Martina Martin, ARNP, MSN
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Palliative and supportive care
An important part of truly helping people is ensuring they have the tools they need to cope with their disease, and that is really where my passion lies as a clinician.”
How has cancer affected you personally?
Several years ago, my father was diagnosed with cancer. I noticed that he would leave for his doctor’s appointments with a bright, upbeat demeanor, but then he would come home looking distraught. My father would try to be brave in front of my mother as they discussed what the doctor had said, but you could see that he was feeling overwhelmed. There have been so many advances in oncology; we have all these amazing treatments now. But an important part of truly helping people is ensuring they have the tools they need to cope with their disease, and that is really where my passion lies as a clinician. I find it rewarding to help patients and families manage the fears, challenges and transitions that a diagnosis of cancer can bring.
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who provides palliative and supportive care for patients with advanced cancers. The goal of palliative care is to improve your quality of life during treatment. I help patients manage physical symptoms, such as pain or nausea, cope with stress and acknowledge the difficult emotions that can arise from a cancer diagnosis. Prior to joining SCCA, I spent 13 years working in the intensive care units at Swedish Hospital and Harborview Medical Center.
What is your approach to care?
I believe that every patient should have the opportunity to lead a meaningful, satisfying life, regardless of their diagnosis or the stage of their disease. I aim to help each person reach that goal by supporting their physical, emotional and spiritual health. During our appointments, we can discuss whatever problems or symptoms you’re facing. We can work together on planning for the future, healing the past, getting the most out of the present or simply prioritizing what’s important to you. Your voice matters and your situation is unique; I look forward to collaborating with your care team to help you live the best life possible.