I understand that cancer feels very scary and disruptive to your plans for your life. When you’re told you have cancer, you may feel anxious about what the future holds. I try to explain how the treatments and services available here can help you get through this — not only the medical and surgical care you receive for the disease itself, but maybe seeing a social worker or psychiatrist who can help you navigate the changes and fears that can come with diagnosis and treatment.
I listen to you and try to give you all the time we need to address any concerns you have. I like to share as much as possible with you, so you know what to expect. I care about your story and see myself as somebody who can learn a lot from you. Sometimes I can share what I’ve learned from other patients to help you, too. Based on your level of interest, I also really like to help you understand the way we, as your care team, think about your anatomy, your disease and your treatment, such as the methods we have to reconstruct a limb for patients who need reconstruction.
Our clinic is unique in that it brings together surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists in one place, so you get team-based care. These specialists are in regular day-to-day communication, and they also meet formally every week to discuss the best ways to treat your disease. As a physician assistant, I work very closely with our physicians and assist with surgeries. I’m the person you will see for your more routine appointments, like your follow-up visit after surgery and your cancer-surveillance visits, where we check for early signs that the disease may have come back.
Bone Cancer and Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Benign Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors
Physician Assistant, 2001, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant
We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.
At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.