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Oncology

UW Medicine provides a full spectrum of cancer management – from prevention to caring for newly diagnosed patients, to coordinating specialty care for patients with advanced forms of the disease. We provide leading-edge treatments and clinical trials for brain, breast, colorectal, genitourinary, gynecologic, liver, lung, pancreatic, prostate in addition to lymphatic and other blood cancers.


A Race-Conscious Approach to Endometrial Cancer Disparities: Kemi M. Doll, MD, introduces theoretical grounding in health disparities research and reviews examples of applied theory to endometrial cancer disparities. A goal is to prompt providers to consider their own areas of work.

Progress in Prostate Cancer Appears to Slow: Over the last 25 years, Dr. Daniel Lin says, there has been a 25-30% decrease in deaths from prostate cancer.

Robotic Surgery Leads to Faster Recovery Time: James Park, MD, explains the benefits of robotic surgery and how minimally invasive procedures allow patients a quicker recovery period.

Risk-based Breast Cancer Screening: Janie Lee, MD, MSc, identifies subgroups of women who may be at high risk, describes screening in the primary care setting and considers the multi-level support needed for successful implementation.

Treatment In The Management Of Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma And Follicular Lymphoma: Ryan Lynch, MD, on diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and follicular lymphoma: integrating components of IPI score with pathology information to create an evidence-based treatment approach and assessing which patients require systemic and/or local therapy.

CD19-Targeted Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR)-Modified T Cell Immunotherapy For Adult B Cell Malignancies: Cameron J. Turtle, MD, PhD, covers the background and rationale for CD19 CAR-T cell therapy, clinical responses and approaches to mitigate toxicity.

Breast Cancer Screening and Benign Breast Disease: Meghan Flanagan, MD, presents on benign breast disease, which is a symptomatic breast condition with physical signs and symptoms that go beyond expected physiologic changes.

Advances in Lung Cancer Treatment: Keith D. Eaton, MD, PhD reflects on the past 15 years of his career and discusses advancements in lung cancer treatment.

Thyroid Cancer: Incidence, Diagnosis, and Treatment: Nicole Zern, MD discusses papillary thyroid carcinoma.

Colorectal Cancer: From Polyp to Treatment: Stacey Cohen, MD, gives a presentation on how to understand the standard screening and risk factors for colorectal cancer.

Integrating Surgery into Multimodal Management of Soft Tissue Sarcoma: Teresa Kim, MD, describes integrating surgery into the multimodal management of soft tissue sarcoma

Management of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer: Jonathan Wright, MD, provides an overview of the management of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer

Fighting Pancreatic Cancer: One Family's Journey : It is estimated that 40,560 people will die from Pancreatic Cancer this year. Thanks to the tireless work of UW Medicine’s Dr. Terri Brentnall, that number will not include an extended family she’s been studying over the last 20 years.

The Role of Proton Beam Radiotherapy in the Management of Solid Tumors: Ramesh Rengan, MD, discusses the strengths and limitations of proton beam radiotherapy.

Unraveling the Headlines: The Thyroid Cancer Dilemma: Mara Roth, MD, discusses changes in the approach to treatment and management of thyroid cancer.

Brain Tumors in Mouse and Man: Eric Holland, MD, talks about a combination of mouse brain tumors and human brain tumors.

Colorectal Carcinoma: Surgical Management of Liver Metastases : Raymond Yeung, MD, gives a lecture on minimally invasive therapies for colorectal carcinoma.

Prostate Cancer Screening: Is it for Everyone? : Atreya Dash, MD, gives a lecture on the principles and importance of prostate cancer screening.

Cardio-Oncology: Risks of Cardiovascular Complications in Cancer Survivors: Richard Cheng, MD, gives an overview of the risk of cardiovascular complications in cancer survivors.

Innovations and Updates in the Surgical Treatment of Colorectal Cancer : Mukta Krane, MD, discusses diagnostic and treatment approaches of colorectal cancer.

New Discoveries in Prostate Cancer Genetics : Heather Cheng, MD, discusses new discoveries on prostate cancer genetics.

