Survivorship Program

For many cancer survivors, both the disease and treatment have long-lasting or late-onset effects. Our Fred Hutch Survivorship Program offers support, consultation and education for years after cancer treatment is over. As a member of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network, we’re part of a nationwide effort to help survivors and their healthcare team understand and manage the medical and psychosocial effects of having cancer and receiving treatment.

The Survivorship Program enables survivors to take an active role in their renewed health and teaches them how to educate their family members and healthcare team about their needs.

Attendees at a Survivorship symposium

Events and Education

We host events and lectures throughout the year for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, friends, family and health care professionals.

A group of scientific books

Working with experts in survivorship, we created a list of resources with detailed information about the unique health issues cancer survivors face.

Support at the Survivorship Clinic

We offer a Survivorship Clinic at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to help survivors understand their cancer diagnosis and treatment, address the chronic effects of cancer and its therapy, provide monitoring recommendations to allow for early identification of treatment-related sequelae and promote health-protective behaviors.

Survivorship Program Staff

Scott Baker, M.D.

Dr. Baker joined the Survivorship Program as director in February of 2009. He works with pediatric bone marrow transplant patients and also leads the pediatric survivorship program at Seattle Children’s.

Joli Bartell, B.S.

Ms. Bartell is the project coordinator for outreach activities and events for the Survivorship Program.

Debra Loacker, R.N.

Ms. Loacker joined the Survivorship Program in March of 2009. She creates the patient treatment summaries and supports the nurse practitioners by providing lab and test results.

Emily Jo Rajotte, M.P.H.

Ms. Rajotte began her work with the Center in 2005. As Program Administrator, her work includes writing grant applications, launching new clinical services and collaborating with other organizations.

Karen Syrjala, Ph.D.

Dr. Syrjala is the founding co-director the Survivorship Program. She helps coordinate the use of survivorship research findings to help patients and physicians monitor and minimize cancer’s late- and long-term effects.

Leslie Heron, A.R.N.P.

Ms. Heron is a nurse practitioner, assisting cancer survivors as they transition from oncology to primary care.

Research

Our research examines and addresses the long- and short-term physical, psychological, social and economic effects of cancer and its treatment, from studying the long-term cardiovascular effects of cancer treatment to examining the factors that determine emotional adjustment and quality of life.

As part of our research program, all patients entering survivorship care complete survivorship questionnaires about their physical, emotional and medical experiences. We use these surveys to determine eligible survivors and invite them to participate in research projects.

LIVESTRONG at The YMCA

Since 2008, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has been a safe, comfortable place for participants to build companionship with others affected by cancer and share stories and inspiration.

During the 12-week program, participants meet twice a week for 90 minutes. They use traditional exercise methods to ease back into fitness and help maintain a healthy weight. Topics include:

  • Building muscle mass and strength
  • Increasing flexibility and endurance
  • Improving confidence and self-esteem

Participants also learn about wellness, stress reduction techniques and how to continue healthful habits after the program has ended. 

Resources

National Cancer Care Resources

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American Cancer Society
Source for news, information, and support.

Cancer Care
The oldest and largest nonprofit agency offering cancer support and information.

Cancer Hope Network
One-on-one patient and family support.

Cancervive
Support, education, and advocacy information.

LIVESTRONG Foundation
Cancer awareness, education, and support.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Research, education and patient services for all blood cancers.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Free resources and materials for all cancer types.

National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship
Advocating for quality cancer care and empowering survivors.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Health information and resources.

Mesothelioma Guide
Education and support for Mesothelioma survivors.

Washington State Cancer Care Resources

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Cancer Lifeline
Programs, support groups, classes, activities and presentations aimed at optimizing the quality of life for cancer patients and cancer survivors and their families, friends, co-workers and caregivers.

Crisis Line of Seattle
206.461.3222

Cancer Pathways
Free support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, home-like setting.

Team Survivor Northwest
A broad range of fitness and health education programs to enable women cancer survivors, in any stage of treatment or recovery and at any fitness level.

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
800.562.6900
Free assistance and education to consumers regarding insurance questions, including the authority to investigate formal complaints against insurers and agents, and enforce insurance law.

Contact the Survivorship Program

Mailing Address

Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
PO Box 19024, Mail stop LF-268
Seattle, WA 98109

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

To schedule a clinic appointment, call 206.606.6100 and ask to schedule with the Survivorship Clinic.