Cancer Care Northwest was founded in 1975 as Spokane Oncology & Hematology by Dr. Turner Wood, a highly respected cancer physician. In 1999, the practice was purchased by U.S. Oncology, a nationwide network of oncology practices. With this partnership came new access to cancer technologies, research programs, and management and funding resources. It was a strategic move that allowed us to recruit leading oncologists and to expand our services.
Later that year, Cancer Care Northwest moved into a spacious 23,500-square-foot facility in south Spokane, realizing our vision of providing the region with a new model of cancer care. As the first fully integrated cancer center in the Inland Northwest, the South Office offered patients comprehensive cancer care at one convenient location, including on-site lab, nursing, medical oncology, surgical oncology, therapeutic radiation, diagnostic imaging, dietary and support programs and counseling.
To meet the needs of the community, we opened a new 12,500-square-foot treatment center in north Spokane in June 2000. The state-of-the-art North Office enhanced our research capabilities and made treatment more convenient for patients. We also opened our Spokane Valley Office to improve our Valley patients’ access to our comprehensive services. Jan. 1, 2008, Cancer Care Northwest separated from our longtime partner, U.S. Oncology, to become a physician-owned practice. The separation allowed our physicians to pursue their long-term vision for providing integrated cancer services.
Also in 2008, Cancer Care Northwest purchased Spokane’s first GE Discovery PET/CT scanner. Located at our Downtown Clinic, this sophisticated technology still gives our patients access to the most advanced imaging services in the region. The Downtown suite features natural elements and soothing colors that encourage healing and reduce patient’s stress.
A Varian Clinac iX Linear Accelerator was also added to our suite of radiation services at our North Clinic in 2008. This modern linear accelerator delivers advanced forms of radiation therapy and now includes on-board imaging, respiratory gating and rapid arc functions.
In 2009, we further enhanced our services by adding a full team of support services. The addition of these new cancer specialists to our integrated care teams improved our ability to provide the highest level of cancer care to our patient care.
Then in 2012, we added a new 38,000 square foot facility in Spokane Valley, offering all of our latest technology and most experienced specialists under one roof; and just recently, we teamed up with Providence Hospitals and Kootenai Health to form The Alliance for Cancer Care, saturating our expert radiation services throughout the entire Spokane and Coeur d’Alene metropolitan area. Our highly experienced radiation oncologists now manage radiation treatment for these organizations, leading the Inland Northwest in offering patients the latest technology available. Cancer Care Northwest radiation services are available at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services in Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, and at four Cancer Care Northwest clinics throughout the area.
In January 2017, Cancer Care Northwest, in partnership with The Alliance for Cancer Care, installed the first Elekta Linear Accelerator within the Sacred Heart Medical Center Clinic. The region's most innovative radiation system, this state-of-the-art, image-guided technology delivers precise radiation treatments in shorter amounts of time. Additional Elekta Linear Accelerators were installed at the Cancer Care Northwest Spokane Valley Clinic in spring 2017 and in the North Spokane Clinic in winter 2017.
Cancer Care Northwest also purchased the Discovery IQ PET/CT scanner for our Downtown clinic in 2017. One of the few in the region, this machine delivers among the highest sensitivity of any PET/CT scanner anywhere, enabling excellent image quality with fast scans at low dose for improved patient care and comfort.
We are proud to be the only privately owned, fully integrated cancer treatment center in the Inland Northwest. Since our beginnings, we have served the region with comprehensive, innovative, compassionate care. We are committed to providing, and continuously improving, our premier cancer care in the decades to come. We truly are the destination you seek for cancer care.