To be successful, cancer treatment must be accessible. In some cases, that means ensuring patients have housing throughout their care. We have two patient houses, which provide housing for patients who struggle to afford it while undergoing cancer treatment or are from out of town and need to live close to campus while undergoing treatment.
In other cases, accessibility means helping patients navigate the complexities of treatment. To ensure patients feel cared for throughout their journey, we are working to expand our patient navigation program, which provides our patients with culturally concordant and multilingual health education, reminders, support and accompaniment that serve our diverse population.
There’s more to cancer treatment than simply attempting to eradicate a tumor. Integrative medicine works to address issues that conventional medicine can’t. From wellness practices such as rehabilitative and pain-mitigating therapies to mindfulness-based stress reduction and dietary assistance, we offer patients a holistic approach to treatment that addresses negative effects of their cancer or treatment.
For most patients, undergoing cancer treatment is one of — if not the most — challenging and stressful experiences of their life. We’re committed to strengthening and expanding the services we provide to lessen that emotional, physical and psychological burden.
Our researchers, particularly at the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR), are examining how supportive care — from programs that address variation and disparities in care to options for reducing the financial burden for patients and their family — can improve outcomes. Their findings, published annually in the Community Cancer Care Report, are already informing strategies for reducing that burden and improving quality while controlling costs.
While this body of research is growing, there is much more to do and funding from federal sources like the National Institutes of Health is limited. We are working to build a robust program of research into the effectiveness and implementation of integrative therapies that manage or eliminate the adverse physical and psychological effects of cancer and cancer treatment.