L. Christine Fang, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Breast cancer, gynecologic cancers
I believe in treating the person, not the disease.”
Why do you practice oncology?
"Cancer is almost always an unexpected, unwelcome, and scary event when it arrives in one’s life," she says. "My goal is to take part in treating, guiding, and supporting my patients through this unwelcome event so that they can go back to their lives free of cancer and with as few lingering side effects as possible." Dr. Fang decided to care for cancer patients because, "I can think of few greater privileges than serving my patients and their loved ones during this time." One of Dr. Fang's current research interests is novel radiation techniques to minimize radiation-related side effects for breast cancer. Along with the SCCA radiation oncology team, Dr. Fang developed a high-tech approach to protect the heart during radiation treatment for breast cancer. Utilizing Calypso, a GPS-like system originally developed for prostate cancer, the patient's position can be very precisely monitored while the radiation beam is on. 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 exposure to the heart is minimized or virtually eliminated.