Building relationships is a priority for us. With the latest treatment available in your backyard, living with cancer doesn’t have to mean living in a hospital or traveling long distances for care. We are proud to have the right doctors and treatment options close to home so our patients and their loved ones can make the most of every single day.
Caring for our community like family is our priority at Valley and we are proud to provide outstanding clinical cancer care and leading-edge treatment options for our neighbors – close to home. We place an emphasis on prevention, early detection, improved outcomes, reduced side effects and less invasive treatment options. We deliver innovative care and therapies with patient-focused support and guidance. Living with cancer does not have to mean an extended stay in a hospital or traveling long distances for treatment. Our goal is to help our patients to make the most of every single day.
Physicians specializing in medical oncology, radiation oncology, neuro oncology and surgical oncology as well as specially trained nurses and technicians, social workers, physical therapists and nutritionists provide support through each stage of your cancer care. Your multidisciplinary team of board certified specialists gather regularly to review your case. Should you need more advanced care for a rare or complex diagnosis, you can be assured of quick and effortless access to renowned care at one of our UW Medicine affiliates.
Your entire breast cancer care team, in one visit, to create a personal care plan for you.
Our breast multidisciplinary clinic (MDC) brings providers from different specialties together to collaborate with each patient to design a coordinated, comprehensive and personalized plan of care using nationally recognized best practice guidelines.
A process that might otherwise take weeks or months and involve multiple visits for the patient is completed in a single day – allowing treatment to begin quickly.
Specialists in Oncology, Surgery, Radiation, Genetics spend time independently with each patient to explain treatment choices, encouraging questions and active participation. By the conclusion of the MDC visit, patients have every appointment and treatment scheduled and are able to begin down their path of care. Throughout the process, our Nurse Navigators offer individualized support to patients, assisting with questions and concerns, scheduling appointments as they arise, and provides education and resources to facilitate informed decision making and timely access to quality health and psychosocial care throughout all phases of care.
Your Breast Cancer Care Team Includes:
|Medical Oncologist||Radiation Oncologist|
|Breast Surgeon||Breast Radiologist|
|Occupational Therapist||Oncology Nurse Navigator|
The physicians at the Oncology & Hematology Clinic diagnose, evaluate and provide treatment strategies for patients with cancer and disorders of the blood and bone marrow. Our medical oncologists work to provide best-in-class care and treatment for patients with cancer and work collaboratively to ensure a comprehensive approach to treatment for each patient.
Treating cancer is a collaborative endeavor. Our medical oncologists work closely with surgeons, radiation oncologists, infusion teams and other specialists to help patients understand their diagnosis, create individualized treatment plans, and coordinate and provide effective treatment for patients with:
The Oncology and Hematology Clinic is staffed by skilled, experienced medical oncologists and hematologists with expertise in treating:
Each Oncology and Hematology physician is board-certified in medical oncology. As a team, they bring extensive experience in research and academic training at distinguished centers including the Mayo Clinic, Yale University, University of Southern California, University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Several have served as leadership for national and state medical oncology organizations and publish in medical journals. Most importantly, they provide outstanding, compassionate care.
Working with The Breast Center, Valley Medical Center’s state-of-the art breast screening and diagnostic center, we diagnose and evaluate patients whose mammograms have resulted in abnormal findings and treat patients who have been diagnosed with all types and stages of breast cancer.
Oncology and Hematology physicians collaborate closely with Valley Medical Center’s Infusion and Immunotherapy Center to treat cancer in a way that successfully brings about remission or prolongs life, while maintaining good quality of life. Therapy programs vary according to each patient’s needs.
Valley Medical Center's Radiation Oncology provides patients sophisticated, close-to-home radiation therapy treatment.
Patients who may want to consider genetic testing to evaluate for inherited cancer risk include those with the following:
Personal or family history of:
Initial consultations are 60 minutes and include history gathering, pedigree analysis, counseling, and discussion of appropriate testing. If patients choose to have testing, they will have a follow up appointment for in-person results disclosure. All patients will be provided with a personalized risk assessment and recommendations for follow up.
