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Sharing Knowledge With Nursing Colleagues In China

As the Swedish Cancer Institute’s (SCI) Director of Quality and Clinical Practice, I  recently went to China to advocate for the nurses role in cancer supportive care and patient education.  Sponsored by Merck Oncology, I spoke at the Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV) Summit in Beijing to 200 providers from across China. 

As the only international oncology nurse on the agenda, I presented with other physicians and pharmacists about the importance of nurses on a multi-disciplinary team, the nurses role in quality of life for patients and the importance of nursing in symptom management.   

At the completion of the 2 day Summit, I went to 3 cancer hospitals in China including ...

New event for young adults diagnosed with cancer

Are you, or someone you know, a young adult cancer survivor? Thrive Through Cancer is hosting their first annual “Ports & Pints” expo for young adult cancer survivors on Saturday, May 2, 2015. This educational and interactive and event will be held at Hale’s Ales Brewery & Pub located between Fremont and Ballard in Seattle. This free half-day event will bring local resources together for educational seminars on nutrition, recreation, fertility, and for a career and finance discussion. Additionally, informational booths and presentations for young adult cancer survivors will be available for participants to learn more about community resources and get their questions answered.

Young adults between the ages of 18-40, experience different barriers when diagnosed with cancer than children and older adults. Whether you are going to college, expecting your first child, buying a house, or starting your career, a cancer diagnosis can be disruptive. Thrive Through Cancer works to support young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer by connecting them with age-appropriate resources and through educational events and networking opportunities to connect with one another. Their hope is to help young adults thrive through cancer.

Spring 2015 Classes: Registration Now Open

The Swedish Cancer Institute Cancer Education Center offers educational classes that are open to patients, caregivers, family and friends. Topics include gentle yoga, hair alternatives, music therapy, tai chi and more.

These classes are meant to be interactive, educational and offer you tools to assist and prepare you throughout your or your loved one’s journey. They may also help you, your family, friends and caregivers in making treatment decisions, managing your symptoms and accessing complementary programs to help your mind, body and spirit to heal.

Taking tobacco head on at Washington's capitol

On Wednesday, February 11, nearly 100 cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state traveled to the state Capitol in Olympia for the annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Day. This year’s event was dedicated to meeting with Washington’s lawmakers about the need to restore funding for the state’s tobacco use prevention and education program. Advocates also voiced their opposition to an effort that would amend our state’s strong, comprehensive smoke-free law to allow the smoke back inside at cigar lounges and tobacconist shops across our state.

Senator Andy Hill with Joelle Fathi and District 36 Constituents

In Washington, 38,180 people are diagnosed with cancer every year and each year, 12,700 ...

World Cancer Day 2015: Not Beyond Us

World Cancer Day is an initiative created to give the entire world an opportunity to fight against the cancer epidemic together.

Cancer is the uncontrollable growth and spread of cells.  The cancerous cells originate in one area and have the potential to invade surrounding tissue and can metastasize/spread to other sites through the blood and lymph system. There are different types of cancers such as carcinoma, sarcoma, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and the central nervous system. Avoiding common risk factors such as smoking can help reduce the risk of developing cancer.  Based on the time of diagnosis, cancer may be treated using surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

World Cancer Day occurs the 4th of every February. The primary goal is to significantly reduce the illness and death caused by cancer.  In order to prevent the loss of millions of lives, this initiative aims to raise awareness and education about cancer as well as motivating government entities and individuals to take a stance against the disease.

One patient's story on her experience with art therapy

Art will continue to play an important role in my staying healthy
– Mary Stevens-Zarich, art therapy participant & patient at the Swedish Cancer Institute


The Swedish Cancer Institute offers a variety of Supportive Care Services for patients, families, and caregivers to enhance and individualize your care. We want to meet your needs at every step along the way. One of the many services we offer is art therapy.


Our art therapist, Nicole Stiver, has been with us for 10 years in August. She has been described as sensitive, professional, present, and tactful by her patients and patients use a variety of art methods in her sessions.

Mary says, “For the past two years, a weekly session with Nicole Stiver has been central to my healing emotionally, and by extension, physically, from a difficult treatment and (statistically) grim prognosis. That experience was shattering, but it gave me the opportunity to become stronger and more alive by exploring the places that had limited my life up until then.”

Patients ...

Winter 2015 Classes: Registration Now Open

The Swedish Cancer Institute Cancer Education Center offers educational classes that are open to patients, caregivers, family, and friends. Our wide variety of classes include topics of things like chair yoga, hair alternatives, music therapy and more.

The classes we offer are meant to be interactive, educational, and offer you tools to assist and prepare throughout you or your loved one’s journey. These programs may also help you, your family, friends and caregivers in making treatment decisions, managing your symptoms, and accessing complementary programs to help your mind, body and spirit to heal.
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