At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and UW Medicine, we surround you with experts who specialize in caring for people with cancer.
A handful of people make up the core of your reconstructive surgery team. You will have a reconstructive plastic surgeon from UW Center for Reconstructive Surgery. The surgeon you see will have a great deal of experience with the procedures that match your needs. You will also have advanced practice providers, nurses and medical assistants. They have a special focus on caring for people before, during and after reconstruction. Before surgery, you will meet with the anesthesiology team to make sure your surgery will be as safe as possible. A patient care coordinator will schedule your visits.
Others join your team based on your personal needs. We have specialists and supportive care team members based at SCCA and UW Medicine who know the issues that matter for people with cancer. All of us are here to help you prepare and recover.
— Shannon M. Colohan, MD, reconstructive plastic surgeon
All of our advanced practice providers specialize in reconstructive surgery.
Advanced practiced providers have training that is similar to physicians and can see you without your physician. At SCCA and UW, these health care professionals work closely with your physicians. There are two types: physician assistants (PAs) and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs). They help provide and coordinate your treatment and also help manage the effects of your disease and treatment.
Your patient care coordinator (PCC) works closely with you and your physicians. They will be your surgery scheduler. Each surgeon usually has their own PCC. If you will have two or more surgeons, their PCCs work together to schedule your surgery.
This physician does surgery to improve your function, appearance or both after cancer treatment, if you want or need it. Based on your exact needs, they may work closely with your cancer surgeon to operate on the same day your cancer is removed, or they may do your reconstruction later in a separate procedure.
Your reconstructive surgeon:
Coordinates with the rest of your care team if you need other types of treatment.
Many types of supportive care team members are here to help you and your family. They include dietitians, physical therapists, pain medicine specialists, psychologists, social workers, spiritual health staff, genetic counselors, palliative care specialists, naturopaths and acupuncturists.
Learn more about Supportive Care Services