Amanda Christian is a nurse practitioner of bone marrow transplant at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
I feel privileged to help guide patients and their families through what is often the most difficult time of their lives. I've worked in oncology for over 10 years and am passionate about good, collaborative and compassionate care to my patients.
Immunotherapy, long-term follow-up
- Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
- Teaching Associate, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine
- MSN, DNP: University of Washington.
- BSN: Johns Hopkins University
I started my career as an oncology nurse at Seattle Children's and then Virginia Mason Medical Center. After graduating with my doctorate in nursing practice at UW, I spent a year in rheumatology and internal medicine before joining the BMT team at SCCA in 2013.
I've wanted to work in healthcare since I was young. I've always enjoyed caring for people and understanding the way the human body works. Promoting health and treating pathologies is one of the best ways to treat the whole person. I also love the collaborative element of healthcare, both working with the patient and their family as well as other specialties to provide holistic care.
I appreciate the relational aspect of caring for cancer patients. It's very holistic caring for someone with cancer. This disease unfortunately can affect every aspect of life and at SCCA, we are able to help intervene as much as possible. Whether it's aiding in nutrition or social support with housing, we treat the whole person.
Working at SCCA and Fred Hutch I have the opportunity to be involved with research on the forefront. It's exciting to be involved with clinical work that is constantly evolving with new updates and information from the research world. We are also involved with phase I clinical trials and I appreciate knowing the information we help gather will impact patients in the future.
In my lifetime, I hope to see the elimination of cancer, of course! Also, improved surveillance and detection of cancer as well as improvements in targeted therapy personalized for the individual. It has been exciting to see the progress made with immunotherapy for a variety of malignancies. Harnessing your own immune system to cure cancer is the coolest thing ever.
Outside of work, I enjoy toddler wrangling (I have a 2-year-old daughter), traveling with my family, playing tennis, yoga, skiing, reading, sun searching and being near water whenever I can.