Lisa M. So, PA-C
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
My patients have taught me a lot. They’ve taught me perseverance and about the importance of taking everything one day at a time.”
Why do you work in oncology?
Since becoming a PA, I worked on the stem cell transplant service for many years, and then for several years in radiology. But, I found I missed caring for cancer patients, so I came back to SCCA in 2018. Work in oncology is gratifying – anything I can do to help patients going through a very difficult time in their lives is rewarding. I see cancer patients who have an infectious disease both inpatient at SCCA Hospital at UW Medical Center and outpatient at SCCA South Lake Union. My patients have taught me a lot over the years. They’ve taught me perseverance and the importance of taking everything one day at a time.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
Being immunosuppressed from certain chemotherapies places cancer patients at higher risk for certain infections and our service helps to diagnose, treat, and manage them. After meeting the patient, we make recommendations based on each clinical scenario and overall goals of care.
What is your approach to patient care?
I try to make my patients and their families feel comfortable. I explain things and answer questions in as much detail as needed or requested. I recognize that each patient engages differently so I strive to adopt to their unique needs. I always have their best interests at heart.