Genetic consult visits are nearly always covered by insurance. If you have concerns about your insurance coverage, we will be happy to speak with you and provide appropriate diagnosis and procedure codes prior to your visit. If genetic testing is recommended, our testing labs will provide you with a personalized cost estimate before testing is completed. For patients who choose to proceed with testing, the average out of pocket cost ranges from $0-100.
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Our team of radiation oncologists and therapy staff take a holistic approach and are dedicated to providing support and comfort throughout the course of radiation therapy. We offer advanced technologies for the following modalities:
Learn more about Radiation Oncology.
VMC’s robotic digital surgery option provides a less invasive cancer surgery alternative with faster recovery times and fewer side effects.
Physicians at Valley Medical Center's Neuroscience Institute treat patients with benign or cancerous tumors of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Benign nervous system tumors, while not cancerous, may require ongoing treatment.
Learn more about Neuro Oncology.
Designed to enhance the comfort of our patients and assure their dignity, our healing environment incorporates restorative natural elements like sunlight and water. Valley Medical Center is also proud to offer a Healing Garden and Serenity Garden, as well as an Inpatient Family Retreat, to provide peace and respite for patients and loved ones.
We also partner with Cancer Lifeline for classes and support groups to help you and your loved ones build strength and understanding, reduce stress and find comfort with others who understand your journey.
Valley Medical Center is accredited With Commendation by the Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. Learn more.
The earlier cancer is detected, often the easier it can be to treat and cure. Therefore, early detection is key to improving survival for patients diagnosed with cancer. The earlier cancer is found, the easier it is to treat and cure. Valley Medical Center offers the latest technology that help detect cancer and save lives:
When to Get a Colorectal Cancer Check
Age 45 or older?
Excluding skin cancer, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in both men and women the United States. It strikes more than 140,000 Americans and kills about 50,000 every year. It's one of the most curable cancers if detected early, but it often produces no symptoms until it's beyond successful treatment. It is thought that most colon cancers develop when environmental factors interact with a person’s inherited or acquired susceptibility. Most colon cancers come from a type of growth in the large intestine called an adenomatous polyp. These polyps can slowly change, usually taking many years to develop into cancer.
That's why everyone should be aware what risk group he or she falls into and when to begin screening for colorectal cancer. Valley Medical Center makes scheduling easy with Direct Access. Learn more.
All women and men at average risk for colorectal cancer should have a screening test for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45 (colorectal cancer is rarely found in people under the age of 45).
People who are at higher risk for colorectal cancer may need to begin screening tests at a younger age.
People at higher risk include:
Several methods can be used for screening. A person’s preference and the recommendation of his or her healthcare provider should determine which test is used and how frequently a person is screened.
Newer methods of screening for colorectal cancer may be recommended as screening options.
Screening for those at higher risk
The ACS makes the following recommendations:
The prostate is a gland that wraps around a man's urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder. Cancer can form inside this gland and exist for years without causing symptoms.
If you are a man, you are at risk for prostate cancer. The risk for prostate cancer increases with age. Your risk is also higher if you are African-American or have a family history of prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that men over age 50 get tested for prostate cancer once a year.
Learn about screening for prostate cancer.
Valley's Breast Center is an outpatient breast imaging center that offers screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, breast biopsy and bone density screening.
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Every woman is at risk for breast cancer. One in eight will develop the disease, and 85% of those who are diagnosed have no family history of breast cancer. This is why experts at Valley Breast Center believe that mammography remains the most effective tool for the detection of breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages.
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray that allows radiologists to look for changes in breast tissue. Valley Breast Center is proud to provide patients 3D mammography combined with 2D mammography as our standard of care.
The American College of Radiology, Society of Breast Imaging, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and American Society of Breast Surgeons recommend annual mammography screening starting at age 40 for average risk women. In fact, with early detection the average five year survival rate for breast cancer is close to 99%.
