Q & A

What is cancer?

The name Cancer encompasses many types and can set in to many different parts of our bodies. Cancer has a professional name in the medical field it’s called Malignancy; a malignancy is an abnormal growth of cells. There are more than 100 types of cancer, including skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, bone cancer, breast cancer, and lymphoma. Symptoms vary depending on the type. Cancer treatment may include radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and even some of the cutting edge treatments like Autologous Blood Stem-Cell Transplant and CAR T-Cell Therapy. There are new studies coming out all the time and with every study comes more hope to beat Cancer back. The June 29th of 2015 in WebMD Health News by Rita Rubin and reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy MD, MPH talks about how Immune Drugs show promise in the fight, these are drugs that help our bodies natural immune system fight back. So the good news is Cancer now has a shorter life span than it did even five years ago. Many say that in ten years we can totally beat Cancer.

Below are more questions.  Click on them to read more…

The person with cancer:

How do I tell my family and friends I have cancer?

When is the correct time to tell people?

How can my family and friends help me?

Was it hard to tell people?

Were you in denial?  How did you get past it?

For Family:

What changes can people expect to make at home?

What do you need to be strong for your family member?

What did you do to become more supportive?

What do people need to be ready for?

What was the worst part of telling your family?

How do you respond when someone you love has cancer?

Were you scared about not knowing what to say?

For Friends:

Were you able to talk to the person or was it hard if so why?

Can people ask questions?

How can people hurt?

How can people who care help?

We want to come visit but we have a cold, flu, feel sick?

How do support people with cancer?


Choosing the right hospital is one of the most important decisions you make in your cancer journey. You owe it to yourself and family to find the finest treatment available for the type of cancer you have. There are so many types of cancer and so many places you can go. Below you will find a list of top rated hospitals with a wealth of information that can help you in your research and questions. There is no order as to the quality of the hospital they are just listed here.


Issels Integrative Immuno-Oncology http://www.issels.com/newissels/

Washington State:

Arlington WA:

Skagit Regional Clinics http://www.skagitregionalhealth.org/

Cascade Skagit Health Alliance-Cancer Care http://www.cascadeskagithealth.org/

Bellingham WA:

Bellingham Regional Breast Center http://carykaufman.com/

Peace Health St. Joseph Cancer Center http://www.nwradiation.com/

Edmonds WA:

Swedish Edmonds Campus http://www.swedish.org/locations/edmonds-campus

Everett WA:

Providence Regional Cancer Partnership http://www.nwradiation.com/

Mt. Vernon WA

Regional Cancer Care-Mt Vernon http://www.skagitvalleyhospital.org/

Seattle WA:

Seattle Children’s http://www.seattlechildrens.org/

Cancer Treatment Centers of America http://www.cancercenter.com/

Swedish Cancer Institute http://www.swedish.org

Sedro Woolley WA:

North Puget Cancer Center (360) 856-7588

Spokane WA:

Cancer Care Northwest https://www.cancercarenorthwest.com/

ROCKWOOD http://rockwoodclinic.com/

Cancer Patient Care http://www.cancerpatientcare.org/

Providence Health Care http://washington.providence.org/shared/phc-landing/

Medical Oncology Associates, P.S. http://www.cancermdlink.com/

Tacoma WA:

MultiCare http://www.multicare.org/

Tacoma Valley Radiation Oncology Centers http://tacomaradiation.com/