Cancer Center

Exceptional Care, Close to Home

When you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, it’s important to know that state-of-the-art care is available right here on the North Olympic Peninsula. Studies have shown that traveling an hour or more for cancer care can negatively affect patient diagnosis, treatment, outcomes and quality of life. When friends and family can more easily help cancer patients get to appointments and support them in other ways, everyone wins.

At Olympic Medical Cancer Center in Sequim, all of our team members—including board-certified physicians, specially trained nurses, patient navigators, technologists and nutritionists—are laser focused on providing the highest quality patient-centered care. In addition, to make treatment as convenient as possible, medical oncology and radiation oncology services are available at the same location.

We know the little things make a big difference. From a birthday card presented by the care team, a cozy blanket, to a comforting hug when its needed, you’ll notice it’s these little things that set us apart from big-city facilities.

Clinical Trials and Top Technology

Accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons—an endorsement achieved by only one in four hospitals that treat cancer—we offer access to clinical trials and the latest technology.

In addition to the extensive services we offer locally, our affiliation with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance brings you the resources of three internationally renowned institutions: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s.

In short, we’ve made it our mission to provide leading-edge cancer treatment close to home so you can get back to living the life you love as quickly and easily as possible.

Patient Resources

Patient Navigator

The Patient Navigator program is designed to provide services and resources to help guide patients through the health care system so they can focus on treatment and well being. The Patient Navigator also helps patients access community resources that would best help meet a patient’s need for:

  • Financial assistance
  • Lodging and transportation
  • Disease and treatment reference materials
  • Community support
  • Respite housing
  • Additional health care support

Patient Navigator Mikel Townsley and Patient Navigator Assistant Elizabeth Thomas

The Patient Navigator assists patients in understanding and utilizing services and educational information provided by Olympic Medical Cancer Center. Olympic Medical Center provides this service free of charge thanks in part to the generous support of the OMC Foundation, and can be contacted by a patient, a family member or a physician. For more information on the Patient Navigator, please call (360) 582-2845.

Health Resource Library

Cancer patients, along with their families and friends, can access the resource library for education about cancer treatments, living with cancer, along with videos, reference books and other information for cancer patients.

Support Groups & Group Activities

Olympic Medical Cancer Center works with the community to facilitate a number of cancer support groups for both men and women. Beyond support groups, Olympic Medical Cancer Center works closely with Cancer Lifeline of Seattle to bring activities to the area, including a yearly Lymphedema Tea, art and writing experiences and more.

Trusted Links

Trusted external organizations with information on cancer treatment include*:

*OMC is not responsible for any content contained on these external links.

The TrueBeam System

The Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator at Olympic Medical Cancer Center offers a radically different approach to treating cancer with image-guided radiotherapy. It delivers more powerful cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision. The TrueBeam uniquely integrates new imaging and motion management technologies within a sophisticated new architecture that makes it possible to deliver radiation cancer treatments more quickly, while monitoring and compensating for tumor motion. This opens the door to new possibilities for the treatment of cancer of the lung, breast, prostate, head and neck, as well as other cancers treatable with radiotherapy.

The TrueBeam linear accelerator offers a broad spectrum of new capabilities, enabling treatment of even the most challenging cancer cases with unprecedented speed and precision. TrueBeam breaks the mold in just about every dimension, making it possible to offer faster, more targeted treatments to tumors even as they move and change over time.

Faster Treatments

With dose delivery rates that are 40 to 140 percent higher than earlier generations of Varian technology, the TrueBeam can complete a treatment significantly faster. This makes it possible to offer greater patient comfort by shortening treatments, and to improve precision by leaving less time for tumor motion during dose delivery. “Intelligent” automation further speeds treatments with an up to five-fold reduction in the number of steps needed for image guidance and dose delivery. Patients spend less time lying still, immobilized, resulting in increased patient comfort.

Enhanced Precision

The precision of the TrueBeam is measured in increments of less than a millimeter (smaller than a mustard seed). This accuracy is made possible by the system’s sophisticated architecture, which synchronizes imaging, patient positioning, motion management, beam shaping and dose delivery, performing accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the entire treatment. As the treatment progresses, critical data points are measured to ensure the system maintains a true focal point of treatment.

For lung and other tumors subject to respiratory motion, TrueBeam offers gated RapidArc® radiotherapy, which makes it possible to monitor patient breathing and compensate for tumor motion as it quickly delivers its dose during a continuous rotation around the patient.