L. Christine Fang, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Breast cancer, gynecologic cancers
It is a great privilege to be a part of your life during this challenging time.”
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.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
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.
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.