Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

SeattleCancerCareAlliance.jpgPatients dealing with cancer often need help with the emotional and psychological part of treatment and recovery, but only about a quarter receive effective treatment. Nonexistent or ineffective treatment can result in a lower quality of life including experiences of anxiety, depression, pain, fatigue, insomnia and most alarmingly, an increased risk of suicide.
At the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), faculty from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences provide mental health services to cancer patients through the Psychiatry & Psychology Service. Our goal is to help people move through their treatment as smoothly as possible so they can get back to doing the things they really want to do.
What truly sets mental health care at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance apart is a team of experts that integrates state-of-the-art psychosocial care into a patient’s usual oncology care. Our unique Integrated Psychosocial Oncology Program uses a collaborative care approach that brings mental health care into the cancer care setting, allowing us to provide the most comprehensive and compassionate care possible for the whole patient – body, mind, and spirit. Our program decreases the fragmentation of oncology support services and increases patient satisfaction and outcomes; it is one of the few programs in the country that follows the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to include integrated psychosocial services in cancer care.
Services range from a one-time consultation to ongoing psychiatric care that may include eventual referral to other community resources. The Psychosocial Oncology Care Team is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Please refer to the Transforming Cancer Care brochure for additional details and information. You may also contact Dr. Jesse Fann, Director of the Psychiatry and Psychology Service and the Integrated Psychosocial Oncology Program, at fann@uw.edu or 206-288-1030.

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