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Swedish Cancer Institute

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. 

To learn more about the funds available to support, please scroll down.

Center for Lung Research

Since opening in 2016, Swedish’s Center for Lung Research (CFLR) has served as a regional hub for research and education on lung health. In addition to fueling innovative research on lung disorders, your gift allows us to develop tomorrow’s top clinicians and researchers in the field.

Kaplan Research Fund
Last year, Swedish supporters donated more than $1.1 million to support cancer research at Swedish. Thank you!
Today, research plays an increasingly stronger role in making our vision to provide the best possible care to our patients, and to enhance cancer treatment through research and innovation a reality. The Kaplan Cancer Research Fund is led by renowned physician, Dr. Henry "Hank" Kaplan, who works to provide patients access to the newest, most promising research-based therapies to treat their cancer.
Another 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.
Multiple Myeloma Research – Swedish Center for Blood Disorders and Stem Cell Transplantation

Over the past two years, SCI has doubled down on our focus on blood disorders by opening the Center for Blood Disorders and Stem Cell Transplantation. The new center has quickly become a regional leader in multiple myeloma research and treatment, with its strategic vision to expand our research and clinical trial program to offer patients the latest treatments and advance the work to increase remission rates.

Palliative Care and Symptom Management Clinic
A common misconception of palliative care is that it’s reserved for people who are nearing the end of their life. But palliative care can be beneficial for patients who are at any stage of their chronic illness. In fact, patients who receive palliative care often have shorter hospital stays, are more likely to complete their treatments and experience a better quality of life.
At the Swedish Palliative Care and Symptom Management Clinic at Swedish First Hill, our centralized team of physicians, nurses, social workers and specialists develop custom care plans to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients who are seriously ill.
With investments from caring members of our community—like you—we can bring integrated, personalized palliative care to every patient with cancer, regardless of where they’re treated at Swedish. Your generosity can also help us grow our team’s expertise by educating them in the latest advancements in the field—ensuring our patients always have access to the best possible care.
Patient Assistance: Lending a helping hand during cancer care

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. 

Personalized Medicine

At SCI, one of our chief goals is to drive advances in cancer treatment through research and innovation. Thanks to the philanthropic support of our community, we’re leading exciting studies and clinical trials to take cancer care to new heights.

Donations from our community also helped us open the Robert and Jean Reid Family Innovative Therapeutics & Research Unit (ITU). This state-of-the-art facility gives 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). 

Your gift to SCI makes this kind of innovative research that results in extraordinary cancer care possible at Swedish.

Scientific Wellness for Breast Cancer Survivors

One of our latest studies is exploring how a woman’s personal biology can cause challenging side effects related to her breast cancer treatment. While advances in breast cancer detection and care are helping more women survive, the aggressiveness of treatment can lead to issues such as chronic pain, early menopause and depression.

To tackle this issue, we’re working with our partner, Institute for Systems Biology, on an innovative study call Scientific Wellness for Breast Cancer Survivors. 

Funded entirely by donations, the study could help us develop better treatments with fewer side effects.

Contact Us

To learn more about how you can support the Swedish Cancer Institute, please contact:

Jeffrey Walker
Senior Director of Philanthropy