Seth M. Pollack, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
I became a doctor so I could help provide strength and fight for people when they don't have the strength themselves.”
How do you approach caring for patients?
I know personally what it’s like to lose a family member to cancer, and I understand what a help it is to have a compassionate doctor who listens and takes the time to explain things clearly. I believe in fighting as hard as I can to help cure you. When a cancer isn’t curable, I strive to help you live — with an excellent quality of life — for as long as possible. My dream is that in my lifetime, we’ll be able to cure patients who are today considered incurable; that’s why I specialize in caring for patients with sarcoma. By researching rare forms of sarcoma and how the body’s immune system works with these cancers, I’m able to give my patients access to treatments that are only available thanks to the innovative research here at SCCA.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
In the past, there hasn’t been as much research for sarcoma as other cancers, because it’s extremely rare. In the Pollack Lab, we’ve developed multiple new immunotherapies for patients with advanced sarcoma. I invite you to learn more about our most recent projects, current novel immunotherapy trials for sarcoma patients that are not available anywhere else in the world and some of my recent publications.
At SCCA, we focus on enhancing your immune response against cancer. As part of my commitment to developing potential cures for uterine sarcoma, I have published white papers and conducted clinical trials of immune-based therapies targeting this disease. Every patient is different — that’s why I work to personalize your care plan to align with the needs and values of you and your family so you’re more in control of your care.
What's the focus of your research?
My focus at SCCA is bringing promising new treatments to patients faster, so there are more treatment options here than you might find elsewhere. All of our sarcoma doctors are involved in clinical studies and trials. The Pollack Lab is the only laboratory in the world solely focused on harnessing the power of the immune system to cure bone and soft tissue sarcoma. Our lab gives us an extra edge in developing effective trials and treatments, such as new trials using T-cells that are specifically targeted for patients’ tumors. We also study the way sarcomas avoid being recognized by patients’ immune systems so we can figure out new strategies for helping the immune system identify these cancers.