Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
For nearly four decades, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has played a key role is discovering new ways to prevent and fight breast cancer. Instituting a formal research program in 1995, the center fosters interdisciplinary research among a nationally recognized faculty. One such faculty member, Dr. Nicole Urban, has led a multi-institutional project aimed at developing a blood test that can be used to detect aggressive forms of breast cancer that can go unidentified by traditional mammography. In addition to its groundbreaking work in detection and treatment of breast cancer, the Hutchinson Center is also home to the country's oldest cancer prevention program, which has contributed important information in understanding how diet, exercise and other factors reduce the risk of acquiring the disease.In 1998, the Hutchinson Center joined UW Medicine and Seattle Children's to form the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), one of the leading cancer centers in the United States. The SCCA provides clinical care to patients of the three partner organizations.
"Thanks to funding from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) has been able to reach women in our Pacific Northwest community who might not otherwise have access to early screening and detection of breast cancer, which are key elements to improving the chances of cure of this disease. Since we launched our Mobile Mammography Program in 2008, the SCCA MammoVan has performed nearly 10,000 mammograms - including 800 sponsored mammograms for uninsured women. Your support has helped make this possible."
Fred Appelbaum, M.D., President of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
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