Lindsay Hannan, MD, MSPH
My first real exposure to the impact of cancer happened when I was working as an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society. I was analyzing data sets of patients with cancer when I realized that wasn’t enough for me; I wanted to learn how to take care of people, rather than just research how to prevent or control disease. What further propelled me toward making this career change was witnessing a few coworkers go through cancer treatment and seeing the toll it took on them and their families. It’s hard to appreciate what a cancer diagnosis really means — the fundamental unfairness of it — until you or someone close to you is affected. Now, as an oncologist, what I love about this field is getting to know patients and being a source of support and expertise for them over time.
I tether my care to what your values are as an individual and also what’s important to your family as a whole. My approach to care is defined by a blend of compassion and pragmatism; I want to help you live your life during treatment. If you can’t pursue the activities that bring you meaning and joy, then I’m not really doing my job.
Specialty: Medical Oncology
I am a board-certified medical oncologist who treats patients with cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. These malignancies can affect a variety of organs, such as the esophagus, liver and pancreas. I also provide care for those with neuroendocrine tumors, a rare form of cancer in cells that produce hormones and interact with the nervous system. Prior to becoming an oncologist at SCCA, I spent five years working in public health.
My research interests include improving health outcomes and the utilization of resources. While completing a fellowship at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, I developed search tools to improve the way we organize and interpret clinical data. This data can answer important questions about the diagnosis and progression of disease, ultimately helping us tailor our approach to treatment.
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.