Dr. Pollack is a medical oncologist who treats adult patients with sarcoma.
My patient care philosophy is to provide care centered on the patient’s goals and desires. This begins with an education regarding their disease and treatment options. Every patient and every situation is different. I believe in fighting as hard as I can to help cure my patients. When this is not possible, I strive to help my patients live with an excellent quality of life for as long as possible.
Sarcoma, immune-based therapies
- Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- MD: The George Washington University School of Medicine
- Residency: The George Washington University Department of Internal Medicine
- Fellowship: Medical Oncology, University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Dr. Pollack discusses check-point and T-cell therapies for sarcoma in this ASCO 2016 video
"I became a doctor so I could help provide strength to people during the most difficult experiences of their lives and fight for them when they don’t have the strength themselves," says Seth Pollack, MD, assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Dr. Pollack specializes in caring for patients who have sarcoma. "After experiencing cancer in my own family, I understand how important it is for patients and their families to have a doctor that is compassionate, who listens and takes the time to explain things clearly," he says.
Providing care in a research setting means our physicians are on the leading-egde of medicine and active in their own research endeavors to better treat cancer. "My research goal is to develop immune-based therapies to cure sarcoma," Dr. Pollack says. "This main goal has three parts. The first part is to describe the expression patterns of immunogenic proteins by individual sarcoma subtypes. The second is to understand the immune system’s natural response to sarcoma and the mechanisms of immune evasion used by sarcoma. Lastly, I seek to develop clinical trials to treat sarcoma patients using immune based therapies."
According to Dr. Pollack, there are many cancer types where few options were available just a few years ago and where a plethora of options are available now. "I believe that in the not-to-distant future, sarcoma patients will have many more options than they have today. My dream is that in my lifetime we will be able to cure patients who today we consider incurable."
Outside of work, Dr. Pollack enjoys spending time with his family whenever possible. He also likes to play jazz guitar.