Swedish

Our Mission

Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area.  It includes five hospital campuses and Swedish Medical Group – a network of primary-care and specialty clinics.  In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as neurological care, digestive health, cardiovascular care, orthopedics, cancer care, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research.



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  • Ralph Aye
    Ralph Aye of Swedish answered:
    For most people failing to treat GERD will result in a worsening of the symptoms and potentially to complications from the constant burning of the esophagus with acid.  Most patients over time will develop a hiatal hernia or stomach herniation in which the stomach slips up through the diaphragm into the chest...Read More
  • Swedish
    Swedish has posted a blog entry:
    In the clinic, we work with stroke patients and their families to help them understand the risk of having a second stroke and what they can do to reduce...Full Post
  • Howard West, MD
    Howard West, MD of Swedish answered:

    Stage I:  The cancer is found only in the prostate. The tumor cannot be felt during a digital rectal exam (DRE) and does not show up with any imaging technology.

    Stage IIA: The tumor has grown within the prostate but has not spread outside of the prostate. It can be felt in one half of one side of

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  • Howard West, MD
    Howard West, MD of Swedish answered:

    Once prostate cancer is diagnosed, the stage of cancer needs to be determined in order to decide on the most appropriate treatment plan. Staging is the process of determining if the cancer has grown within the prostate region or if it has spread to other areas of the body.

    Three key factors are used

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  • Howard West, MD
    Howard West, MD of Swedish answered:
  • Howard West, MD
    Howard West, MD of Swedish answered:
  • Howard West, MD
    Howard West, MD of Swedish answered:

    Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer experience no symptoms and most early-stage prostate cancers are discovered during routine screening, such as a prostate-specific antigen test (PSA) or digital rectal exam (DRE).

    If the tumor becomes larger, the following symptoms may appear.

    • Frequent urination,
    ...Read More
  • Howard West, MD
    Howard West, MD of Swedish answered:

    The following tests are useful for detecting prostate cancer:

    • Digital Rectal Exam (DRE): Using a gloved, lubricated finger the doctor examines the prostate to check for lumps or other abnormalities. If anything suspicious is found, additional testing may be needed. While a DRE is a
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  • Howard West, MD
    Howard West, MD of Swedish answered:

    Different chemotherapy medications destroy cancer cells by a variety of different mechanisms. Many work on the DNA of a cell to prevent it from reproducing, while others deprive cancer cells of what they need to grow. Chemotherapy may be used for prostate cancer that has spread and when hormone therapy

    ...Read More
  • Howard West, MD
    Howard West, MD of Swedish answered:

    The goal of hormone therapy, which lowers levels of testosterone that causes prostate-cancer cells to grow, is sometimes to cure the cancer, such as when combined with radiation, but more often it is given to suppress the cancer and prolong survival when the cancer has advanced beyond the point where

    ...Read More
  • Howard West, MD
    Howard West, MD of Swedish answered:

    Not always. Carefully monitoring the cancer and delaying treatment until and if disease progression occurs is called "active surveillance", an option particularly well suited for men with low-risk prostate cancer, elderly men or men who have other serious health conditions.

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  • Swedish
    Swedish posted:
    Parkinson's Disease Forum August 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Swedish/Cherry Hill. Presentations from a neurologist, neurosurgeon, physical therapist and neuropsychiatrist. Free, but pre-registration required. Call Michelle Bauer at 206.320.2883 to register.
  • Swedish
    Swedish is now following Sharecare Inc.
  • Swedish
    Swedish has posted a blog entry:
    You may have many questions when you find out that you are pregnant, but some of the most common concerns revolve around nutrition and food safety....Full Post
  • Swedish
    Swedish has posted a blog entry:

    Do you or someone you know shake when raising a glass of water to drink or have problems writing a check at the grocery store?

    If so, essential tremor

    ...Full Post