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NWMS Hosts Another Successful Frankly Speaking About Lung Cancer Workshop


On November 7th, Andrea Veatch, MD, discussed the side effects, side-effect management and tools to overcome the social and emotional challenges of a lung cancer diagnosis. Thank you to those who participated and supported another successful workshop!


The NWMS Cancer Support Community hosts monthly events, be sure to check our Facebook and website for upcoming events!

Welcome Dr. Mohammed Kanaan!


Please join us as we welcome Dr. Mohammed Kanaan to NWMS! Dr. Kanaan joined us on October 14th! 

Dr. Kanaan completed his Hematology & Oncology Fellowships at  Michigan State University and University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Kanaan did his Internal Medicine Residency at McLaren Regional Hospital in Flint, Michigan, and his undergraduate degrees in Medicine and Surgery are from Amman, Jordan.  Dr. Kanaan has been practicing in Great Falls, Montana since 2015.  

In his spare time Dr. Kanaan enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. He also enjoys soccer, swimming, diving, running and cycling.


NWMS Proudly Sponsors The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk


A few members of the NWMS team attended the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Tacoma, WA to support of The American Cancer Society. NWMS is proud to show our support for our community and the fight against cancer.


Learn About Making Strides
The American Cancer Society started Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks to unite communities in the fight against this deadly disease. Today, Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation – and we do more than just walk. We raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline. But we can’t do any of this without the help of people like you.

NWMS Welcomes Sarah Coughlin, ARNP!

Please join us in welcoming the newest provider to our oncology team! Welcome Sarah Coughlin, ARNP!

Sarah is a certified registered nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Sarah recently moved to the Pacific Northwest with her family. She is looking forward to taking advantage of the mountains and low humidity that Western Washington has to offer. She is a proud mother, military wife, and Navy veteran.

“I’m excited to join the team at NWMS. I want to make a difference by providing quality, compassionate care to patient and their families.” – Sarah

The NWMS Cancer Support Community Hosts Another Successful Multiple Myeloma Workshop


This week the NWMS Cancer Support Community team hosted another successful Multiple Myeloma Workshop!

During the workshop, Dr. Sibel Blau and Dr. Tony Blau presented updates regarding Multiple Myeloma as well as information about All4Cure. 

All4Cure brings together patients, clinicians and researchers in a common online platform. Patients share their medical information in the hope of receiving input from other participants (“all for one”), while allowing their experiences to benefit other patients (“one for all”). Their initial focus is on a form of blood cancer called Myeloma.

Learn more here!



Thank you to Abra, Eunice, Taylor, Caitlyn and Donna for their work on setting these educational workshops up for our patients! Don’t forget to check the events page of our website for upcoming workshops.

Welcome Tia Ramirez, ARNP!

Please join us in welcoming our new nurse practitioner Tia Ramirez, ARNP. We are so excited to add Tia’s expertise to our NWMS family!


Tia is a nurse practitioner nationally certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Tia has worked in oncology for the past 13 years. She recently moved to Washington from Arizona where she worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center specializing in Surgical Oncology since 2011. Tia moved to Washington for the cooler weather and to be able to enjoy the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family. She is married with two children.

“I am passionate about working in oncology and like to build strong/trusting relationships with my patients. My goal is to provide personalized care to each of my patients and to be there to support them through each step of their cancer journey. I am a strong advocate for my patients’ quality of life and am focused on the needs of not only my patients but also for the needs of their caregiver and family members.”


Airbnb Open Homes Program

Host people in need of critical care and respite.
Offer free, temporary housing to people who need a place to call home.

Many people need to travel for medical reasons, and too often the cost of temporary accommodations can be a major barrier to accessing life-saving treatment or critical respite during recovery. Having free, short-term housing can help ease a patient’s financial concerns, while giving them the hope and energy they need to overcome illness.
That’s where the Open Homes community comes in. Hosts can provide a free and welcoming space for people to heal.

How you’ll host:

Open Homes partners with nonprofits like Fisher House Foundation to help place patients near medical centers. During these stays, your role is to offer a comfortable space to stay while they or their loved one receives treatment at a nearby hospital.
Patients will be accompanied by their family or caregiver. They’ll also have a dedicated nonprofit coordinator who offers them support throughout their stay. These stays are usually 1 to 2 weeks.

Open Homes partners with nonprofits like Make-A-Wish to provide housing for critically ill children and their families who are granted a respite vacation. These trips can have a profound impact on their recovery. Your role will be to offer a welcoming space for the family to decompress and bond.
They’ll have a dedicated nonprofit coordinator who offers them support throughout their stay. These stays are usually 5 to 10 days.

Learn more:


NWMS Proudly Sponsors The Annual Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference

NWMS proudly sponsors the Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference and our team is there showing our support for the community!

The Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference is an annual event to support and celebrate the community of cancer patients and survivors in the South Sound. Held every August on the beautiful University of Puget Sound campus, this event is presented by multiple community organizations and cancer care advocates. Thanks to the generous sponsors and exhibitors, this conference is free to all attendees! Breakout sessions throughout the day explore an array of topics supporting cancer fighters and survivors. Join us next year to hear speakers share their inspirational stories about the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of their journey with all of those affected by cancer.