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The Top Doctor award is a peer-nominated award for providers who give exceptional care.

Joanne L. Lang, ARNP

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Teaching Associate
University of Washington School of Medicine
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
UW Medicine
“Each patient I see is more than an individual — they’re connected to a child, a sibling, a partner or a friend. They’re part of a family and community outside of the hospital, and I provide care with that in mind.”
— Joanne
Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had a significant impact on you.

One day, a woman stopped in on the floor where I was working to say hello. At first, I didn’t recognize her. But when I looked into her eyes and heard her voice, I realized she was a patient I had taken care of. She looked so different — her hair had grown out and she wasn’t pale anymore — but that spark inside her was still the same. Working in inpatient care, I don’t usually get to see people once they’re released from the hospital. To have her come back and tell me how well she was doing made me feel like I was part of her success. That day, she let me share in her remission, and I’ll never forget it.

Remission A decrease in, or disappearance of, signs and symptoms of cancer. A decrease in, or disappearance of, signs and symptoms of cancer. In partial remission, some (but not all) signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared. In complete remission, all signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared, although cancer still may be in the body.
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How do you like to work with patients?

Each patient I see is more than an individual — they’re connected to a child, a sibling, a partner or a friend. They’re part of a family and community outside of the hospital, and I provide care with that in mind. I also strive to create a comfortable, calm and inclusive atmosphere. There’s no question that’s too frivolous, and I’m always available; even if I’ve just left the room, I will always come back. I’ll do everything I can to guide you through this experience and help you reach your goals, whether that’s a cure, remission or symptom relief. 

Remission A decrease in, or disappearance of, signs and symptoms of cancer. A decrease in, or disappearance of, signs and symptoms of cancer. In partial remission, some (but not all) signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared. In complete remission, all signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared, although cancer still may be in the body. 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.

Provider background

Malignant and non-malignant blood disorders, inpatient care

I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) who has served on the bone marrow transplant service since 2009. Currently, I provide inpatient care at UW Medical Center, where I work with those who are being treated for a variety of malignant and non-malignant blood disorders. My expertise includes caring for patients undergoing a transplant as well as receiving immunotherapies or other treatments as part of a clinical trial. In addition to providing care, I am the inpatient advanced practice provider lead. In this role, I mentor new ARNPs and physician assistants and fulfill other leadership responsibilities.  

Benign Not cancer. Benign tumors may grow larger but do not spread to other parts of the body. Bone marrow The soft, spongy material in the center of your bones that produces all your blood cells, such as white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Clinical trial A type of research study that tests how well new medical approaches work in people. These studies test new methods of screening, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of a disease. Immunotherapy A type of therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection and other diseases. A therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection and other diseases. Some immunotherapies only target certain cells of the immune system. Others affect the immune system in a general way. Types of immunotherapy include cytokines, vaccines, bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and some monoclonal antibodies. Nonmalignant Not cancer. Nonmalignant tumors may grow larger but do not spread to other parts of the body. Also called benign. Nurse practitioner A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat disease. In cancer care, a nurse practitioner may manage the primary care of patients and their families. A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat disease. Nurse practitioners are licensed at the state level and certified by national nursing organizations. In cancer care, a nurse practitioner may manage the primary care of patients and their families, based on a practice agreement with a physician. Physician assistant A health professional who is licensed to do certain medical procedures under the guidance of a physician. A health professional who is licensed to do certain medical procedures under the guidance of a physician. A physician assistant may take medical histories, do physical exams, take blood and urine samples, care for wounds and give injections and immunizations.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
Seattle University
Board Certification
Family Nurse Practitioner, 2008, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Languages
English
Awards
Seattle Met's 2021 Top Doctors Award

Joanne received this peer-nominated award for delivering exceptional patient care multiple years in a row.

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.

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.
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.