Franciscan Cancer Center offers South Puget Sound patients complete inpatient and outpatient oncology care at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, the Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Center at the Milgard Medical Pavilion at St. Anthony in Gig Harbor, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. An outpatient treatment center will open in Bonney Lake in 2013.
What makes us unique
Franciscan Cancer Center is the best place to receive cancer care, and here’s why:
The service is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). This accreditation assures that our team follows the highest standards for quality cancer care and tracks outcomes in patient care and survival, compared to other cancer programs locally and throughout the United States.
Franciscan Cancer Center provides a multidisciplinary team approach including a specialized oncology team of doctors, nurses and other essential providers such as pharmacists, dietitians, navigators, social workers and others, all with specialized education, expertise and dedication to the care of cancer patients.
For more than 100 years, the Franciscan has been guided by a mission to be a healing influence in our communities. This translates into care of the whole person – body, mind and spirit - and through outreach and work in the community to provide equitable and excellent cancer care to all, regardless of their ability to pay.
The Franciscan Community Cancer Program publishes an annual report that contains a comprehensive review of the organization's services and an in-depth review of cancer survival.
Annual Report 2007
Annual Report 2008
Annual Report 2009
Multi-disciplinary team cancer care
We believe that the most successful patient-centered care comes from using a multi-disciplinary team approach; an approach that Franciscan Cancer Care has utilized for over 20 years. Our oncology team, including many different specialists, who collectively have over 300 years of combined services and expertise in the care of cancer patients.
Our multi-disciplinary team includes:
- Specialized oncology certified nurses
- Nursing assistants
- Oncology social workers
- Oncology care managers
- Oncology certified dietitians
- Oncology chaplains
- Oncology pharmacists
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Lymphedema specialists
- RN nurse navigators
- Oncology clinical supervisors
- Radiation technicians
- Oncology support group facilitators
- Tumor registry specialists
- Community cancer program staff
- End-of-life care providers
- Palliative care specialists
- Hospice specialists
- American Cancer Society patient navigators