L. Christine Fang, MD

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Physician
UW Medicine
Specialty:
Radiation Oncology
“It is a great privilege to be a part of your life during this challenging time.”
— Dr. Fang
Why do you practice oncology?

Cancer is an unexpected, unwelcome and scary event when it arrives in anyone’s life. Being an oncologist allows me to help you and your loved ones through this time and provide you with the best treatment options. My goal is to offer care, guidance and support so you can go back to your life free of cancer and with as few side effects as possible. I am honored to care for you, and I strive to deliver the level of compassion, understanding, patience, medical expertise and skill that I would insist upon for my own loved ones.

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What is your approach to patient care?

The most important aspect to my work is delivering the best care possible to you. Part of this means building a personal relationship full of compassion, empathy, patience and hope. I believe in treating you as a person, not just as a patient, and I place a strong emphasis on clear communication with you, so you understand the disease, prognosis, treatment options and what to expect during treatment.

Provider background

Specialty: Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology

I am a radiation oncologist with expertise in using proton therapy to treat breast and gynecological cancers. I am also an associate professor of radiation oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

When I am not seeing patients, I am involved in research on novel radiation techniques to minimize radiation-related side effects for breast cancer. Along with the SCCA radiation oncology team, I helped develop a high-tech approach to protect the heart during radiation treatment for breast cancer. Using Calypso, a GPS-like system originally developed for prostate cancer, the patient's position can be very precisely monitored during radiation. Patients are asked to take a deep breath during radiation treatment, which naturally moves the heart away from the breast and the radiation beam. The Calypso system allows real-time continuous tracking to ensure that the heart’s exposure is minimized or virtually eliminated. 

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
University of Utah School of Medicine
Residency
University of Washington Medical Center
Fellowship
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Board Certification
Radiation Oncology, 2011, American Board of Radiology
Languages
English
Taiwanese
Chinese (Mandarin)
Awards
The Athena Endowed Award for Excellence in Breast Cancer Research, 2013

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.

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)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
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.