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Cancer survivorship program offers telehealth

December 26, 2017
Telesurvivorship is a Swedish service that makes it possible for patients who have completed their cancer treatment to have a comprehensive, face-to-face visit with an experienced nurse practitioner. A virtual visit with the nurse practitioner from the Cancer Survivorship Program is available to those who have completed their treatment for cancer.

After breast cancer: what's next

December 26, 2017
Life after cancer treatment often can bring on worry and anxiety over how to move forward. You may feel like your safety net is gone because you are not seeing your cancer team as often. Fear and anxiety are normal emotions but sometimes they are overwhelming and can keep you from finding wholeness and healing. During this phase you may have questions about fatigue, pain, medications and concerns about finding “the new normal.”

Counselors are now available

December 26, 2017
The Swedish Cancer Institute is pleased to announce that there are now three counselors available to patients, couples and families. These services are provided at no cost to participants and are available at our Edmonds, Ballard and First Hill campuses.

Researching cancer online

December 26, 2017
When a friend, family member or someone you care for has been diagnosed with cancer it can be a very emotional time. While your provider will probably supply you with or direct you toward resources, you may want to go out and find information on your own. With technological advances, a very common way to find information is via the internet.

Navigating disability benefits

December 26, 2017
The decision to step away from work while undergoing cancer treatment can be daunting. Most employers are required to follow disability laws. However, that doesn’t always offer the level of flexibility everyone needs to continue working while undergoing treatment. If you have reached the point where you want to stop working, but are scared about what that will mean, it is important to know what resources can help you.

Alcohol and cancer risk

November 22, 2017


Martha A. Clay, ARNP, weighs in on statement released by The American Society of Clinical Oncology that alcohol drinking is an established risk factor for several malignancies.

Meet our newest service puppy in training

November 13, 2017

Boston terrier Duke preps to bring joy to cancer patients.

Hidden scar procedures provide psychological benefits to breast cancer patients

October 17, 2017

Interview with Patricia Dawson, MD, PhD, Medical Director of the Breast Program at the Swedish Cancer Institute and True Family Women’s Cancer Center (TFWCC), expert in Hidden Scar Procedures and recent recipient of the 2017 Seattle Met Top Doctor Award, on the emotional effects of breast cancer and how advancements in technique may help alleviate the anxiety many patients feel during and after treatment.

Swedish Cancer Institute proudly co-sponsors Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference

September 05, 2017

Dr. Erin Ellis offers her firsthand reason behind proudly participating in this year’s Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference.

SCI patient spotlight: Tina Vitolo-Kester, "Relationships matter"

August 30, 2017


When Tina Vitolo-Kester received a breast cancer diagnosis in 2016, she wanted her treatment to move fast and so it did. During the time in which she had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, other health problems emerged that were unforeseen. She had a heart attack during a procedure. Shocked to find herself in the Intensive Care Unit, she was concerned that this turn of events would set her treatment plan back. Things got back on track as soon as possible. As treatment and healing took top priority, Tina’s employer was unable to wait for her return and dismissed her from her job.

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