University of Washington Medical Center The University of Washington Medical Center is one of the primary cancer care facilities in the Northwest. As a member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the UW Medical Center has a partnership with two other major Seattle medical facilities. In 1988, the UW Medical Center aligned with both the Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. By combining with two other fine medical institutions, the University of Washington Medical Center is able to offer excellent care for all different forms of cancer, including mesothelioma. When it comes to mesothelioma patients at the University of Washington Medical Center, they have the opportunity to take part in a number of clinical trials taking place at the facility. At the UW Medical Center and elsewhere they have been exploring therapy such as photodynamic therapy, which helps surgeons to find cancer cells they may have normally missed. Within the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, both mesothelioma and general cancer patients have the opportunity to experience a large amount of varying support throughout the treatment process. In a comprehensive cancer center such as the SCCA, patients are able to meet with specialized physicians for different treatment and diseases. The UW Medical Center contains two teaching hospitals, the UW School of Medicine, and two faculty practice groups. The center also has an Oncology program which supports research, training and patient care for a number of different health problems. For a wide range of support, the UW Medical Center also offers a sanctuary (place of prayer), multiple patient navigators, both short and long term housing, as well as assistance in finding childcare, transportation, and financial assistance and support programs The combination with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has allowed the UW Medical Center to be named consistently among the top hospitals in the United States for both overall illness and cancer care. In U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 Cancer Hospital rankings, the UW Medical Center charted at No. 5 in the entire country.