I went to work at a cancer center during my residency, where I met many patients during the height of a stressful time. Some had dealt with cancer for many years, while others were in the intensive care unit or facing the prospect of major surgery. It was very meaningful to be in a position to care for them, and I was inspired by their outlook on life. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help patients with cancer manage their pain and improve their quality of life.
Many patients with cancer experience pain as a symptom, which can have a significant impact on a person’s life. Pain can arise from the cancer itself, from treatment or from other related medical conditions. Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly where pain is coming from, and a person’s experience with pain — and its limitations — can change over time. My colleagues and I at the SCCA Pain Clinic work closely with you to make an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan based on your priorities and personal circumstances. We will often consider medications, procedures, physical therapy, lifestyle changes or a combination of these strategies. While we can’t always eliminate pain completely, our goal is to make it more manageable.
Complex pain management
I am an anesthesiologist who also specializes in pain medicine. At SCCA, I provide complex pain management care for patients with a variety of cancers and hematological conditions. My practice includes seeing patients at the SCCA Pain Clinic as well as UW Medical Center.
All Cancer Types
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.