Benjamin O. Anderson, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Healing begins with understanding your needs and wishes.”
Why do you choose to work at SCCA?
I’m a big believer in multidisciplinary care, particularly when it comes to complex diseases like breast cancer, because the best health outcomes tend to result from a group of experts working together — and that’s what I value about SCCA. The traditional approach to breast cancer treatment has been piecemeal: requiring patients to gather information from several different specialists and then figure out what to do, which can be very stressful. At SCCA, the onus is on us to put the data together. My colleagues and I evaluate your diagnosis and situation, identify the best options for treatment and then share this information with you as a team. This collaborative approach empowers you to make informed choices about your care.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
In addition to being a surgical oncologist, I am also the director of the Breast Health Clinic at SCCA. My expertise spans high-risk breast health evaluation, minimally invasive and locally advanced breast cancer, and oncoplastic breast surgery (techniques that focus on improving both health and cosmetic outcomes). I have published more than 250 articles about breast health and lectured on a wide range of topics in over 30 countries.
While I enjoy working with patients at home in the U.S., I cannot ignore the fact that cancer is a global problem. I worked with a team of experts from around the world to develop guidelines for breast cancer care in low- and middle-income countries, which often have limited resources to help women. Currently, I serve as the co-chair of Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5, which seeks to improve access to services for 2.5 million women around the world. I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control and act as an advisor for the World Health Organization on cancer-related issues.
What is your role in cancer treatment?
Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer requires you to make many decisions about your care. My role, like a coach or guide, is to help you understand the core cancer issues that define your choices and then to provide the surgical expertise to create the best outcome for you as a whole person. I welcome your questions and will always share with you the latest modern medicine has to offer, from innovative procedures to clinical trials. Breast cancer treatment has come a long way, and I believe that we can make it even better — I am always looking for ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of your care.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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Surgery, 1994, American Board of Surgery