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:
Palliative Care, Medical Oncology
“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.

Medical oncologist A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer in adults using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy. A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer in adults using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy. A medical oncologist is often the main health care provider for someone who has cancer. A medical oncologist also gives supportive care and may coordinate treatment given by other specialists.
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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.

Side effects A problem that occurs when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Some side effects of cancer treatment are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, decreased blood cell counts, hair loss and mouth sores.

Provider background

Specialties: Palliative Care, Medical Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Palliative care, sarcomas

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.

Medical oncologist A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer in adults using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy. A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer in adults using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy. A medical oncologist is often the main health care provider for someone who has cancer. A medical oncologist also gives supportive care and may coordinate treatment given by other specialists. Palliative care Care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. Care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat as early as possible the symptoms of a disease; any side effects caused by treatment of a disease; and psychological, social and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment. May also be called comfort care, supportive care or symptom management. Symptom A physical or mental problem that a person experiences that may indicate a disease or condition. Symptoms cannot be seen and do not show up on medical tests. A physical or mental problem that a person experiences that may indicate a disease or condition. Symptoms cannot be seen and do not show up on medical tests. Some examples of symptoms are headache, fatigue, nausea and pain.

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.

Stories

For SCCA patient Cade Marshall, providing the steel for a new clinic building is more than just a job
For SCCA patient Cade Marshall, providing the steel for a new clinic building is more than just a job

As the owner of a steel fabrication company, Cade Marshall gets dozens of requests for quotes every day. When he spotted one from GLY, the contractor for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s new clinic building, he called the contractor with a simple message: “I owe everything to SCCA,” he told them. “What do I need to do to make this happen?”

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:
NCT03425279
Phase 2 CAB-AXL-ADC Safety and Efficacy Study in Adult and Adolescent Patients With Sarcoma
Complete title
A Phase 1/2 Dose Escalation and Dose Expansion Study of BA3011 Alone and in Combination with Nivolumab in Adult and Adolescent Patients 12 Years and Older with Advanced Solid Tumors

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.

Press

SCCA providers are often asked to give their medical expertise for press and news publications. Read articles by or about this SCCA provider.

What Are the Goals of Care?

SCCA’s Elizabeth T. Loggers, MD, PhD was quoted in Cancer Today speaking about cancer diagnoses.

Helping a Patient Get Back to Her Feet

SCCA’s Elizabeth Loggers, MD, PhD, was mentioned by the American Association for Cancer Research related to using palliative care to help a non-terminally ill patient heal after cancer treatments.

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.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care 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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