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Samatra C. Doyle, ARNP

Patient Care Philosophy

"Every patient has a unique journey. Sarcoma is a rare diagnosis and most of my patients have never known anyone else who has been diagnosed with this disease. Every patient deals with their diagnosis differently; some make jokes, some are angry and won’t even make eye contact, some are depressed and can barely function, and some approach it as an opportunity to cherish every day that they are given and try to LIVE as much as they can. I try to make space for and respect everyone’s coping mechanisms. I remind myself that although they are a patient to me, to many other people they are a cherished mom, dad, sister, brother, son, daughter, or friend." 

Education and Training

  • Bachelors of Arts, Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2000
  • Master of Nursing, University of Washington, 2008

Profile

Samatra Doyle is a nurse practitioner who treats sarcoma patients within the general oncology clinic. She is involved in several research studies—important elements to improving cancer treatment. “I hope to see more treatment options for sarcoma, as we continue our trials,” she says.

Samatra began her cancer care career working at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She quickly fell in love with the children she treated, and remained there for approximately two years as she finished her Master’s Degree in nursing. It was from Seattle Children’s that she transitioned to working in adult oncology at SCCA.
 
The challenges involved in understanding and effectively treating cancer were what initially drew her to her current role at SCCA. “I love being able to solve problems, and when solving isn’t a choice, I try to find ways of helping patients make their health diagnoses as manageable as possible.”

In Samatra's spare time, she has taken up running and enjoys reading books, cooking, and being with her partner and their twins.