L. Christine Fang, MD
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.
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.
Specialty: 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.
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.