Jason Lukas, MD, PhD
Caring for others has been my passion since grade school, when I would nurse animals like baby squirrels back to health. In graduate school, I researched the genetic roots of cancer, which helped point me toward the field of oncology, but my lightbulb moment happened as I watched my aunt go through lung cancer. Her medical care was really impersonal, and I believed that I could do better. I felt that I could bring a different element to cancer care, giving patients a warm, comforting experience no matter their diagnosis or expected outcome.
People often come in feeling perplexed about their illness and out of control. Many have abandoned all hope. I see myself as a navigator; it’s my job to chart the most state-of-the-art treatment course for you, and — given my experience and knowledge about the medications currently out there and in the pipeline — it’s also my job to give you back hope. From personal experience, I’ve learned a lot about how physicians should relate to patients and family members. Every consultation with you is a privilege; I strive to make cancer treatment the most healing process it can be for everyone involved.
Specialties and clinical expertise: Medical Oncology
I am the medical director of SCCA Issaquah and a board-certified medical oncologist with more than 17 years of experience in cancer care. Prior to joining SCCA, I served as the director of hematology-oncology research at The Everett Clinic and was on active duty in the U.S. Navy. In addition to caring for patients with a variety of cancers, I lead clinical trials to advance our understanding of how to best treat breast cancer and lung cancer. My expertise extends to immunotherapy, which uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, and the development of cancer vaccines.
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.