PeaceHealth United General Medical Center makes strides in oncology treatment

March 3, 2016

PeaceHealth United General Medical Center is growing its oncology services, offering a broader array of specialty treatment closer to home for those in the Sedro-Woolley community. The medical center’s North Puget Cancer Center (NPCC) offers stereotactic therapy — precise targeting of fewer high dose treatments that traditional therapy — for lung, liver and adrenal tumors, as well as respiratory gated therapy, which enables physicians to treat moving targets and avoid interfering with the heart when treating patients suffering from left-sided breast cancer. United General is accredited by the American College of Radiology, and the hospital radiation department is the only one north of Everett to have voluntarily undergone the rigorous process.

Further, staff from Northwest Washington Radiation Oncology are now serving patients on site at the medical center full time, Monday through Friday, with 24-hour on-call coverage, and the medical center is bringing in oncologist Dr. Binay Shah, who will begin seeing patients this month.

“NPCC has a 40-year history of providing medical and radiation oncology care in Skagit County,” said Chris Johnson, PharmD, the medical center’s administrator. “The additions of NW Radiation Oncology Associates and Dr. Shah with a focus on the most current therapy options allows NPCC to continue to provide state-of-the-art treatment close to home in our community.”

The commitment to offering diverse, high-quality services across the state is just one of the many things Washington hospitals and health systems can be proud of. Click here to learn more about PeaceHealth United General Medical Center’s North Puget Cancer Center. (Tim Pfarr)


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