Ryan D. Cassaday, MD

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Associate Professor, Division of Hematology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Specialty:
Hematology Oncology
“My goal is to find the best strategy for each individual patient I see, with the hope of providing the best balance of quality and quantity of life that I can.”
— Dr. Cassaday
What do you enjoy most about being an oncologist?

I wanted to be able to use my interest in science to help people in a meaningful way. I’ve found that balance as a hematologist-oncologist. Not only do I care for current patients with cancer, I also review past SCCA patients to identify patterns that might predict how we can better treat future patients.

Hematologist A physician who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues. Oncologist A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer. Some oncologists specialize in a particular type of cancer treatment, such as treating cancer with radiation. A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer. Some oncologists specialize in a particular type of cancer treatment. For example, a radiation oncologist specializes in treating cancer with radiation.
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How does research play a role in your work?

Research is a critical part of my work at SCCA, even though I don’t conduct any laboratory-based research. However, I collaborate with colleagues who do, and I apply their observations and discoveries to patient care. I am involved in several clinical trials testing new treatments for patients with ALL. Clinical trials really help move our field forward and, for some diseases, it’s how we meet unmet needs. However, I understand that a clinical trial may not be the right option for every patient.

Clinical trial A type of research study that tests how well new medical approaches work in people. These studies test new methods of screening, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of a disease.

Provider background

Specialty: Hematology Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Cellular immunotherapy, hematologic malignancies

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia

It’s a relatively rare disease, but by coming to a place like Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), you’ll have access to teams that focus on one disease, which is a unique approach. I’m a hematologist-oncologist and I work with a team where acute lymphoblastic leukemia is our key focus. In my clinic, it’s literally all that I do.

Hematologist A physician who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues. Immunotherapy A type of therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection and other diseases. A therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection and other diseases. Some immunotherapies only target certain cells of the immune system. Others affect the immune system in a general way. Types of immunotherapy include cytokines, vaccines, bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and some monoclonal antibodies.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical Degree
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
Residency
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, Internal Medicine
Fellowship
University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Hematology-Oncology
Board Certification
Medical Oncology, 2013; Hematology, 2013; Internal Medicine, 2010, American Board of Internal Medicine
Languages
English

Stories

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.

Study ID:
NCT04817761
Calaspargase Pegol in Adults With ALL
Complete title
A Multi-center, Open-label, Single-arm Phase 2/3 Trial Evaluating the Safety and Pharmacokinetics of Calaspargase Pegol for Treatment of Adults Aged 22 To >65 Years with Newly-diagnosed Philadelphia-negative ALL
Study ID:
NCT04315324
Study to Test AKR1C3-Activated Prodrug OBI-3424 (OBI-3424) in Patients With Relapsed/Refractory T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-ALL)
Complete title
A PHASE I/II STUDY OF AKR1C3-ACTIVATED PRODRUG OBI-3424 (OBI-3424) IN PATIENTS WITH RELAPSED/REFRACTORY T-CELL ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA (T-ALL) / T-CELL LYMPHOBLASTIC LYMPHOMA (T-LBL)
Study ID:
NCT04521231
A Study of Subcutaneous Blinatumomab Administration in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Patients
Complete title
A Phase 1b Open-label Study to Investigate the Safety and Pharmacokinetics of Administration of Subcutaneous Blinatumomab for the Treatment of adults with Relapsed or Refractory B cell Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (R/R B-ALL)

Publications

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.

Press

SCCA providers are often asked to give their medical expertise for press and news publications. Read articles by or about this SCCA provider.

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.
Christen N. Martino, ARNP
Christen N. Martino, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
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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