Accredited Cancer Care Program

Cancer treatment is demanding enough without the long commutes, traffic jams and ferry lines you may experience going off-island for care. Save your energy for healing. You don't have to leave Whidbey Island for high-quality cancer care.

After an extensive review of the quality of our care, the Commission on Cancer re-accredited our Cancer Care Program in 2015. The Commission on Cancer accreditation process occurs every three years. 

In 2012, WhidbeyHealth Medical Center was one of only 79 hospitals nationwide (and one of just two hospitals in Washington state) to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer.

WhidbeyHealth’s Cancer Care Program has been accredited since 1979, which means you will receive:

  • Quality care close to home
  • Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services
  • A multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on types and stages of cancers
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options 

Prevention & Early Detection

It's better to prevent cancer than to treat it, and if cancer does develop, it's important to detect it early. At WhidbeyHealth, we're committed to supporting prevention and early detection efforts in our community.


Breast cancer and colon cancer are frequently treated at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center. The state-funded Breast Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) screens qualified women for breast and cervical cancer, and both men and women for colon cancer — cancers that are curable if found early. 



Everyone is encouraged to have a screening colonoscopy at age 50 and, based on results, regularly thereafter. A colonoscopy is an essential means of early detection for colorectal cancer, which may lead to a greater chance of surviving this form of cancer.



It is estimated that half of all men and a third of all women will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Learn some ways to protect yourself and your loved ones. The American Cancer Society website features "Stay Healthy," which includes videos and other important information on cancer prevention, screening and early detection. Sections include: