St. Joseph Medical Center

1717 South J Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
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COC Seal 2015Learning that you have cancer can be overwhelming. Look to St. Joseph Medical Center for exceptional cancer care from cancer experts. Our experienced team guides you through every step of your cancer journey.

Experienced cancer care team in Tacoma

At St. Joseph, you’ll receive the Puget Sound’s leading cancer care specialists, who have years of experience in providing high-quality cancer diagnosis and treatment with a caring touch. Working together in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team approach, our team of cancer experts includes:

  • Board-certified and fellowship-trained surgical oncologists
  • Board-certified oncologists in hematology-oncology
  • Board-certified radiation oncologists
  • Board-certified radiologists
  • Certified oncology nurses
  • Nurse Navigators
  • Dietitians, Pharmacists, Therapists, Social Workers
  • Genetics Counselor

National recognition for excellence in cancer care

We’re proud to be among the best cancer programs in the country accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, adhering to the highest standards of cancer patient care and outcomes. We’re one of the largest cancer care providers in the Puget Sound, treating thousands of patients annually.

3-Star RatingsThoracic oncology surgeons at St. Joseph Medical Center earned the elite three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for stage 1 lung cancer lobectomy. It is the society’s highest rating and only awarded to the top five percent of thoracic surgery programs in the US. Baiya Krishnadasan, MD and Nyen Chong, MD, perform a large volume of these operations using minimally invasive techniques. The three-star designation reflects results significantly better than the national average for 30-day mortality and length of hospital stay after lobectomy for lung cancer for the period Jan. 2012 through Dec. 2014.

Comprehensive cancer services in Tacoma

As one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of expert cancer care in the Puget Sound, you’ll find a full range of cancer services—from prevention and screening to diagnostics, treatment and survivorship. And with our expansive navigator program, including specialty nurse navigators and community (lay) navigators, you’ll always have someone to help you find your way, answer your questions and listen to your concerns. Learn more about our services.

Your care may take place in one of the following clinics on the St. Joseph campus.

Clinic locations

Franciscan Surgical Associates at St. Joseph (Colon, Rectal, Pancreas, Liver, Stomach, Gallbladder, Biliary cancers)
1708 South Yakima Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405

Franciscan Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates at St. Joseph (Thoracic Oncology or lung cancer)
1802 South Yakima Avenue
Suite 102
Tacoma, WA 98405

Franciscan Breast Surgery Associates at St. Joseph (Breast cancer)
1624 South I Street
Suite 204
Tacoma, WA 98405

Franciscan Urology Associates - Tacoma (Prostate, Bladder, Testicular cancers)
1708 South Yakima Avenue
Suite 310
Tacoma, WA 98405

Franciscan Gynecologic Associates at St. Joseph (Uterine, Ovarian, Vulvar cancers)
1708 South Yakima Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405

Franciscan Ears, Nose & Throat Associates at St. Joseph (Head and Neck cancer)
1608 South J Street
Floor 5
Tacoma, WA 98405

Franciscan Neurological Associates (Brain tumors, brain cancer)
1608 South J Street
Tacoma, WA 98405

Your care may be provided at one of these clinics, who are our trusted partners:

Northwest Medical Specialties
1624 South I Street
Tacoma, WA 98405

Rainier Hematology/Oncology, Puyallup
2920 South Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98373

Tacoma Valley Radiation Oncology
314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Tacoma WA 98405

Surgical oncology

If you need specialized surgical oncology care, our board certified and fellowship-trained surgeons have expertise in treating all cancers, including bladder, brain, breast, colon, gallbladder, gynecologic (uterine, ovarian), head and neck, kidney, lung, pancreatic, prostate, rectal, testicular, and other cancers, using the latest surgical techniques for minimally invasive procedures such as advanced laparoscopic surgery and robotic-assisted surgery, which use smaller instruments, fewer incisions and computer technology to assist surgeons in achieving precise results.

Our skilled surgical oncologists and other specialists also offer other advanced treatment techniques, such as:

Clinical trials at St. Joseph in Tacoma

We participate in research and clinical trials and are completing research in promising new treatments. We’re seeking patients to join our ongoing clinical trials. The benefits include:

  • Gaining access to leading-edge treatments that are not yet widely available
  • Participating in research studies for cancer prevention, cancer control and quality of life
  • Helping to advance medical science, which will benefit future cancer patients

Ask your doctor for more information about clinical trials and how to access one that is right for you.