The Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick announced Thursday that it has joined the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Network as an affiliate.
That means the center -- which provides radiation oncology services as well as support, outreach and education -- will be able to offer patients the chance to take part in clinical trials through the alliance without having to travel to Seattle. The new arrangement also will bring opportunities for education programs and training and the cancer center's physicians will be able to talk with alliance doctors about patient care, according to information from the cancer center.
"We truly believe that this will empower us to offer greater access to care while providing world-class cancer treatment for all," said Chuck DeGooyer, cancer center CEO, in a news release.
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a partnership of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital. It has eight other network affiliates in the greater Northwest, including Columbia Basin Hematology & Oncology, which shares the Tri-Cities Cancer Center's campus on West Deschutes Avenue. The two facilities will be able to partner to offer joint radiation and medical oncology trials.
Northwest Cancer Clinic, across from the cancer center on West Deschutes, has a partnership with Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and also offers its patients the chance to participate in numerous clinical trials.