Jane K. Allakhverdyan, ARNP
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
I am driven to listen to my patients’ needs and goals and advocate for them by providing evidence-based, quality care.”
Why did you choose to work in cancer care?
Even as a young child, I was interested in medicine. At age 15, I began volunteering in the oncology unit at Evergreen Hospital. It opened my eyes to the difficult journey that cancer patients are on and inspired me to find a way I could help. I started my career as a registered nurse and worked in oncology for several years before becoming a nurse practitioner. My role as a nurse practitioner is very rewarding because I build strong relationships with patients and families while supporting them throughout the course of their treatment.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
My role as an ARNP in hematologic malignancies is to provide evidence-based care, to ensure that the quality of care you receive is excellent and to make sure that I advocate for you to the best of my ability — whatever your individual needs and goals may be. Cancer care has been my passion for a long time. This is a very exciting field; it’s ever-changing as we find new treatments and new ways to help you.
How do you respond when a patient wonders how cancer will affect their life?
This diagnosis can change your world. As a health care provider, I strive to communicate transparently with you and ensure you are completely informed before you make any decisions. I try to answer all your questions while taking into account the life you lead, because everybody is different. I think my patients appreciate that I’m honest and the fact that their needs are my top priority.