Six things you need to know when you receive a cancer diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis can be difficult news for a person to face but knowing exceptional oncology care is available in your community can provide you with much needed comfort. Jefferson Healthcare’s dedicated team of oncology experts provide quality patient-centered care and support service that allow you to receive excellent care while remaining close to the people you love and the place you call home.

1.       Nationally accredited care

The Jefferson Healthcare Oncology clinic is accredited nationally by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). CoC accreditation delivers value through improved patient outcomes across all domains of oncology care: access and service, satisfaction and well-being, quality of care, and cancer outcomes. CoC accredited cancer programs provide the best and latest in patient-centered cancer care.

2.       Local chemotherapy, infusion, and immunotherapy therapy

Chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and other infusion therapies can be a part of an oncology treatment plan. Traveling to and from treatments can be physically taxing, costly, and time consuming. The team of board-certified oncology physicians and oncology certified registered nurses provide comprehensive infusion therapies in a supportive and comfortable environment 7 days a week. Our Infusion center offers spacious private and semi-private rooms along with serene views of the Straits and the Bay and healthy meals served from our outstanding Café. We also offer counseling services and aromatherapy services available in your room during your visit.

3.       Clinical trials

Through a partnership with Western State NCORP in Denver, Colorado, Jefferson Healthcare provides access to clinical trials for qualifying patients. As cancer treatments change through clinical research and innovation, we have research coordinators dedicated to assuring our patients have knowledge of and access to current clinical trials. Our research coordinators assist with clinical trial enrollment and education.  Staying on top of innovation helps us provide best practices in our treatment plans and ensure our patients receive the highest possible level of quality care.

4.       Patient and family support services

The needs and challenges of coping with a cancer diagnosis are unique to each individual and circumstance. Our patient and family support services team is essential to providing patient-centered oncology care. Our highly skilled team of clinical social workers, patient navigators, and spiritual and bereavement specialists help build a comprehensive supportive care plan by assessing the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of our patients. The team works together with patients, families, and the oncology care team to build supportive care through connection to community resources, mental health services, support groups, one-on-one therapy, teletherapy and oncology-based couples and family therapy, and grief and bereavement services. The team also provides assistance with advanced care planning and advanced directives. Our commitment to providing patients and families direct access to support services reflects Jefferson Healthcare’s dedication to providing exceptional, comprehensive care to the community we serve.

5.       Surgical care

Early consultation with Dr. Meyerson, our plastic and reconstructive surgeon, is key after receiving a breast cancer or skin cancer diagnosis.  Early decisions can play a significant part in positive patient outcomes.  Skin cancer reconstruction for all areas of the body requires specialized techniques from skin grafting, local and regional flaps to biological regenerative therapies. Dr. Meyerson’s expertise can promote healing and minimize scarring.

6.       Robust collaborative treatment

Jefferson Healthcare works closely with other medical facilities, including Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Peninsula, in Poulsbo, for consultations, second-opinions, and referrals.  A comprehensive and personalized cancer treatment plan involves a network of dedicated providers, specialists, and medical facilities, working together to meet your health & wellness needs. From Primary Care physicians to oncologists, our team will coordinate care, beginning with diagnosis through treatment, recovery, and survivorship to reduce delays and barriers to accessing care.

Learning you have cancer can be overwhelming in many ways, but the support and care available to you locally at Jefferson Healthcare, means you will not have to manage your diagnosis alone.  The dedicated oncology professional at Jefferson Healthcare are committed to providing exceptional cancer care close to home.

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