Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center
Our goal is to provide you with compassionate care every step of your cancer journey.
Please call us or fill out this online form to request an appointment with our expert care team.
When you hear that you have cancer, it changes everything. It’s a diagnosis that can break your heart and turn your world upside down. At Providence, you’re never alone in this journey.
The Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center in Walla Walla is exclusively devoted to comprehensive cancer care. Our doctors, nurses and other specialists will give you the best-possible support, therapies and care, whatever type or stage of cancer you have.
Your care team includes specialty-trained doctors who cooperate to diagnose and treat common and rare cancers. Your cancer team will work closely with you and your family, too. We’ll plan effective treatments to help you feel better and realize the best-possible long-term outcomes.
Whenever you need a hand, we’ll connect you with the right Providence resources and people who want to help. Our medical social workers, counselors, support groups and many others fully understand the tears and triumphs of cancer. We’re all here to help you navigate every turn.
At Providence, our cancer doctors fight cancer on every front, using the latest, most effective options. Your treatment may include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and immunotherapy or radiation therapy. Thanks to ongoing advances in the field, there are always new options plus better ways to ease side effects so you can feel as well as possible while you’re receiving care.
We diagnose and treat most types of primary, benign, metastasizing (spread to other sites) and recurring cancer, including:
- Brain, spine and central nervous system cancers
- Brain, spine and pituitary tumors
- Breast cancer
- Colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
When you have cancer, there’s a lot to learn about your disease and what to expect. It’s normal to feel like you don’t know what to do or where to begin. At Providence, you can always find care providers to support you and help with any concerns you have.
Your doctors, nurses and the rest of your care team understand that a cancer diagnosis is a lot to absorb and that you have countless important decisions to make. We provide helpful resources and encourage you to ask questions. Your doctors will talk with you about treatment options and develop a plan that can be changed as your needs or goals change.
This type of therapy is one of the most common cancer treatments. It involves using oral or intravenous (IV) medicine to destroy cancer cells. Providence cancer specialists deliver most chemo medications by IV — an effective way to send the medicine directly to blood vessels. If you have chemotherapy, you may have daily, weekly or monthly treatments at an infusion clinic, which specializes in IV-delivered medicine. You’ll rest in a comfortable chair while the medicine goes to work. It can take 30 minutes or several hours — your doctor will talk with you about what to expect. An infusion nurse will guide you and make sure you feel comfortable throughout your treatment.
Other forms of chemotherapy include injections into a specific part of your body, a pill or liquid that you swallow, and creams that you rub onto your skin.
Radiation therapy is a local treatment, applied to specific areas of the body where there is a tumor or disease. It can come from special machines or from radioactive substances. High doses of radiation can kill cells or keep them from growing or dividing. Radiation therapy is a useful tool for treating cancer because cancer cells grow and divide more rapidly than many of the normal cells around them.
In addition to chemotherapy or radiation therapy, your treatment may include the following therapies:
- Biological therapy
- High-dose rate brachytherapy
- Hormone therapy
Whether you’re scheduling a checkup or screening test such as a mammogram or colonoscopy or seeing a specialist for diagnosis or treatment, we offer comprehensive cancer care, including:
- Cancer counseling
- Cancer genetic counseling and testing
- Cancer rehabilitation
- Cancer research
- Cancer screening and diagnosis
- Pathology services
- Patient navigator service
- Tumor review board
At Providence, you may be eligible to take part in a clinical trial to help researchers studying a promising new cancer therapy. Our doctors take part in studies through the Providence Cancer Institute. This research is typically sponsored by the National Cancer Institute or other public and private partners such as drug companies investigating a new medication.
Participating in a clinical trial
Clinical trial studies test whether new or existing treatments work better and are safer than current treatments. During the trial, a team of doctors and nurses will closely monitor your health as long as you are involved in the trial.
Reasons to take part include:
- Gain access to doctors who specialize in treating your condition
- Have your health closely monitored
- Help develop new treatments that may benefit you or others in the future
- Receive a new medicine before it's available to the general public
Talk to your doctor or care team if you’re interested in participating in a clinical trial.
At Providence, we understand how difficult a cancer diagnosis is for you and your family. We know you’ll have questions and challenges along the way. You are always encouraged to ask your care providers about resources and support to help you learn more or get help with specific needs. We want to help in every way we can.
Available resources include:
- Assistance with issues such as insurance forms and financial concerns
- Cancer Navigation, Cancer Social Worker, and additional resources
- Free support groups and programs for you and your family
- Housing for out-of-town patients
Visit the American Cancer Society website to learn more, including in-depth information about your type of cancer. You’ll also find coping tips, information about treatment options and more.
When you’ve completed the therapies in your treatment plan and testing shows no further evidence of cancer, you begin a new and hopeful phase in your journey. Your doctor will discuss next steps, including the Providence Survivorship Program, which keeps you in touch with your Providence cancer doctors and care team. They will continue to follow your care after you transition back to seeing your primary care doctor for routine health care needs.
During this post-treatment phase, preventive care and healthy lifestyle changes are important to help you stay as healthy as possible. Through our Survivorship Program, you’ll learn about resources and ways to improve your health and well-being while reducing the chance of your cancer coming back. We’ll also guide you if you experience treatment after-effects or other health concerns. Ask your doctor or care team for details.