The Breast Center at Valley Medical Center follows strict federal guidelines to ensure mammography equipment is safe. The lowest doses of radiation are used, while capturing the breast tissue images more clearly in three dimensions.
In conjunction with the medical staff, clinical pharmacists provide intravenous nutritional support and pain management for patients in the hospital. In coordination with medical oncologists, the IV therapy team, oncology nurses and clinical pharmacy staff, VMC provides patients with a full range of intravenous and transfusion therapies, as well as supplies and infusion pumps, 24 hours a day.
Rehabilitation is available to inpatient and outpatient cancer patients through Occupational, Physical, Speech, and Children's Therapy and the Lymphedema Management program. The goal of Rehabilitation Services is to maintain or increase a patient's ability to remain independent in self-care, mobility and communication for as long as possible. The department helps with discharge planning to ensure a safe return home, with appropriate resources, and to teach family members how to provide appropriate assistance to the patient.
Education and support are provided to individuals who have undergone bowel or bladder surgery that results in changes in elimination, as well as to individuals who have draining wounds, pressure sores and other skin problems requiring ongoing management.
A dietitian is available to provide counseling regarding dietary problems related to cancer and cancer treatment. Services are provided at VMC's Diabetes Education & Nutrition Clinic in Kent.
Healthcare support services are offered to oncology patients in their homes upon recommendation of and under the guidance of the patient's physician. Home care services are administered by an interdisciplinary team that includes nurses, physical therapists, speech therapists, social workers, home health aides and enterostomy therapists. Services can be provided on an intermittent home visit basis or hourly. The home care team provides information and instruction to help the family or caregiver manage pain, disease symptoms and treatment side effects. The goal of home care is to return the patient to the highest level of functioning, or to make the patient as comfortable as possible through the end of life.
The Rehabilitation team at Valley Medical Center would like to help you recover faster, and be able to return to your normal activities following your treatment for breast cancer. Please review the Activity Guidelines and Exercises After Breast Cancer Surgery flyer to help your recovery. Please let your healthcare provider know if you are experiencing any of these symptoms beyond the normal post- operative period for healing (usually six weeks):
Your healthcare provider will help you determine if these symptoms are part of your normal healing process, or if you would benefit from the additional help from our rehabilitation team. A customized program will be developed for you, and may include any or all of the following:
In particular, if you notice swelling that persists in your arm or chest, your healthcare provider needs to evaluate if you may have early signs of lymphedema. This condition can occur following lymph node surgery or radiation therapy. Symptoms of lymphedema include:
Valley Medical Center offers highly specialized treatment for lymphedema called Complex Decongestive Therapy. This internationally endorsed approach consists of four parts:
Skilled therapists who have been certified by a 175 hour training course provide this specialized care. They will design a program to meet your needs, whether it’s for early management and education or intensive daily therapy. Valley Medical Center is a National Lymphedema Network sponsored treatment center.
A referral from your healthcare provider is needed for treatment and payment by your insurance. Talk about your concerns with your provider and ask for a therapy referral. The Rehabilitation Department is located in the Northwest Pavilion of the hospital. To schedule an appointment, call 425-690-3650.
Not long after having a clear mammogram, Janee noticed a lump had formed in her breast. After talking with her family, she decided to get it checked by her doctor a Valley Medical Center. Sure enough, it was breast cancer.
As you begin your cancer care journey, we strongly encourage you to take time for you. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. After all...your healing is all about YOU. You have not “become” your illness.
It may surprise you that people often express a sense of loss during short or long medical procedures—not physical so much as personal. Medical needs can overwhelm us and impact our outlook on life and how we cope with life’s challenges. This is normal.
Medical needs can lead you to think “I don’t know myself anymore” or that “I’ve lost a part of me.” Don't worry. Just know it's more misplaced than lost. You'll come to experience many feelings. This is very common, even expected.
