SEATTLE – (July 6, 2016) – Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is opening a new Immunotherapy Clinic at its South Lake Union campus in September. This expansion will allow cancer patients to seek not only the most advanced treatments for their disease, but also access investigational immunotherapy treatments, using T-cells, monoclonal antibodies, and gene therapy, in clinical trials that are available only at limited sites around the country. Also with this expansion comes 30+ new cutting-edge, health care job opportunities.
The term “immunotherapy” covers a wide variety of treatments that use the natural defensive abilities of the human immune system to fight diseases. It was used to treat Jimmy Carter’s melanoma and is a hot topic in the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Because cancer is capable of hiding from the immune system, the goal of immunotherapy is to wake up the immune system so that it recognizes cancer and attacks the disease—just as it does with most bacteria or viruses.
Immunotherapy has roots in Seattle, as the “Fred Hutch Bone Marrow Transplant Program at SCCA” pioneered the clinical use of bone marrow and stem cell transplantation for blood cancers more than 40 years ago, and the Seattle program has performed more than 14,000 bone marrow transplants – more than any other institution in the world.
With the opening of SCCA’s new immunotherapy clinic, more than 30 new jobs will be available starting in August, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physical therapists, and other clinical and administrative support positions. Applicants interested in learning more about these opportunities can visit www.seattlecca.org/careers or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance brings together the leading research teams and cancer specialists from Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s and UW Medicine – one extraordinary group whose sole purpose is the pursuit of better, longer, richer lives for our patients. Based in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, SCCA has six clinical care sites, including a medical oncology clinic at Evergreen Health in Kirkland, Washington; medical and radiation oncology clinics at UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital & Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, as well as Network affiliations with hospitals in five states. For more information about SCCA, visit seattlecca.org.