Lauren D. Hamman, DNP, ARNP

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Teaching Associate, Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine
“I chose this field so that I could accompany you through hardship.”
— Lauren
How do you provide holistic care?

An important part of providing holistic care is respecting people from all walks of life. It’s about making shared decisions, not assigning a one-size-fits-all approach to breast cancer treatment or surveillance. Shared decision-making starts with us getting to know each other. I always ask questions instead of assuming I know anything about who you are and how breast cancer is affecting you personally. A diagnosis can be far-reaching in the ways it changes your life. Beyond the obvious physical issues, there are psychological, social, spiritual and practical concerns that commonly crop up. I strive to acknowledge those issues and help you adapt.

Surveillance Closely watching a patient’s condition but not treating it unless there are changes in test results. Surveillance is also used to find early signs that a disease has come back. In medicine, surveillance means closely watching a patient’s condition but not treating it unless there are changes in test results. Surveillance is also used to find early signs that a disease has come back. It may also be used for a person who has an increased risk of a disease, such as cancer. During surveillance, certain exams and tests are done on a regular schedule. In public health, surveillance may also refer to the ongoing collection of information about a disease, such as cancer, in a certain group of people. The information collected may include where the disease occurs in a population and whether it affects people of a certain gender, age or ethnic group.
Hamman
What’s it like to work with you?

I enjoy meeting you where you are, whether you’re feeling calm, uncertain or in the grips of a crisis. Each person’s breast issues manifest differently so I’m especially interested in listening to your specific experience and taking that into account before recommending a plan. What you can expect from me is compassion and straightforward clinical knowledge about how to address your concerns. Above all, I believe in creating a safe, comfortable experience for anyone who walks through my door, including people of all genders.

Provider background

Breast cancer

As an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP), I specialize in breast oncology and women’s health. My background includes caring for patients in the intensive care unit and serving as a sexual assault nurse examiner. Today, my practice spans breast cancer screening and diagnosis as well as the treatment of benign breast problems. I provide surveillance for survivors and patients at high risk of developing breast cancer due to genetic mutations or family history. I also work closely with breast cancer surgeons to provide follow-up care and perform in-office procedures. Through SCCA’s NOW clinic, I offer guidance to patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer before they meet with their treatment team.

Benign Not cancer. Benign tumors may grow larger but do not spread to other parts of the body. 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. Screening Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease Checking for disease when there are no symptoms. Because screening may find diseases at an early stage, there may be a better chance of curing the disease. Examples of cancer screening tests are the mammogram (for breast cancer), colonoscopy (for colon cancer) and Pap and HPV tests (for cervical cancer). Screening can also include a genetic test to check for a person’s risk of developing an inherited disease. Surveillance Closely watching a patient’s condition but not treating it unless there are changes in test results. Surveillance is also used to find early signs that a disease has come back. In medicine, surveillance means closely watching a patient’s condition but not treating it unless there are changes in test results. Surveillance is also used to find early signs that a disease has come back. It may also be used for a person who has an increased risk of a disease, such as cancer. During surveillance, certain exams and tests are done on a regular schedule. In public health, surveillance may also refer to the ongoing collection of information about a disease, such as cancer, in a certain group of people. The information collected may include where the disease occurs in a population and whether it affects people of a certain gender, age or ethnic group.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Seattle Pacific University
Medical Degree
University of Washington School of Nursing
Board Certification
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, 2015, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
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.
David R. Byrd, MD
David R. Byrd, MD
Physician
Surgery
Kristine E. Calhoun, MD
Kristine E. Calhoun, MD
Physician
Surgery
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.

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