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We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be a life-altering event, with many questions about treatment and quality of life. At Virginia Mason, our Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Clinic is one of the leading programs for prostate cancer in the United States. Patients come from all over the Puget Sound region and beyond to receive care from our team of board-certified physicians, nurses and caregivers with special interests in the diagnosis, treatment and research of prostate cancer.

 

Patients initially talk with our cancer coordinator who helps manage appointments and answer questions about prostate cancer treatment and frequently asked questions about the medical center. Find more information about prostate cancer care at Virginia Mason:

 

Prostate Cancer Care at Virginia Mason

Virginia Mason's Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Clinic is one of the leading programs for prostate cancer in the United States and is the only comprehensive prostate cancer clinic of its kind in Washington state. This means patients receive care from an interdisciplinary group of specialists that include surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, sexual dysfunction specialists, nurses, nutritionists, dietitians, physical therapists, social workers, genetic specialists, research staff and others, all working together to determine the best approach to treatment.

 

Some of our best practices for patients include:

  • Dedicated prostate cancer surgeons
    Our urologists - John Corman, MD, Paul Kozlowski, MD, and Christopher Porter, MD - specialize in prostate cancer surgery. Numerous studies have shown that surgeon experience is crucial when it comes to successful surgical outcomes. All three of our surgeons are highly experienced in both robotic and open surgery.
    Excellence in Prostate Cancer Surgery
     
  • Minimally invasive prostate cancer surgery
    Virginia Mason urologists were among the first in the state to use the minimally invasive daVinci Robotic-Assisted Surgical System to perform laparoscopic prostatectomies.
    Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy
     
  • High-volume prostate cancer center
    Virginia Mason is a high-volume hospital for radical prostatectomy. Studies have shown better outcomes for patients undergoing surgery in a hospital that performs a high number of cancer surgeries.
    Excellence in Prostate Cancer Surgery
    Targeting Prostate Cancer - The Calypso® System
     
  • Training site for the daVinci Surgical System
    Today, with more than 2,000 minimally invasive surgeries performed, Virginia Mason serves as a daVinci training center for urologists at other medical centers.
     
  • Leading prostate cancer clinical trial site
    Virginia Mason has more prostate cancer clinical trials open for patients than any other center in Washington state, with studies available for every patient at any stage of his disease. Patients also benefit from our partnership with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, a world-class research institution that is looking at the causes and cures of leading diseases, including cancer, and is making these discoveries available to patients through translational (bench to bedside) medicine.
    Find more information about current clinical trials at BRI
     
  • Dedicated tumor board
    We hold a weekly "tumor board" meeting in prostate cancer where cases are discussed and a treatment plan is decided upon.
     
  • Tracking outcomes
    We track and publish our outcomes (treatment results) to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.
     
  • Publications in leading medical journals and presentations
    Our urologists publish articles in leading medical journals and are invited speakers at cancer conferences throughout the year.

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What You Need to Know About Cancer Care at Virginia Mason

The Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason offers comprehensive care for many different types of cancer. Our nationally accredited cancer program means that we have several important benchmarks in place for patients including:

  • Leadership in cancer care
    Virginia Mason has one of the oldest cancer programs in Washington state. Our Cancer Registry, which tracks cancer diagnoses and treatment at our medical center, was instituted in 1940. It wasn't until 1956 that the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) required a hospital-based cancer registry for all approved cancer programs in the United States, in an effort to improve quality of care. 
     
  • Board certified physicians
    Since Virginia Mason's founding in 1920, nearly 100 percent of physicians on staff have been board certified in their fields.
     
  • Nationally accredited cancer institute
    Virginia Mason consistently receives national accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Recently Virginia Mason earned commendations in four areas:
     
    • Prevention and early detection
    • Cancer related improvements
    • Quality of data submission 
    • Outcomes analysis
       
    Being designated a CoC cancer program also means that patients are provided with comprehensive care close to home from a multidisciplinary team that offers a range of services, equipment, education and support. Patients also receive lifelong follow-up, ongoing monitoring and improvement of care, and information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
     
  • Clinical trials
    Virginia Mason provides patients with opportunities to participate in many different cancer clinical trials. Patients also benefit from our partnership with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, a world-class research institution that is looking at the causes and cures of leading diseases, and is making those discoveries available to patients through translational (bench to bedside) medicine.

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Ongoing survivorship program
As a result of advances in cancer screening, early detection, and more innovative and successful cancer therapies, people with cancer are living longer and better lives.
 
Virginia Mason offers wellness and support for cancer survivors, including education, guidance and direction to empower survivors in taking steps to maximize their health and quality of life. We are dedicated to helping survivors live beyond cancer.