Treating the Whole You

If you have cancer, treating the disease itself is only part of the solution. Chances are, you also have emotional, social and other concerns on your mind.

At the Cancer Center at Overlake, we realize that effective cancer care means treating the whole person. So we offer an array of services that focus on all aspects of you.

From diagnosis and treatment through recovery, you can count on comprehensive cancer care designed with you and your family in mind. And it's all available in a warm, relaxing environment that feels nothing like the typical hospital.

Your Health is a Team Effort

The Cancer Center is home to doctors who specialize in areas such as radiology, pathology, surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology. Our team also includes a variety of other professionals, such as: 

  • Nurses with cancer-focused training and experience
  • The only full-time genetic counselor on the Eastside
  • An expert in naturopathic medicine
  • Certified dietary specialists
  • Rehabilitation therapists trained to work with cancer
  • Social workers who guide patients and families through the treatment process
  • Financial counselors who help patients and their families understand and manage healthcare-related costs

While our team has wide-ranging expertise, that's not what sets the Cancer Center apart. Rather, it's the way everyone works together to care for you. Our specialists regularly meet to review patient cases, a team approach that ensures your health is explored from all possible angles. An approach that promotes healing and puts your mind at ease.

Investing in Your Care

To respond to the growing demand for integrated and coordinated cancer care, Overlake has launched a $20 million project to create the most comprehensive and advanced cancer center for the Eastside. As the first phase of project futureCare, our new outpatient Cancer Center and Breast Health Center will provide the very best in prevention, diagnostic, treatment and support services in a truly patient-centric model of care.

Overlake has provided the Eastside with cancer care that is second-to-none.  With clinical expertise in virtually all forms of cancer, some of the most technologically advanced diagnostic and treatment capabilities in the region, rigorous quality standards and a comprehensive line of services, the cancer program at Overlake has been providing our community top-tier cancer care for almost 40 years.

Our dedication to patients, family and community is confirmed every day by our physicians and clinical staff who envelop our patients as family, offering emotional support and guidance throughout one of life’s most challenging experiences. Overlake’s dedication to the community we serve is also evident in our drive to provide the most advanced treatment options available, utilizing cutting-edge technology and access to clinical trials.

Putting You at the Center

The way we treat cancer has changed over the years. The fragmented approach that focused on each separate provider has given way to one that considers the whole care experience from the patient’s perspective. This transformation means more seamless, coordinated care, with providers working as multidisciplinary teams in sync with patients and families. It opens a wider range of options combining traditional medicine with complementary and supportive services, such as naturopathic medicine, massage, acupuncture, nutrition and dietary support, physical therapy, emotional and spiritual care and survivorship support. 

Our new state-of-the-art Cancer Center and Breast Health Center facility, located in the Overlake Medical Office Tower, has been designed to be a “one-stop-shop” for patients and families, with care surrounding the patient, eliminating the need for patient to coordinate their care across multiple specialties and services, often in separate locations.  Designed by our patients, providers and staff, the new center was designed to provide flexible and adaptable space for our patients and families to benefit from personalized, coordinated care and experience the healing benefits of warm, welcoming surroundings. 

A Unanimous Seal of Approval

Overlake is the region's only hospital to be fully accredited by all three governing bodies for cancer care: the American College of Surgeons-Commission on Cancer (CoC); the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC); and the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). What does this mean for our patients? You'll have access to the full scope of services required to diagnose, treat and support you during your cancer journey.

Convenient Cancer Care on the Eastside

The Cancer Center offers patients today's most advanced cancer treatment programs:

Access to the Treatments of Tomorrow

Overlake hosts a number of clinical trials in collaboration with other prestigious institutions, such as the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. As a patient here, you may have the opportunity to take part in clinical trials aimed at improving quality of life and/or outcomes for cancer patients. Our clinical trials coordinator can help determine your eligibility.

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Please note: this is a hospital-based clinic and if you are treated here you will receive a bill from Overlake Medical Center.

