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.