Patient Support Services

Support the Whole Patient

Life with cancer isn’t just physically difficult, but also emotionally, psychologically and financially trying — for patients as well as their family. You can help provide the support they need to navigate those challenges and focus on their health.

More Than Just Treatment

Between treatment decisions, lifestyle disruptions, mounting medical bills and pervasive stress, life with cancer can be as distressing to a patient’s wellbeing as it is to their body.

In addition, people who lack reliable transportation, adequate health insurance coverage or community-based educational resources may be unable to access timely care or participate in clinical trials.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is committed to ensuring that financial, geographic or family circumstances don’t prevent anyone with a cancer diagnosis from getting the care they need. With our Integrative Medicine Program and a number of supportive services, we’re building a future where cancer care is not just medically effective but also supports the emotional, social and psychological aspects of the patient’s experience.

The Power of Supportive Care

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Expanding Access

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Improving Quality of Life

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Relying on Evidence

Expanding Access

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.

Your gift to supportive services helps patients focus on what’s most important: getting better.

Featured Researchers

Dr. Heather Greenlee

Dr. Heather Greenlee

Dr. Greenlee, the medical director of the Integrative Medicine Program at Fred Hutch, is a public health researcher and naturopathic physician who focuses on cancer prevention and control, cancer survivorship, obesity and cancer, and integrative medicine.

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Dr. Megan Shen

Dr. Megan Shen

Dr. Shen studies social psychological factors that affect advanced-care planning and designs communication tools and interventions that facilitate it, especially for Latinos and others who experience health care disparities.

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Dr. Veena Shankaran

Dr. Veena Shankaran

As co-director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, Dr. Shankaran researches the impact of cancer diagnosis and treatment on patients’ and caregivers’ finances and develops strategies to lessen this impact. 

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Dr. Eric Chow

Dr. Eric Chow

Dr. Chow is an expert in cancer survivorship. His goal is to help survivors of childhood cancer and blood stem cell transplantation live healthier lives by better preventing, detecting and treating late effects of cancer therapies.

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Last Modified, November 28, 2022