Your Cancer Care Team

Overlake provides easy access to expert cancer care for residents in and around the Eastside. Accredited by the American College of Surgeons since 1974, the Cancer Center at Overlake combines excellent clinical care along with a nurturing patient experience.

Compassionate care that focuses on "whole-person" health is fundamental to healing and central to our mission and care-giving practices.

At Overlake you receive comprehensive care from a team of cancer specialists. We treat you according to your individual and special needs. Your team may include:

  • Physicians specializing in radiology, pathology, surgery, medical and radiation oncology.
  • Nurses who have had special training and experience in cancer care.
  • A pharmacist expert in cancer medications.
  • A registered dietitian who understands the special needs of patients undergoing cancer treatments.
  • Social workers/patient navigators who counsel and advocate for you and your family members and can help you make arrangements for care after you leave the hospital.
  • An inpatient palliative care team that can help with pain and physical symptom management if you are hospitalized at any point during your cancer treatment.
  • A chaplaincy team.
  • Physical and occupational therapists who can help you with tips and techniques to conserve energy and to regain strength.
  • Radiation therapy physicists, therapists and dosimetrists who participate in the planning, quality assurance and delivery of treatments.

The team works closely to provide a comprehensive plan of care for your entire stay. As cancer care specialists, the Lang Oncology Unit staff understands the emotional factors of a cancer diagnosis. They realize that caring for the patient means helping the family, too. The Lang Oncology Unit is devoted to providing knowledgeable and compassionate care for patients during diagnosis, treatment, survivorship or end-of-life experiences.

Our Physicians

Whether you are looking for a primary care physician or one specializing in cancer, Overlake has many highly-skilled, caring physicians available to work with you. Your choice of physicians is a very important one, as he or she will be with you through potentially difficult decisions and situations. It is important to find someone that you are comfortable with.

Oncology Social Workers as Patient Navigators

Putting the Person in Personalized Care

From diagnosis to survivorship, our oncology social workers are here for you. We get you connected as soon as you're diagnosed with cancer. Providing guidance and support, your oncology social worker is a key advocate on your cancer care team.

Your Partner in Navigating Care

We don't think you should have to coordinate appointments with specialists and services in several places. Our social workers do that for you, so that you can focus on getting better. Because that's just better care. 

Services Include:

  • Identifying and linking you to services to meet your specific needs
  • Providing information and education
  • Addressing any potential barriers to your care
  • Advocating for you with your care team
  • Supporting you and your family through the emotional aspects of cancer

We're Just a Phone Call Away

Reach out to us. We're here for you.

Amy Kyi, 425.688.5586
Abby McNeil, 425.467.3809
Diana Partida, 425.637.3258

Email: Oncologysocialworker@overlakehospital.org

A fully Accredited Cancer Center 

Cancer Center Accreditation

Ensuring our community has access to the full scope of services to diagnose, treat and support patients with cancer and their families is our mission. Maintaining our accreditation follows naturally.

The Cancer Center at Overlake is fully accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). To maintain accreditation, we ensure that our patients have access to the full scope of services required to diagnose, treat and support patients with cancer and their families.

Review our 2015 cancer center outreach summary (pdf)

Elements for Approved Cancer Programs

The five elements of commission approved cancer programs are:

  • The clinical services provide state-of-the-art pre-treatment evaluation, staffing, treatment and clinical follow-up for cancer patients.

  • The cancer committee leads the program through goal setting, activity monitoring and patient outcomes and improvements.

  • The cancer conferences provide a forum for patient consultation and physician teaching.

  • The quality improvement program is the mechanism for evaluating and improving patient care.

  • The cancer registry and database is the basis for monitoring the quality of care.

Approval by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and a review of its performance. Of the 36 CoC-approved facilities in Washington state, only 27 percent received a Three-Year with Commendation award.

Elements for Approved Cancer Programs

The Cancer Program at Overlake exceeded the standards in seven out of nine possible areas of commendation - ranging from prevention and early detection programs to cancer outcomes analyses.

Additionally, the Breast Health Program at Overlake Medical Center is the first in the greater Seattle area to receive a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The program met 23 of 23 criteria with no deficits.

