For many cancer survivors, both the disease and treatment have long-lasting or late-onset effects. Our Fred Hutch Survivorship Program offers support, consultation and education for years after cancer treatment is over. As a member of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network, we’re part of a nationwide effort to help survivors and their healthcare team understand and manage the medical and psychosocial effects of having cancer and receiving treatment.
The Survivorship Program enables survivors to take an active role in their renewed health and teaches them how to educate their family members and healthcare team about their needs.
We offer a Survivorship Clinic at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to help survivors understand their cancer diagnosis and treatment, address the chronic effects of cancer and its therapy, provide monitoring recommendations to allow for early identification of treatment-related sequelae and promote health-protective behaviors.
Dr. Baker joined the Survivorship Program as director in February of 2009. He works with pediatric bone marrow transplant patients and also leads the pediatric survivorship program at Seattle Children’s.
Ms. Bartell is the project coordinator for outreach activities and events for the Survivorship Program.
Ms. Loacker joined the Survivorship Program in March of 2009. She creates the patient treatment summaries and supports the nurse practitioners by providing lab and test results.
Ms. Rajotte began her work with the Center in 2005. As Program Administrator, her work includes writing grant applications, launching new clinical services and collaborating with other organizations.
Dr. Syrjala is the founding co-director the Survivorship Program. She helps coordinate the use of survivorship research findings to help patients and physicians monitor and minimize cancer’s late- and long-term effects.
Ms. Heron is a nurse practitioner, assisting cancer survivors as they transition from oncology to primary care.
Our research examines and addresses the long- and short-term physical, psychological, social and economic effects of cancer and its treatment, from studying the long-term cardiovascular effects of cancer treatment to examining the factors that determine emotional adjustment and quality of life.
As part of our research program, all patients entering survivorship care complete survivorship questionnaires about their physical, emotional and medical experiences. We use these surveys to determine eligible survivors and invite them to participate in research projects.
Researchers at the University of Iowa and Fred Hutch are developing a web-based program to connect ovarian cancer patients and improve their quality of life. Sessions include Stress Management, Maximizing Support from Friends and Family, Relaxation Techniques, Spirituality and Coping.
It’s a virtual wellness and support group. Sessions are roughly 2 hours a week for 10 weeks, attended online, with training and activities to practice each week.
For more information or to participate, contact:
Dr. Ellen Kinner
University of Iowa Department of Psychology
Dr. Bonnie McGregor
Tamoxifen has been shown to reduce breast cancer risk by up to 50 percent in high-risk women. This study is evaluating whether a lower tamoxifen dose is effective, while causing fewer side effects. Participants are women who have received radiation treatment to the chest wall, armpit area or whole body.
This study is supported by a National Cancer Institute grant.
Since 2008, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has been a safe, comfortable place for participants to build companionship with others affected by cancer and share stories and inspiration.
During the 12-week program, participants meet twice a week for 90 minutes. They use traditional exercise methods to ease back into fitness and help maintain a healthy weight. Topics include:
Participants also learn about wellness, stress reduction techniques and how to continue healthful habits after the program has ended.
American Cancer Society
Source for news, information, and support.
The oldest and largest nonprofit agency offering cancer support and information.
Cancer Hope Network
One-on-one patient and family support.
Support, education, and advocacy information.
Cancer awareness, education, and support.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Research, education and patient services for all blood cancers.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Free resources and materials for all cancer types.
National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship
Advocating for quality cancer care and empowering survivors.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Health information and resources.
Education and support for Mesothelioma survivors.
Programs, support groups, classes, activities and presentations aimed at optimizing the quality of life for cancer patients and cancer survivors and their families, friends, co-workers and caregivers.
Crisis Line of Seattle
Free support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, home-like setting.
Team Survivor Northwest
A broad range of fitness and health education programs to enable women cancer survivors, in any stage of treatment or recovery and at any fitness level.
Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
Free assistance and education to consumers regarding insurance questions, including the authority to investigate formal complaints against insurers and agents, and enforce insurance law.
Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
PO Box 19024, Mail stop LF-268
Seattle, WA 98109
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
To schedule a clinic appointment, call 206.606.6100 and ask to schedule with the Survivorship Clinic.