How does SCCA benefit patients and healthcare providers?
SCCA strives to provide outstanding care to cancer patients and to further improve outcomes of therapy. By bringing the cancer-related patient-care services of three institutions together, SCCA builds on existing strengths, allows easier interactions among the cancer experts in each organization and provides improved access to resources. Collectively, SCCA is greater than the sum of its parts, in that it is supported by wider expertise than is represented by any of the three institutions individually. This broader base of expertise is needed as we enter a new era of cancer research, with increasing knowledge of the fundamental biology of cancer cells and significant opportunities to develop new therapies. An important focus for SCCA is to work collaboratively with healthcare providers in the region to improve the transfer of new diagnostic and treatment techniques from clinical research settings to the community. A component of this includes making it easier for physicians to initiate