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Daniel W. Lin, MD

Physician
Fred Hutch
Professor, Department of Urology,
University of Washington School of Medicine
Chief, Urologic Oncology
UW Medicine
Associate Professor
Fred Hutch
Specialty:
Surgery
“Educating a patient for his or her options for their cancer, about what to expect in the big picture, whether that’s about their surgery, or after surgery, or their general wellbeing later, I consider to be an important part of their care. The meaning of the word physician is teacher. I embrace that.”
— Dr. Lin
Why do you practice oncology?

Daniel Lin, MD, comes from a family of educators and physicians. He went to college thinking he could do anything. “I quickly realized that biology and the study of cancer was my calling,” he said. His father is an academic pathologist whose calling was also cancer. “I grew up hearing about tumors. In eighth grade, I wanted a picture of a tumor for a report which I thought was really cool,” Dr. Lin said. By the time Dr. Lin went to college, he knew his calling was medicine. He enjoys what he does and in particular, the education piece. He teaches residents and medical students, but it’s the teaching of his patients that he considers most important and is the most rewarding for him. “Educating a patient for his or her options for their cancer, about what to expect in the big picture, whether that’s about their surgery, or after surgery, or their general wellbeing later, I consider that to be an important part for their care,” he said. “The meaning of the word physician is teacher. I embrace that.” Looking at prostate cancer in general, Dr. Lin knows the future lies in what can be achieved in research. Two areas of interest for him include treatment and understanding biomarkers of prostate cancer aggressiveness, and learning how to prevent prostate cancer. “Is there something we can measure in tissue, urine, or blood, that goes beyond what we already know about the patient to understand the behavior of prostate cancer?” Dr. Lin asked.  “That can help recommend treatment or surveillance.” The other area of research interest for him is in prevention, avoiding prostate cancer to begin with, but preventing it from recurring as well. “What are you born with?” he asked. “Can we modulate your predisposition with diet or exercise? We know we are doing something to ourselves. Men in Asia particularly don’t really get much fatal prostate cancer, but when they start immigrating to this country, they start getting prostate cancer and more aggressive prostate cancers.” Many studies recognize that Japanese men are now getting more cancers similar to Caucasians. Dr. Lin and his colleagues have done experiments with diet, specifically high-fat versus low-fat diets, over six weeks and biopsied prostates to see if they can see a difference. “The genes had favorable response to the diet,” Dr. Lin said. The question then moved to what to do with these patients and studies moved to specific foods and down to the enzyme level where Dr.  Lin and colleagues now have a study with a broccoli enzyme in pill-form that they are studying in men.

Gene The functional and physical unit of heredity passed from parent to offspring. Genes are pieces of DNA, and most genes contain the information for making a specific protein. Grade In cancer, a grade is a description of a tumor based on how abnormal the cancer cells and tissue look under a microscope and how quickly the cancer cells are likely to grow and spread. In cancer, a grade is a description of a tumor based on how abnormal the cancer cells and tissue look under a microscope and how quickly the cancer cells are likely to grow and spread. Low-grade cancer cells look more like normal cells and tend to grow and spread more slowly than high-grade cancer cells. Grading systems are different for each type of cancer. They are used to help plan treatment and determine prognosis. Also called histologic grade and tumor grade. Pathologist A physician who has special training in identifying diseases by studying cells and tissues under a microscope. Surveillance Closely watching a patient’s condition but not treating it unless there are changes in test results. Surveillance is also used to find early signs that a disease has come back. In medicine, surveillance means closely watching a patient’s condition but not treating it unless there are changes in test results. Surveillance is also used to find early signs that a disease has come back. It may also be used for a person who has an increased risk of a disease, such as cancer. During surveillance, certain exams and tests are done on a regular schedule. In public health, surveillance may also refer to the ongoing collection of information about a disease, such as cancer, in a certain group of people. The information collected may include where the disease occurs in a population and whether it affects people of a certain gender, age or ethnic group.
Dr. Lin

Provider background

Specialty: Surgery

Area of clinical practice

Genitourinary cancers, kidney cancer

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Stanford University
Medical Degree
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Residency
University of Washington, Dept. of Urology
Fellowship
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Board Certification
Urology, 2003, 2013, American Board of Urology
Other
Internship, University of Washington, Dept. of Surgery
Languages
English
Awards
Seattle Met's 2022 Top Doctors award

Dr. Lin has received this peer-nominated award for his exceptional patient care multiple years in a row.

Seattle magazine's 2021 Top Doctors Award

Dr. Lin has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award multiple years in a row.

Testimonials

“Dr. Lin is an incredibly collaborative leader and a master surgeon who helps patients navigate some of the most complicated surgeries we provide at Fred Hutch. He brings both technical expertise and interpersonal skill. ”
— John Gore, MD, MS, FACS

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Study ID:
NCT00756665
Prostate Active Surveillance Study
Complete title
Canary Prostate Active Surveillance Study
Study ID:
NCT03678025
Standard Systemic Therapy With or Without Definitive Treatment in Treating Participants With Metastatic Prostate Cancer
Complete title
Phase III Randomized Trial of Standard Systemic Therapy (SST) Versus Standard Systemic Therapy Plus Definitive Treatment (Surgery or Radiation) of the Primary Tumor in Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Publications

Many of our Fred Hutch doctors conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other doctors and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch provider has written.

Press

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Top Doctors 2021: Urology

SCCA's John L. Gore MD, MS, FACS, Dr. Daniel W. Lin and Jonathan L. Wright, MD, MS, were named to Seattle Magazine’s list of Top Doctors in Seattle for 2021, recognizing their excellence in urology.

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Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
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Patient care coordinator
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