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Nationally recognized, lifesaving cancer care.

Prevention & Detection

Preventing cancer or detecting it early is key in the global effort to eliminate cancer. Understand how you can reduce your own risk and that of your family.

Treatment Options

Fighting cancer together means partnering with leading medical, radiation and surgical oncologists to create customized treatment plans that fit your diagnosis.

Navigating Cancer

U.S. News & World Report ranks UW Medical Center's cancer care among the top 20 nationally based on our patient care and outcomes.

Featured Provider

Meet the provider: Barbara Goff, M.D.

Dr. Goff is a gynecologic oncologist who believes that patients and physicians need to work as a team to cure cancer. She is a frequent guest on the Dr. Oz show. View full bio.

Some of our common services:

Prevention and Detection

  • Screenings
  • Genetic counseling
  • Lifestyle and health education
  • Support resources

What to Expect

  • Care team alliance
  • Consultation and diagnosis
  • Inpatient and outpatient care
  • Treatment plan navigation

Treatment Options

  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • And many more

Convenient care, in your neighborhood.

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To E.R. or not to E.R.


Know when and where to seek help.

If you experience significant changes in your physical or mental functions and fear you have a serious, life-threatening illness or injury that could require emergency medical, surgical or psychiatric attention, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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You can also go to urgent care for non-life-threatening illnesses and conditions.

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You're in control of your eCare, our online patient portal

Make Appointments

  • Office visits and procedures
  • Pregnancy visits
  • Vaccine visits
  • Well-child visits
  • Wellness exams

Your Health

  • Test results
  • Billing estimates
  • Visit summaries
  • Medical history
  • Medical records

Your Kids' Health

  • Schedule well-child visit
  • Schedule vaccine visit
  • View test results
  • Growth charts
  • View records

Self-Service/Message Center

  • Ask your care team a question
  • Prescription refills
  • Provider referrals
  • Health reminders
  • Volunteer to be in a study

Health News You Can Use

Condition Spotlight



Carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer. It begins in epithelial tissues that line the skin, lungs, breasts, pancreas and other organs and glands. Carcinomas may spread to other parts of the body, or may stay confined to a primary location.


Symptoms vary depending on the location of the cancerous tissue and the stage to which the cancer has progressed—stage I, stage II, etc. If you have cancer of unknown primary (CUP), symptoms may include swollen lymph nodes, bone, chest or stomach pain, poor appetite, fatigue, headache, confusion and many others.

Risk factors and causes

The risk factors vary depending on the location of the carcinoma. Consult your doctor if you have a personal or family history of cancer. When cells in a particular part of the body grow out of control, they may become cancerous, replicate and invade other tissues.


Carcinoma is diagnosed using biopsy, in which a sample of suspicious tissue is removed. A pathologist then analyzes the sample under a microscope to identify if cancer is present in the epithelial cells, which are part of the outer surfaces of organs, blood vessels, skin and inner surfaces of many organs.


Treatment will differ depending on the type and location of the carcinoma, but can include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, immunotherapy (using medicines that stimulate the immune system to destroy cancer cells) and targeted therapy (using medicines that specifically attack cancer cells).


Knowing where a cancer began plays a role in determining treatment. When it cannot be traced to part of the body, it is called a carcinoma of unknown primary – a rare form, but one that can be aggressive. Doctors will work hard to locate where the cancer began, and treat it to contain its spread.

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