In fellowship, I had the opportunity to research lung cancer. With the explosion of research and clinical trials, it was exciting to see how much better patients do today than they did a decade ago. Later, I got to see the special relationship patients develop with their oncologist during treatment, which lasts months or years. I decided I wanted to be there for those patients, helping them to navigate the lung cancer journey.
It’s always really gratifying when somebody has a really good response to treatment, but it can be just as rewarding when a patient has health issues. That’s when we figure out what the patient wants and how to tailor the treatment we deliver. I try to understand where the patient is coming from, their motivations and their values. Do they value living as long as possible, or do they value being as comfortable as possible? Do they have a graduation in a few months and want to do everything possible to get there? In partnership, we consider these goals and make decisions about treatment together.
Focus on treatment of thoracic cancers, including lung cancer.
UCLA Medical Center
University of California San Diego
University of Southern Californa
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.