Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Radiation Oncology Center Opens Today At Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

Original Release: 02/22/2011
Media Contact: Dean Forbes

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance announced today that it has opened a new radiation oncology center at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. The new service is located in Suite G-16 of the hospital’s Medical Office Building at 1560 N. 115th St. in Seattle.

SCCA Radiation Oncology at Northwest Hospital is designed for adult patients who need radiation therapy as part of their cancer treatment plan. Among other advanced equipment, the center features a new Elekta Synergy linear accelerator. It is the world’s first fully-digital radiation therapy treatment system with integrated 3-D imaging, enabling clinicians to see a tumor at the very moment of treatment. This results in more accurate targeting of radiation to treat the cancer, but spares more healthy tissue and reduces side effects. The facility also has a General Electric16-slice, wide bore CT scanner to assist in radiation therapy planning.

“Offering radiation oncology services at Northwest Hospital is a natural fit for SCCA,” said Norman Hubbard, SCCA executive vice president. “The hospital also is our partner in bringing the Pacific Northwest’s first proton therapy center, which is scheduled to open on the Northwest campus in 2013.”

Edward Kim, M.D, medical director of SCCA Radiation Oncology at Northwest Hospital and assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Washington, directs the new center. His practice includes general radiation oncology with a focus on gastrointestinal and breast malignancies and Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

“Radiation therapy typically requires daily treatments over several weeks. The radiation oncology clinic at Northwest Hospital will offer patients the ability to receive leading-edge radiotherapy close to home,” he said.

Patients also will have access to the full spectrum of radiotherapy services offered by SCCA and UW, including neutron therapy, high-dose-rate brachytherapy and Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Northwest Hospital is affiliated with UW Medicine, which is a co-owner of SCCA along with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s.

“It’s an extraordinary time of growth and expansion of cancer services at Northwest Hospital,” said Bill Schneider, Northwest Hospital CEO. “With the opening of the SCCA radiation oncology clinic at Northwest Hospital, we will be able to give our patients access to the world-class care and research expertise that SCCA provides, along with improved quality of life and better chances for long-term cancer survival. We’re also looking forward to having the region’s only proton therapy center on our campus, and to exploring other long-term partnership opportunities with SCCA.”

About Seattle Cancer Care Alliance – 10 Years, Thousands of Lives Saved
Every day, the goal of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors. SCCA unites the adult and pediatric cancer-care programs of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s. Together they comprise the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in six states, from Washington to the Dakotas. A major focus of SCCA is to speed the transfer of new diagnostic and treatment techniques from the research setting to the patient bedside. Patients receive the latest research-based cancer therapies as well as cutting-edge treatments. SCCA has three clinical-care sites: an outpatient clinic on the Hutchinson Center campus, a pediatric-inpatient unit at Children’s and an adult-inpatient unit at UW Medical Center. SCCA celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. For more information visit

About Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
About Northwest Hospital & Medical Center Founded in 1960, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit hospital located minutes north of downtown Seattle. With 281 licensed beds, more than 1,900 employees and all private rooms, it offers some of the most innovative, technologically advanced medical care available. Major clinical programs and services include: emergency services; critical care; cardiac care; neurosciences; stroke center; cancer care; childbirth services; bariatric surgery; sports medicine; medical rehabilitation; geropsychiatric center; Gamma Knife® Center; diagnostic imaging; laboratory services; sleep medicine; and education and wellness programs, among others. In 2010, Northwest Hospital joined the UW Medicine Health System. For more information about Northwest Hospital and its programs and services call 206.364.0500 or visit To find a physician, phone 206.668.4636 for the free Physician Referral Line.