Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is a world-class cancer treatment center that unites physicians from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children's. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center that conducts research and provides services directly to cancer patients. Comprehensive Cancer Centers also conduct activities in outreach and education, and provide information on health care advances to both health care professionals and the public. An NCI-designated Cancer Center must meet a series of competitive requirements and demonstrate excellence in cancer research.
SCCA is the cancer treatment arm of University of Washington Medical Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. In 1998, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center joined UW Medicine and Seattle Children's to form the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, one of the leading adult and pediatric cancer centers in the United States. The primary mission of the SCCA is to provide premier, patient-focused cancer care and rapid access to the best cancer treatments, while supporting the conduct of clinical research and education, enhancing access to improved cancer interventions and advancing the standard of cancer care nationwide. The SCCA has three clinical-practice sites. Outpatient services are provided at its flagship 150,000-square-foot clinic, which is located on the Hutchinson Center's campus near Lake Union in Seattle. Pediatric-inpatient care is provided at Children's, and adult-inpatient care is provided at University of Washington Medical Center.
SCCA Pain Clinic was established with the opening of SCCA. SCCA Pain Clinic staff is dedicated to managing complex pain complaints in oncology patients. Our primary philosophy of care is that pain management in cancer patients should be patient-focused. It is important for patients to understand why they are experiencing pain as not all pain is caused by cancer. It is not uncommon for oncology patients to experience pain before, during or after treatment. Clinic staff manage complex oncology pain for solid tumor and bone marrow transplantation and also complex pain complains in a variety of hematological conditions.
The clinic is staffed by Sydne Mead-Smith and Margie Anderson, clinical nurse coordinators. Our nurses are available to discuss pain issues Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are available at the SCCA Pain Clinic on Tuesday afternoons and on Thursday morning. In addition to our registered nurses, the SCCA Pain Clinic team consists of an attending anesthesiologist, pain specialist and medical director, Dr. Dermot R. Fitzgibbon, MD; a registered nurse practitioner, Jennifer Jacky; and clinical pharmacists, Helen Marshall, Tara Chen, Eliza Groothuis, Roy Mock, Laura Miars, and Anna Sutherland. Where appropriate, we involve additional staff, including social workers, physical therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and occupational therapists, to help in your care. We also collaborate with other physicians and keep close contact with patients in order to personalize a pain-management plan. Successful pain management requires a team approach between all who are involved in care. Most importantly, this must include the patient. Successful pain management requires a long-term commitment to care. Our goal is to help patients gain control of their pain and improve the quality of their life.
To contact the SCCA Pain Clinic, please call: (206) 288-2014, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
825 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98109