Erin D. Shade, PA-C, MS
As long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in physiology and in helping others. Prior to physician assistant school, I was a dietitian working with patients who had cancer and were undergoing bone marrow transplants. It was very fulfilling to support patients and families during an exceedingly difficult time in their lives. Later, when I was considering my first job after physician assistant school, a friend suggested I apply to the oncology clinic where she worked. I got the job and continue to love working in oncology. I love oncology not only because I am privileged to help others in such a time of need but also because of the opportunity to continually learn in oncology, with new treatments and new discoveries in cancer biology all the time.
My approach is based on collaboration, helping you make decisions that best fit your life. I aim to provide you with the information you need to take an active role in your care. Feel free to ask me questions and discuss your concerns. Part of what I do is care for people with sarcoma who participate in clinical trials. In this role, I help manage your needs and assess whether it’s safe for you to continue with therapy, just as I do for patients who receive standard treatment regimens.
I am a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in treating patients with sarcoma, cancer that affects bone and connective tissues, such as tendons, muscles or cartilage. Sarcomas can also appear in the nerves, blood vessels or fat. In addition to being a physician assistant, I have a Master of Science degree in nutrition from the University of Washington. My expertise includes caring for those enrolled in 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.
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.
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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.