Leslie A. Swanson, ARNP

Leslie A. Swanson, ARNP

Leslie A. Swanson, ARNP

  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Fred Hutch
  • Teaching Associate, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, UW Medicine


“I think of my patients as family and treat them the way I would my own parents, grandparents or siblings.”

— Leslie

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Since I can remember, I always wanted to be a nurse. I love getting to know my patients and their families. Working with cancer patients in the outpatient setting allows me to do this. I get to hear about their life experiences, their families and their goals. I like to think of them as part of my family. My patients have had a huge impact on me. I love supporting them outside of the clinic by being involved in many activities like volunteering at South Lake Union House and participating in Obliteride and local 5Ks that support cancer research.

How do you approach challenges?

I understand that in tough situations such as a “bad scan,” I need to acknowledge that every patient takes in and processes information differently. One patient may want to know everything right away. Another patient may not know the background information and needs to be caught up. I work to support my patients and redefine goals based on their needs. I want them to be informed about the process, potential side effects and intent of treatment, so they can make informed choices that are appropriate for their personal goals.

Provider Background

Gastrointestinal cancers

We have clinical trials open for almost every disease within gastrointestinal cancers. Clinical trials give patients the opportunity to receive treatments at the forefront of research. This doesn’t mean every patient’s treatment is suitable for a clinical trial, but we are here to help a patient navigate that decision. When approaching cancer treatment, quality of life is also very important to me. I connect my patients with Fred Hutch supportive care services, which may include palliative care, social work or nutrition to ensure we provide the best possible care.

Diseases Treated

Anal Cancer

Esophageal Cancer

Gastrointestinal Diseases

Stomach Cancer



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Seattle University

Medical Degree
Duke University

Board Certification
Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, 2015, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Clinical Trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Find a Clinical Trial


Many of our Fred Hutch doctors conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other doctors and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch provider has written.

View Leslie Swanson's Publications

Your Care Team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.


Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

For the Media

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