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graft for aortic aneurysm

endovascular graft

Dr. Benjamin Starnesphysician-modified endovascular graft therapy achieved a 98 percent success rate among 47 initial patients with juxtarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms. A major study to substantiate that efficacy – a formal clinical trial of 150 patients – expands the use of physician-modified endovascular grafts. The trial, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is the only one of its kind in the United States.

Starnes is chief of UW Medicine’s Regional Vascular Center at Harborview Medical Center. He modifies endovascular grafts in the operating room, customizing them to fit patients’ unique aortic anatomies such that they maintain blood flow to the kidneys and intestines, and implants the grafts percutaneously. Early success in this study spurred the FDA to encourage Starnes to try to expand nationally the number of investigators involved in the clinical trial. To inquire about referring a patient for the trial, contact Billi Tatum, RN, at 206.744.3369 or btatum@uw.edu.

Lung disease center opens at UWMC

The Center for Interstitial Lung Disease has opened at UW Medical Center, directed by Dr. Ganesh Raghu, UW professor of medicine. Interstitial lung disease (ILD) refers to a group of lung conditions, most of which result in scarred tissue and restricted oxygen intake. Medications can slow the progression of patients’ disease but are unlikely to fully resolve it. ILD center practitioners’ participation in clinical trials for new therapies gives UW Medicine patients additional options that might not exist elsewhere. The center will work closely with the hospital’s lung-transplantation program, a leading regional provider of that care. For referral details, call 206.598.4967.

Heart clinic moves to Edmonds

The UW Medicine Regional Heart Center opened a spacious cardiology clinic in Edmonds, Wash., transferring the practitioners and staff from its smaller Alderwood Mall site, which was closed. It also added a cardiologist, Dr. Marshall Corson, who has treated UW Medicine patients for 15 years. The Edmonds clinic offers consultations, diagnostics and care for conditions that affect the heart, such as arrhythmias, valve disease and hypertension. It is located at the Stevens Health Center, 21701 76th Ave. W., Suite 201. The phone numbers are unchanged: 425.774.8251 or 206.598.9091.

Proton beam for cancer care at Northwest Hospital

tumorThe Pacific Northwest’s first site for proton-beam radiotherapy came online in March at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. It is the 11th such facility in the United States. The treatment’s energy peaks at the tumor and falls off quickly, and does far less damage to normal tissue than conventional radiation. It is used mostly with tumors in the brain, spine and eye, and for tumors in children, whose developing bodies are highly vulnerable to secondary tumors caused by radiation treatment for primary cancer. The center’s physicians, all of whom are UW Medicine specialists in radiation oncology, can provide guidance on options if proton therapy is not appropriate. To refer a patient or determine whether your patient may be eligible for proton therapy, call the center at 877.897.7628 or email intake@sea.procure.com.

SCCA launches colorectal/anal cancer clinic

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has launched a Colorectal Cancer Specialty Clinic. This clinic targets patients with newly diagnosed and recurrent non-metastatic colon, rectal and anal cancer. This is the only multidisciplinary clinic for this disease in the Puget Sound region. It co-locates surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology so patients receive an assessment from all disciplines at their first visit. It will streamline patients’ experience and improve the coordination of care. Clinic staff aims to schedule patients’ appointments within a week of a request. To refer a patient or learn more, call 855.557.0555.

Maternal/fetal medicine care grows in Yakima

After two years of providing care on a part-time basis at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, UW Medicine this month opens a full-time maternal/fetal medicine clinic in an office building adjacent to the hospital. Clinicians consult on complex medical conditions of the mothers, such as diabetes, hypertension and diseases of the heart, kidneys, lungs and immune system. They also consult and provide prenatal screening and diagnosis of suspected fetal anomalies and genetic conditions. To refer a patient or learn more, call 855.464.6298.

Palliative Care at Northwest Hospital

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center now offers palliative care consultations for inpatients as well as outpatient care for patients with terminal illness. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. Inpatient consultations are available weekdays from 9a.m. to 5 p.m., and the service soon will expand to offer primary care and palliative care in home visits to patients with life-threatening illness. To refer a patient or learn more, call 206.368.6850. UW Medicine’s palliative care program has been established for years at Harborview and UW medical centers.


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