Angie Larsh, ARNP
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
I want to create a circle of support around you and your family.”
Why did you become an oncology nurse?
When my father was diagnosed with stomach cancer, my mother’s friends — who were all nurses like her — created this circle of support around my family. They helped us take care of him in our home; we couldn’t have done it without them. I was so impressed by the skills and the knowledge these nurses had, and I felt compelled to better understand what my father had gone through, so I decided to change careers and become a nurse. It was a huge undertaking. But I was intent on giving back the care, expertise and attention we received when my father was sick. Now, I get to serve families like mine.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I’m an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) with several years experience in radiation oncology and medical oncology nursing. Specializing in the treatment of breast cancer, I take a holistic approach to care — focusing not only on you, the patient, but also on your family because cancer doesn’t just affect individuals. Part of providing comprehensive treatment is connecting you and your loved ones with relevant support services at SCCA, such as pastoral care, integrative medicine or physical therapy.
Why do you work with patients who have breast cancer?
They have a broad range of needs that I feel I understand and can address in a meaningful way. For example, a lot of women struggle with body image issues and changes in how they relate to their intimate partners and family members, during and after treatment. That’s why I really focus on listening, so that they feel heard and cared for. Another reason I enjoy working with patients who have breast cancer is that I’m always struck by their strength, their ability to find these kernels of goodness in a difficult situation. It’s incredibly inspiring.