Why Choose Cancer Care at Group Health Medical Centers
Group Health cancer specialists combine the latest medical knowledge and technology with compassion and support, providing care that centers on our patients.
Group Health physicians make decisions with their patients, instead of for them. Our doctors don't have a financial interest to recommend one procedure over another. They focus on what's best for you.
"We're all committed to helping patients review their options to make the decisions that are right for them," says Dr. Eric Chen, Oncology/Hematology service line chief.
"As many as 20 staff members at Group Health Medical Centers may assist a single cancer patient. They range from surgeons and oncology pharmacists to social workers and mental health experts. What unites this diverse group is compassion."
Why Get Treatment at Group Health?
Cancer care is complex — from the type and stage of the cancer, treatment options, the range of providers, and a patient's preferences. Our care teams work together to coordinate your care, no matter what the procedure, visit, or test. You benefit by having a well-connected team and having most of the services you need provided in the same system of care.
Up to 20 staff members may be part of your cancer team including expert cancer specialists, nurses, and also pharmacists, nutritionists, and social workers trained to work with cancer patients.
Cancer patients and their care teams can become close as they go through diagnosis, treatment, and after-care. You want to trust the medical care, the teamwork, and how you connect to your care team.
Access to the Newest Technology and Medicine
Our diagnosis and treatment expertise includes the latest in imaging, radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. When appropriate, we refer our patients needing highly specialized care to the leading regional and national cancer centers, including the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), Seattle Children's hospital, Virginia Mason (Seattle), Overlake Medical Center (Bellevue), St. Joseph's Medical Center (Tacoma), St. Peter (Olympia), and Sacred Heart (Spokane).
We have been selected to be part of the SCCA network, so our medical oncologists have access to more treatment options. They include clinical trials within our own oncology clinics in Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia.
Prevention and Early Detection
Our cancer specialists work with our family doctors, with a relentless focus on prevention and early detection of cancer. Group Health sends letters and online reminders to make sure patients get all the screenings to catch any possible cancer early.