Cancer Care


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UW Medicine, in partnership with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, provides the highest quality, comprehensive cancer care to patients with all types of cancer, regardless of how rare or common, simple or complex their diagnosis. Our program is recognized every year by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best. In 2016, it earned a No. 7 ranking.

Cancer specialists based at UW Medical Center and SCCA work closely together to ensure cancer care is integrated at every level. Our team includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, clinical pharmacists, nurses, nutritionists and other healthcare professionals with special training. The multidisciplinary team approach leads to better care and better outcomes for our patients.

Our team is comprised of internationally recognized experts in oncology. They include scientists studying genetic mutations of ovarian cancer to develop prevention tactics, providers developing vaccines to prevent breast and ovarian cancer, engineers and oncologists using nanotechnology to improve patient outcomes, as well as many other clinicians delivering the latest and best cancer care possible to patients every day.

As part of an academic health system, our providers have also trained many community-based healthcare professionals to care for patients with cancer, and they continue to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals.

Cancer services

UW Medicine and SCCA provide a full spectrum of cancer management – from preventing the disease, to caring for newly diagnosed patients, to coordinating specialty care for patients with advanced forms of the disease. We provide leading-edge treatments for the following types of cancer:

  • Blood and​ Marrow Transplantation / Stem Cell Transplantation - Procedures used to restore stem cells that were destroyed by high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Most commonly used to treat diseases such as lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma.​​
  • Brain and Spine Tumors​ - Cancers of the brain and spinal cord including brain and spinal metastasis.​​
  • Br​east - Cancer of the breast.​
  • Colorectal - Cancer of the colon, rectum, anus and small intestine.
  • Endocrine - Cancer of the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands.
  • ​​Esop​hageal ​and Gastric​ - Cancer of the upper digestive track, from the esophagus to the stomach.​
  • Genitourinary​ - Cancer of the bladder, testicles​​, penis and​​ kidney (renal cell)​.
  • Gynecologic - Cancer of the ovaries, cervix, uterus and lining (endometrial), fallopian tubes, vulva and vagina.
  • Head and Neck - Cancer of the head or neck including nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat or larynx.​
  • Leukemia​, Lymphoma​ - Cancer of the blood cells and lymphatic system.
  • Liver - Cancer of the liver and bile duct including liver metastasis.
  • Lung - Cancer of the lungs including mesothelioma and lung metastasis.
  • Melanoma - Malignant and benign skin tumors.​
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery​ - Reconstructive and cosmetic surgical services to correct deformities and restore normal function after cancer-related treatments.
  • Prostate - Cancer of the prostate.
  • Pancreas - Cancer of the pancreas including islet cell and ampullary cancer.
  • Radiation Oncology​ - Multiple advanced radiotherapies used to treat a variety of cancers.
  • Sarcoma - Cancer of the bone and soft tissue including fat, muscle, nerves, fibrous tissues and blood vessels.
  • Surgical Oncology​​​​​ - Surgical treatment for cancerous growths, tumor and neoplasms.
  • UW-OncoPlex​​​​ - Cancer-sequencing tests used to identify gene mutations that make cancer cells sensitive to some drugs and resistant to others (e.g. HER2 mutations indicate sensitivity to Trastuzamab or DDR2 mutations indicate sensitivity to Dasatinib). With this knowledge, we can design targeted individual treatment plans for improved patient outcomes. ​