Elizabeth T. Loggers, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Palliative Care
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Washington School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Specialties:
Medical Oncology, Palliative Care
“I believe that your overall state of well-being plays a critical role in your ability to tolerate therapy and attain the best possible outcome.”
— Dr. Loggers
Why do you practice oncology?

My family lost my paternal grandmother to cancer long before I was born, but I witnessed how the experience affected my father even years later. This awareness drove me to become a medical oncologist — to work toward curing cancer and to ensure the experience of having cancer could be transformative in a positive way for both patients and families. Often, there is little or no good information available about rare cancers like sarcomas. So patients need expert, trustworthy partners in finding the best care for their individual needs. I find it gratifying to fulfill that role.

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What is your approach to care?

My goal is to provide high-quality, compassionate cancer care that is consistent with you and your family’s wishes, both when a cure is possible and when it is not. My colleagues and I offer well-coordinated care through SCCA’s Sarcoma Clinic, and we are developing and testing new treatments to improve your survival. During a typical appointment, we’ll talk through your course of treatment and answer any questions that you have. I also like to ensure that you’re aware of our supportive care services, which can improve your overall well-being by helping with side effects such as fatigue, lack of appetite and depression.

Provider background

Specialties: Medical Oncology, Palliative Care

Sarcoma

I am a medical oncologist who treats patients with sarcoma, a rare cancer of the bones and soft tissue. I divide my time between seeing patients at SCCA and doing research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Although I’m an expert in the care of all forms of sarcoma, my research focuses on intra-abdominal and retroperitoneal tumors and rare, aggressive forms of sarcoma, like epitheliod sarcoma and solitary fibrous tumor. In addition to identifying novel treatments, I also study ways to improve health care delivery and patient communication, particularly for patients with advanced cancer.

Palliative Care

I serve as the medical director of Supportive and Palliative Care Services at SCCA. Palliative care focuses on improving quality of life and symptom management during treatment — even if that treatment is intended for a cure. One study has indicated that palliative care — not to be confused with hospice care — may actually help you tolerate more treatment and help you live longer.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Stanford University
Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School
Residency
Massachusetts General Hospital, Internal Medicine
Fellowship
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Hematology-Oncology
Board Certification
Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2012; Medical Oncology, 2009; Internal Medicine, 2006, American Board of Internal Medicine
Other
PhD, University of Minnesota
Languages
English
Awards
Outstanding Healthcare Practitioner

Received an Outstanding Healthcare Practitioner Silver Award from Seattle Business magazine in 2014.

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.

Study ID:
Complete title
(TARPSWG Study - 2009): The Natural History of Well-differentiated Liposarcoma in the Retroperitoneum: A TARPSWG Study
Study ID:
Complete title
A Retrospective Cohort Analysis of Patients with Soft Tissue Sarcoma Treated for Advanced Disease with Gemcitabine-Based Therapy: the University of Washington Experience.
Study ID:
Complete title
The Evaluation and Outcome of Mesenteric and Intra-Abdominal Desmoids: A study by the TARPSWG.

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.
Erin D. Shade, PA-C, MS
Erin D. Shade, PA-C, MS
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
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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