If you would like to contribute to the Cancer Wellness Center at Overlake, contact the Foundation, or donate online.

Treatment Programs

Our specialists focus their expertise on specific types of cancers and they take an interdisciplinary approach to provide coordinated care for you or your loved one.

Depending on your diagnosis, treatment options may include systemic therapy such as chemotherapy, immune therapy, targeted small molecules or hormonal therapy. It may also include localized treatment such as surgical resection and/or radiation therapy. Promising investigational approaches may be recommended if appropriate.

To ensure you receive the best course of treatment at Overlake, our oncology specialists conduct weekly conferences to review patients’ status, gaining insight, ideas and recommendations from a diverse team of professionals. If appropriate, your physician will work with experts in acupuncture, naturopathy and other complementary therapies to augment your care.

Breast Cancer Program

From diagnosis through treatment, Overlake's Breast Cancer Program provides coordinated, comprehensive care for breast cancer patients.

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Colorectal Cancer Program

Overlake provides the most up-to-date and technologically advanced methods in the treatment of colorectal cancer.

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Lung Cancer Program

Overlake's unique program is distinguished by state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities, leading-edge treatments, and a skilled, interdisciplinary staff.

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Prostate Cancer Program

Overlake's Prostate Cancer Program offers comprehensive care for prostate cancer patients before, during and after treatment. 

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New State-of-the-Art Cancer Center In Development

Overlake’s new, fully integrated Cancer Center will offer seamless, coordinated, patient-centered care in a beautiful light-filled Center slated to open in 2017.

The community has contributed half the cost of this innovative, world-class facility.

Each gift counts. See how you can support the Cancer Center >

Creating a new Cancer Center for the Eastside community

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Overlake Ranks Highest in Patient Satisfaction

Overlake Medical Center has the highest patient satisfaction in the state and is in the top percentile in the nation for the way our physicians communicate with their patients. We perform above the state and national average for patient satisfaction with pain control, providing discharge information about home recovery and the percentage of patients that report they would recommend Overlake to friends and family. 

Read more about our scores and compare them to nearby hospitals

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Cancer Screening Guidelines

Cancer Screening Guidelines

Many lives can be saved by early detection and diagnosis.

The American Cancer Society sets forth the following guidelines for cancer-related checkups. A general cancer related checkup is recommended every three years for people ages 20 to 39 and annually for people 40 and older.

The checkup should include:

  • Examinations for cancers of the thyroid, testicles, ovaries, lymph nodes, oral cavity and skin
  • Health counseling about tobacco, sun exposure, diet and nutrition, risk factors, sexual practices and environmental and occupational exposures

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Women ages 20-39:

  • Perform a breast self-exam each month. Have a clinical breast exam by a healthcare professional every three years.
  • Special considerations for starting mammograms depend on other factors like family history. If you have any questions on when you should start screening mammograms, please speak with your doctor.

Women age 40 and over:

  • Have a mammogram every year. Have a clinical breast exam by a healthcare professional every year close to, and preferably before, the mammogram. Perform a breast self-exam each month.

Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer

Women ages 18 and older:

Get a Pap test annually. If results are normal three years in a row, your healthcare professional will tell you how often to have them.

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Fecal occult blood test every year and flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years. A digital rectal exam should be done at the same time as these exams. Colonoscopy every 10 years. Double-contrast barium enema every five to 10 years.

Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

For women with or at high risk for hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer, annual screening should be offered for endometrial cancer with endometrial biopsy beginning at age 35. At the time of menopause, women are strongly encouraged to report any unexpected bleeding or spotting to their physicians.

Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer

Examine your skin regularly and have a skin exam during your regular health checkups.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

At age 50:

Talk with your healthcare professional about beginning prostate-specific (PSA) blood testing and digital rectal exams (DRE) of the prostate gland. Factors to consider include your overall health and life expectancy.

Some men at higher risk should begin testing at age 45. High risk categories include African-American men and men who have a first-degree relative who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at a young age.

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