Kristin M. Geary, ARNP, MSN

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Teaching Associate
University of Washington School of Medicine
“My goal is to help you through this experience, day by day.”
— Kristin
Describe your journey to oncology.

When my grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer, it was a really difficult time for my family, but I was impressed with the medical staff who took care of her. Years later, I ended up working in a lab focused on leukemia research, studying the basic science of hematopoietic stem cells (immature cells that can become any kind of blood cell). I’ve always been interested in science and health, so I enjoyed the work, but I realized that something was missing: working directly with patients. Moving from the lab to the bedside was a better fit for my personality; I feel I’ve been able to contribute more in this setting.

Hematopoietic stem cell An immature cell that can develop into all types of blood cells, including white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Hematopoietic stem cells are found in the blood and the bone marrow. An immature cell that can develop into all types of blood cells, including white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Hematopoietic stem cells are found in the blood and the bone marrow. Also called blood stem cell.
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What's it like to work with you?

My primary purpose is to address your medical issues while also supporting you through diagnosis and treatment. Open communication is essential to a successful partnership. I’m interested in learning about who you are, your goals and expectations for treatment, and what priorities you would like to set. I hope that you’ll feel comfortable coming to me with questions, symptoms that trouble you — big or small — and any concerns you have about treatment.

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

Blood cancers

I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner who specializes in caring for patients with blood cancers. My clinical expertise spans performing procedures such as bone marrow biopsies, managing side effects and treatment toxicity issues and interpreting diagnostic tests, among many other services. With more than 10 years of experience in hematology-oncology, I’m attuned to ongoing research in the field and always looking for ways to incorporate the latest advances into my practice.

Biopsy The removal of a sample of tissue or fluid that is examined to see whether cancer is present. This may be done with a large needle or through surgical removal of tissue or fluids. 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. Diagnostic test A type of test used to help diagnose a disease or condition. Mammograms (for breast cancer) and colonoscopies (for colon cancer) are examples of diagnostic tests. 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. Side effects A problem that occurs when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Some side effects of cancer treatment are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, decreased blood cell counts, hair loss and mouth sores. Side effects A problem that occurs when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Some side effects of cancer treatment are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, decreased blood cell counts, hair loss and mouth sores.
Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
Simmons College
Board Certification
Adult Health Nurse Practitioner, 2008, American Nurses Credentialing Center
Languages
English

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.