Filippo Milano, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Cord Blood Transplant Program
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“It’s very important that when I care for my patients, I can provide the best. And working with a collaborative team of nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and volunteers who all put our patients first supports that.”
— Dr. Milano
What do you enjoy about working in oncology?

When I left my home country, Italy, my intention was to stay here only six months — but it’s now been a decade. I decided to stay because of the quality of work that I have found here. It’s a very exciting time to be in our field; a lot of things are changing. I had to do a fellowship twice in my life and I always tell my patients that between the first and second fellowship, at least 60 percent of what I’d learned from the first fellowship had changed. Over a span of 12 years, the information I learned in my first fellowship was already “prehistoric.” New findings come up every year, and that leads to better clinical outcomes for patients, so don’t give up hope.

Milano_Filippo_Secondary.jpg
What is your approach to patient care?

My philosophy is to care for my patients with respect and compassion. I communicate with my patients and know that I am a part of their life; it is something I keep in my mind all the time. It’s not just about what drug is used — the way physicians interact with their patients is just as important. I love that. I love meeting new people and building those relationships with my patients and their families. My patients will remember my funny accent, and I’m going to remember something about each and every one of them.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Cord blood transplantation

As a hematologist-oncologist, it is important for me to spread the word that for patients who do not have a bone marrow donor match, a cord blood transplant can be a very good treatment option. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s (SCCA) survival rate for cord blood transplant patients has outcomes equivalent to what we see with other transplant types.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Residency
University La Sapienza Rome, Italy, Hematology
Fellowship
University of Washington, Hematology-Oncology
Other
PhD, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Languages
English
Italian

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:
NCT04526288
CPX-351 Versus Immediate Stem Cell Transplantation for the Treatment of High-Grade Myeloid Cancers With Measurable Residual Disease
Complete title
A Randomized Trial for Patients with High-Grade Myeloid Neoplasms with Measurable Residual Disease (MRD): CPX-351 vs. Immediate Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Study ID:
NCT04375631
CLAG-M Chemotherapy and Reduced-Intensity Conditioning Donor Stem Cell Transplant for the Treatment of Relapsed or Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, or Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia
Complete title
CLAG·M Chemotherapy Followed Immediately by Related/Unrelated Reduced-Intensity Conditioning (RIC) Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Adults with Myeloid Malignancies at High Risk of Relapse: A Phase 1 Study
Study ID:
NCT04195633
Donor Stem Cell Transplant With Treosulfan, Fludarabine, and Total-Body Irradiation for the Treatment of Hematological Malignancies
Complete title
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation from Haploidentical Donors in Patients with Hematological Malignancies Using a Treosulfan-Based Preparative Regimen

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.
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.