As cancer treatments improve, the population of cancer survivors grows. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center understands the need to support survivors with uniquely tailored follow-up care.
Recently developed by our Endocrine Tumor Program, a new survivorship clinic provides long-term follow-up care for patients with thyroid cancer. It also serves those with other cancer-related endocrine problems.
“We’ve always followed patients long term,” said endocrinologist Mara Roth, MD. “But having a dedicated clinic elevates these services and improves patients’ access to care.
Katherine Parikh, ARNP leads the clinic in collaboration with Endocrine Tumor Program physicians. “Having regular follow-up visits and a resource for questions or concerns often gives patients peace of mind,” said Parikh. “Studies show that survivorship care also improves patient outcomes.”
The Endocrine Tumor Program survivorship clinic provides longitudinal care for a range of endocrine-related conditions, including:
“The care we provide varies from person to person depending on their condition and cancer history,” said Parikh. “We develop a customized plan for each patient that addresses their individual needs."
Parikh is part of a team of endocrine tumor experts. This team includes endocrinologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists, molecular imaging and therapy specialists and pathologists.
“I work closely with the physicians, especially when developing care plans for complex or unusual cases,” said Parikh. “We also discuss challenging cases at our monthly tumor board meetings, which include the entire team. This collaboration helps ensure the best treatment plan for each patient.”
Patients’ needs change after cancer treatment, and often require long-term attention. Survivorship care involves surveillance for recurrent or new cancers. It also helps patients manage the lasting, recurring and delayed side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.
The Endocrine Survivorship Clinic is an initiative at Fred Hutch to provide active surveillance and follow-up for distinct conditions. Our other clinics provide follow-up care for patients who have undergone blood and marrow transplantation and cellular immunotherapy treatment.
Fred Hutch also offers general survivorship care. The Survivorship Clinic is for those who have been treated for any type of cancer. Patients receive education and resources to:
The Fred Hutch Endocrine Tumor Program is the largest and most experienced in the Pacific Northwest. Patients receive comprehensive, personalized care and may be eligible for the latest promising therapies through our clinical trials.
Our Endocrine Survivorship Clinic is a service for patients treated at Fred Hutch.