Angie Downs doesn’t like asking people for money. But she doesn’t like having lung cancer either.
Dr. Janie Lee
Any woman who has had a mammogram this year may have noticed that her results report looks a little different from previous years. Since Jan. 1, 2019, facilities such as Seattle Cancer Care Alliance that perform mammograms are required to inform women if they have dense breast tissue.
In 2012, Alan Herr, a cancer researcher, engaged in some macabre humor with his colleagues when he noticed his voice getting raspy and a gurgling sensation as he breathed. “That could be lung cancer,” he joked with his fellow scientists at the University of Washington, compressing air into his lungs then breathing out to show them the odd sound his breathing made.
When Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan was newly diagnosed with melanoma in January, her surgical oncologist acknowledged the delicate and difficult nature of having cancer and being the public face of the Emerald City.
Dr. Fred Appelbaum, former long-time president of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, has been designated one of 15 “Giants of Cancer Care” for his contributions to leukemia research. The award, announced by digital publication OncLive, recognizes top researchers who have helped advance the understanding and treatment of cancer.