Denise L. Bundow, ARNP

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Teaching Associate
University of Washington School of Medicine
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
UW Medicine
“Every interaction with my patients is an opportunity to make a difference in their lives, guide them through a period of intense vulnerability.”
— Denise
What do you enjoy about working with patients who have breast cancer?

During the early 1980s, I was working as a nurse in New York City at the height of the AIDS crisis. Through this experience, I was able to witness a very dire health situation turn into one of hope, thanks to drug development and advances in clinical research. I see many similarities among the patients I worked with then and the women with breast cancer I see now: a sense of resilience and determination and a desire to build community around a shared cause. Every day, I am humbled by the grace my patients exhibit.

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What is your approach to cancer treatment?

I have always enjoyed working with people, particularly those who are dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. It’s an honor to be a part of your life during this intense time. Our relationship is based on mutual trust, respect and openness, so I hope that you feel free to ask questions and bring up any concerns you have about your care at any point in the process. My role includes offering support, guidance and education while helping you maximize your potential for healing. I am your advocate, working closely with other members of your care team to ensure you have the highest quality of life possible.

Provider background

Breast health

I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) with more than 20 years of experience in cancer care. Specializing in breast health, I evaluate breast abnormalities and provide pre- and post-operative care for patients having breast surgery. I also work with women who are at a high risk for developing breast cancer, establishing an individualized screening program that takes into account factors like risk level, age and health.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
New York University
Medical Degree
Columbia University
Board Certification
Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, 1980, American Nurses Credentialing Center
Languages
English

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA 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.

Publications

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

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
David R. Byrd, MD
David R. Byrd, MD
Physician
Surgery
Sara H Javid, MD
Sara H Javid, MD
Physician
Surgery
Kristine E. Calhoun, MD
Kristine E. Calhoun, MD
Physician
Surgery
Christina F. Blanchette, PA-C
Christina F. Blanchette, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Lauren D. Hamman, DNP, ARNP
Lauren D. Hamman, DNP, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Meghan R. Flanagan, MD, MPH
Meghan R. Flanagan, MD, MPH
Physician
Surgery
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Team coordinator (TC)
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

SCCA accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

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