Lung Cancer Screening: The Development of Guidelines and Policy : Douglas Wood, MD, and David Madtes, MD, give a presentation on lung cancer screening and some of the guidelines and development of policy.

The HPV + Head and Neck Cancer Epidemic: What You Need to Know : Jeffrey Houlton, MD, gives a presentation on HPV and Oropharyngeal cancer.

The ABCs of Pituitary and Skull Base Tumors: Manuel Ferreira, MD, discusses the most common types of skull based tumors.

Encountering Ovarian Cancer in the Primary Care Setting: Kathryn Pennington, MD, describes the patterns of care in treating ovarian cancer, while identifying women who are at risk.


New Technique Shows How Individual Cancer Cells React to Drugs: The sci-Plex method profiles gene expression in thousands of individual cells when a sample is perturbed. The technology holds promise for cancer, infection, prenatal medicine and biomedicine research.

Men Can Get Breast Cancer, Too: Rachel Yung, MD, a medical oncologist with UW Medicine and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, says the treatment for breast cancer is the same for men and women.

Clinical Outcomes of the HIV Protease Inhibitor Nelfinavir With Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy for Unresectable Stage IIIA/IIIB Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer: A drug long used to treat HIV, when paired with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, appears to enhance survival for patients with inoperable non-small cell lung cancer.

Treatment Target Pinpointed for Liver Cancer in Young Adults: John D. Scott, MD, focuses on treating young adults with fibrolamellar carcinoma or FLC.

Simpler Name for Cancer Genetic Syndrome Could Save Lives: Colin Pritchard, MD, argues that people of all sexes can have risk genes that are often assumed to affect only women. Renaming the syndrome should aid cancer prevention and treatment.

Comparison of CDH1 Penetrance Estimates in Clinically Ascertained Families vs Families Ascertained for Multiple Gastric Cancers: Brian Shirts, MD, discusses why patients with pathogenic variants in CDH1 should think differently about risk when considering prophylactic gastrectomy.

1,000s of Breast Cancer Gene Variants Engineered, Analyzed: A new scientific analysis of nearly 4,000 mutations deliberately engineered into the BRCA1 gene will immediately benefit people undergoing genetic testing for breast or ovarian cancer risk.

Liver Tumor Clinic: The UW Medicine-Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Liver Tumor Clinic is the largest specialty clinic in the region dedicated to the care of patients with benign or malignant liver tumors.

MAGENTA Test Can Screen for Ovarian Cancer: A home genetic testing project offers hope to women who wonder if they may be at risk for ovarian cancer.

Gene Testing of Nigerian Women Could Help Prevent Breast Cancer: The first study of its kind applying modern genomics technology to DNA contributed by Sub-Saharan African women has shown they are more likely than women of other ancestries to develop and to die from triple-negative breast cancer. In ...

HPV Tests Found Effective in Detecting Cervical Cancer: KING-TV 5 interviews Dr. Rachel Winer, an HPV expert at UW, about new research.

New Technique Adheres Cancer-Fighting Agents to Prostate Tumors: Researchers may have finally found a way to destroy only tumor cells but not surrounding healthy cells.

Skin Cancer Biopsy: Can You Trust the Results?: Study of the variability in melanoma diagnostic findings and the challenges surrounded classifying biopsies.

Cardio-Oncology Clinic: The UW Medicine Regional Heart Center Cardio-Oncology Clinic provides care to patients in all stages of cancer treatment who have or are at increased risk for heart disease.

Neuroscience Pearls: Primary Brain Tumors: Neuroscience Pearls: A publication from the UW Medicine Neurosciences Institute. Here we bring you key points related to Primary Brain Tumors.

Gynecologic Cancer Care: The UW Medicine gynecologic oncology team at University of Washington Medical Center consists of nationally recognized healthcare professionals with extensive clinical knowledge and surgical expertise to prevent and treat cancers.

Gynecologic Cancer Care: Meet Our Team : UW Medicine gynecologic oncology experts work with patients to prevent and treat complex gynecologic cancers.