At Valley, we walk beside you on this journey. No doubt, treatment rooms and medical procedures will strike you at first as unfamiliar ground. We encourage you to think of them as safe ground—safe for your body, mind and spirit. Behind every machine, therapy, surgery or paperwork is a staff member ready to help guide and support you.
These resources can help you learn how to live your best life with cancer:
Welcome your support network of friends and loved ones to join you on the journey. When going through infusions, chemotherapy, radiation treatments or other medical procedures, there is a tendency to feel alone. It helps to connect to your resources outside the hospital or clinic.
Remember: your family and friends understand you best. They may not understand all your medical care—but they don’t have to be medical professionals in order to support you. Let them be there for you to provide comfort, companionship, diversion and yes, even humor.
People close to you often want to help but may not know how. Let them be part of your medical journey. Share how you're feeling and how they can help lighten your load.
At times, it will be beneficial for you to let go of what you cannot change. A good question to ask is “How am I going to handle this?” You may need to find some energy, resources and support. Let your support from loved ones, community, support groups, faith-based organizations or other associations be a part of your cancer care journey.
There are also some helpful tools and practices you may want to consider to help you cope by finding moments of solitude, reflection, inspiration and hope:
An oncology social worker is available to assist you and your loved ones in addressing the new and complex challenges a diagnosis of cancer can bring. Our oncology social worker is a licensed, master’s level social worker with specialized training and experience in assisting people impacted by cancer. Services are available throughout all phases of your cancer care from diagnosis, through treatment and into recovery.
These services are offered at no additional cost as they are considered an important part of your total medical care:
The oncology social worker can offer you:
The oncology social worker can teach you about:
The oncology social worker can help you access:
Assistance with durable medical equipment, such as a cane or walker, is available by calling 425.690.6066 or by asking one of your healthcare team members to make a referral to Cancer Support Services.
American Cancer Society Online Resources
A nationwide, community-based volunteer health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
CancerCare Online Resources
CancerCare is a national organization committed to helping people cope with the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. CancerCare’s comprehensive network of services includes telephone, online and in-person counseling and support groups, education, publications, resources and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.
Cancer Lifeline Online Resources
24/7 Helpline: 206.297.2500 or 800.255.5505
Cancer Lifeline is a local cancer organization that provides emotional support, resources, educational classes, artistic expression and exercise support programs for people living with cancer. Patients, survivors, their families, friends, co-workers and caregivers are all welcome. Services are offered free of charge virtually and throughout the Puget Sound area.
Cancer Pathways offers a broad, community-based program of social, emotional, and educational support for cancer survivors and their loved ones. The program serves everyone touched by cancer across the cancer continuum—from diagnosis, through treatment and post-treatment, survivorship, and bereavement, including children, teens, and entire families.
Cancer Resource Center
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM
COVID NOTICE: The Cancer Resource Center is currently closed for in-person visits. Please call for assistance.
Friendly volunteers provide the following free services for cancer patients and their loved ones:
CaringBridge.org uses the power of the Internet to bring patients, caregivers, family and friends together to share information and support during life-changing health events such as cancer, premature birth, critical illness and serious accidents. CaringBridge is free and is a meaningful way to help friends and family from around the world stay connected and informed. Patients and caregivers post journal entries about their healthcare journey and in return, family and friends provide vital support through guestbook messages and a photo gallery.
Create your own CaringBridge page today. It’s quick, easy and free. Click here to get started!
The financial impacts of a cancer diagnosis can be significant. Our team is here to help you navigate the many billing and insurance questions you may have.
In addition, our financial advocates provide financial help and options and can assist with setting up payment plans and evaluating discount, charity care and public assistance options.
CancerCare may offer other financial assistance options.
NCI provides comprehensive information about cancer causes and prevention, screening and diagnosis, treatment and survivorship; clinical trials; statistics; and the institute and its programs.
Transportation resources to and from medical appointments are available within the community. Please contact the Cancer Resource Center at 425.690.3507 or our Oncology Social Workers for assistance at 425.690.6066.