At the Swedish Cancer Institute, we believe in personalized medicine. We combine the newest, most advanced science with extraordinary medicine and patient-focused care in order to customize each cancer patient’s treatment. Our approach ensures that our patients are on the best treatment pathway right from the start.
Using Gene Sequencing to Help Fight Cancer
Not all cancers are alike. Just as your “genetic fingerprint” determines the color of your hair and eyes, a tumor’s “genomic fingerprint” defines the cancer cells.
Identifying a tumor’s genomic fingerprint is called gene sequencing. This science is helping patients fight cancer.
In the past, patients with the same type of cancer usually received the same type of treatment. For example, if you had stage IV colon cancer, you probably received similar initial chemotherapy as every other patient with stage IV colon cancer.
Today, gene sequencing allows cancer specialists at Swedish to identify gene abnormalities in many different types of cancer cells and then personalize cancer treatments for those specific abnormalities — no matter where the cells or tumors are located. This information, along with the expertise, technology and wide variety of cancer treatments that are available at Swedish, allows our cancer specialists to create the customized treatment plans that will work best for their patients.
Personalized medicine is the most comprehensive, effective and efficient approach to cancer care.
Exceptional Medicine and Expertise
The Swedish Cancer Institute has been an innovator in cancer treatment ever since it began in 1932. Every member of our highly skilled team of specialists has access to the most up-to-date technologies to help them diagnose and treat cancer. Some of these specialists have even been instrumental in developing screening tests, technologies and therapies that are now helping cancer patients around the world.
This kind of innovation has brought many patients to Swedish for treatment. In fact, our cancer team has cared for more patients than any other cancer-care facility in the Northwest.
Making Cancer Care Personal
Cancer is personal, so we make sure everything at the Swedish Cancer Institute is personal, too. It begins with your cancer-care team. Each patient has a team of cancer specialists that is created based on his or her particular needs. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, physical therapists, technicians and other caregivers work together to coordinate care before, during and after treatment. This approach taps into the expertise and experience of each team member. Together they have one goal: provide extraordinary care to every patient.
Treating the Whole Person
Cancer patients are parents, spouses, partners, brothers and sisters, caregivers, employees and children. How the disease affects patients will depend on their family or work responsibilities, their social interests and activities — even their hobbies and their outlook on life.
Personalized medicine at the Swedish Cancer Institute means we harness every tool to focus our clinical expertise on our patients’ disease. It also means that we also focus on the whole person — not just the disease.
We provide an environment, resources and support that attend to our patients’ physical needs and also to their psychological, social and nonphysical needs. And because we know that our patients developed many important personal relationships long before their battle with cancer began, we also offer educational and supportive services that are designed specifically for our patients’ families and caregivers.
We call this aspect of personalized medicine supportive care services because they provide nurturing support. These services are critical to patients throughout their cancer management — from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
That is personalized medicine at the Swedish Cancer Institute. We fight cancer using every available tool — from the rapidly developing science of gene sequencing to innovative treatments and therapies, and the compassionate caring and support our patients and their loved ones deserve.
At the Swedish Cancer Institute, personalized medicine is
extraordinary care — extraordinary caring.
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Genetics is the study of genes and how they determine the traits you inherit from your relatives, such as your physical characteristics. Genes are part of your DNA.
Genomics is the study of chromosomes and DNA and how they make cells change, grow and relate to other cells. Chromosomes and DNA are the building blocks of your cells.
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