Larsen Secures $275,000 for Skagit Valley Hospital Cancer Care Center</A

Jul 19, 2007


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced today that he has secured $275,000 in a House funding bill to help Skagit Valley Hospital Cancer Care Center purchase cutting-edge equipment to treat brain cancer. The funding was included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2008, which passed the House by a vote of 276 to140.  The House and Senate must agree on a final version of the bill before the President can sign it into law.

This funding will help Skagit Valley Hospital purchase equipment to perform stereotactic radiosurgery, a highly precise form of radiation therapy used primarily to treat tumors and other abnormalities of the brain. It is a non-surgical procedure that uses x-rays to treat certain types of tumors, inoperable lesions and is also used as a post-operative treatment to eliminate any leftover tumor tissue. Patients in Northwest Washington currently travel to Seattle to receive this treatment.

“Skagit Valley patients and families travel hours each way to get cutting-edge cancer treatment,” said Larsen. “This funding would bring the care they need closer to home.”

The newly-opened Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center provides critical medical services to Northwest Washington’s five counties.  Over 600 Skagit Valley residents are diagnosed with cancer annually.  Since 2000, the number of cancer patients seeking treatment at Skagit Valley Hospital has increased by 15 percent. 

“We sincerely appreciate Congressman Larsen’s leadership,” said Skagit Valley Hospital CEO Gregg Davidson. “This funding really helps us bring the best cancer treatments to patients who desperately need it and is yet another example of the strong investment our community has made in bringing world-class healthcare to Mount Vernon and Skagit County.”