The Seattle Cancer Consortium Breast SPORE is an integrated collaboration between its participating institutions — Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Each institution provides outstanding facilities and a scientific environment to support the full spectrum of basic, clinical and population-based cancer research conducted by our members.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Fred Hutch, home to three Nobel laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical technology to eliminate cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death. Hutch receives more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other independent U.S. research center.
Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, Hutch’s five scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. Fred Hutch is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest and is one of 41 nationwide.
University of Washington
The University of Washington’s faculty includes five Nobel Prize recipients, five MacArthur Fellows and more than 40 members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.
Its highly regarded School of Medicine has been ranked first in the nation in training primary-care physicians, and several of its graduate and professional programs are rated among the top 10 in their fields.
Since 1975, the UW has been among the top public universities in receipt of federal research funds.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance: Breast Cancer Clinic
Our ability to carry out the SPORE clinical studies depends on the accrual of adequate numbers of patients and patient specimens. The Seattle Cancer Consortium Breast SPORE has access to a substantial patient population encompassing all stages of the breast cancer continuum through the Breast Cancer Clinics at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and two SCCA satellite clinics.Clinical breast oncology faculty at the UW practice in the outpatient setting at the SCCA clinic. Surgery and inpatient services are at the UW Medical Center.
The SCCA Breast Cancer Clinic serves as the core patient recruitment site for SPORE studies. Over the past five years, development and maturation of the Seattle Cancer Consortium and the SCCA have led to increasing uniformity of administrative services and clinic operations for all solid tumor programs, including the breast program. As part of this development, Breast Imaging, the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Clinic, the Women’s Wellness Center, and the Breast Health Center, have all been relocated from the UW to the SCCA. Coupled with existing SCCA breast clinics, these moves consolidate all breast patient care and cancer functions except surgery and nuclear imaging in a single facility.
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