Since opening in 1932, the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) has remained steadfast in our promise to provide patients with access to the latest treatments and the very highest standards in patient care. From being the first cancer center in the western United States to offer radiation as a treatment for cancer to today’s highly-sophisticated personalized medicine, our physicians consistently pursue new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Your gift to SCI helps ensure that patients who turn to us when they are most vulnerable have access to extraordinary cancer care.
SCI has one of the largest clinical research programs in the United States; however, limited space has hindered its growth, until now. Thanks to donations from our community, The Robert and Jean Reid Family Innovative Therapeutics & Research Unit (ITU) opened at SCI in March 2016, giving our patients’ unparalleled access to the latest clinical trials and research to help find the treatments that will be most effective with their cancer.
In addition to funding personalized medicine, donations help our physician researchers pursue research on new ways to detect, treat and prevent recurrence in breast cancers and improve how we treat hematological cancers (cancers that affect the blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes).
One example of research taking place at SCI is our work with our research group at Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) to study cancer stem cells in breast cancer. The team at SNI has been successful in growing stem cells that feed a particularly virulent and deadly form of brain tumor and testing these stem cells to see what kinds of therapies will work on them. The SCI research team will be collaborating with the SNI research team to study these same techniques in breast cancer patients.
Your gift to SCI makes this kind of innovative research that results in extraordinary cancer care possible at Swedish.
Life and living go on despite a cancer diagnosis; so do day-to-day expenses that are compounded by the added cost of paying for cancer treatment.
At SCI, we believe patients shouldn’t be forced to choose between paying for their lifesaving cancer treatment and putting a roof over their head. And thanks to donors, they don’t have to. When you support the Patient Financial Assistance program you help alleviate some of the financial stress patients face during weeks or months of treatment. Gifts can help patients with nonmedical expenses such as rent assistance, utilities, food and school supplies for their kids and new expenses for cancer–related items such as wigs or special equipment.