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The Top Doctor award is a peer-nominated award for providers who give exceptional care.

Stacey A. Cohen, MD

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Associate Professor, Division of Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Physician
UW Medicine
Associate Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“I approach each patient as an individual, tailoring my treatment recommendations to meet your goals and helping you with decisions by understanding your values and preferences.”
— Dr. Cohen
What’s the focus of your research?

My work focuses on the influence of genetics on high-risk gastrointestinal cancers and cancer treatment. I became motivated to participate in research after learning of the number of younger people diagnosed with cancer every year. I’d like to improve screening and early-detection methods, improve recognition of familial cancers and better understand cancers in people diagnosed at an early age. These things take time, but I expect doctors will soon be using much more advanced diagnostic techniques to better select treatments for individual patients, and I hope this will lead to more benefit and fewer side effects from each treatment given.

Gastrointestinal Refers to the stomach and intestines. Also called GI. 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. Side effects A problem that occurs when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Some side effects of cancer treatment are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, decreased blood cell counts, hair loss and mouth sores.
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What’s your approach to patient care?

Being in oncology gives me a chance to establish deep and long-term relationships with my patients. I consider it an honor to be a part of your life at such a difficult and impactful time. My aim is to always treat you with respect and compassion, maintaining an open and honest relationship. As your physician, I appreciate the opportunity to both teach and learn from you as we work together to navigate difficult decisions. I learn so much from my patients, and it motivates me to continue in this field.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Gastrointestinal cancers

Gastrointestinal oncology

As a medical oncologist who specializes in treating people with gastrointestinal (GI) cancers at SCCA, my areas of expertise include colorectal, pancreatic and anal cancers, early onset cancers and hereditary cancers. I’m also a UW assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Oncology.

Gastrointestinal Refers to the stomach and intestines. Also called GI. Hereditary In medicine, this describes the passing of genetic information from parent to child through the genes in sperm and egg cells. Also called inherited. Medical oncologist A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer in adults using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy. A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer in adults using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy and targeted therapy. A medical oncologist is often the main health care provider for someone who has cancer. A medical oncologist also gives supportive care and may coordinate treatment given by other specialists.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Brandeis University
Medical Degree
University of Michigan
Residency
University of Michigan Medical Center
Fellowship
University of Washington, Oncology Fellowship Program
Board Certification
Medical Oncology, 2015; Internal Medicine, 2011, American Board of Internal Medicine
Languages
English
Awards
Seattle Met's 2021 Top Doctors award

Dr. Cohen has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award.

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:
NCT04505553
Oral Cryotherapy Plus Acupressure and Acupuncture Versus Oral Cryotherapy for Decreasing Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy From Oxaliplatin-Based Chemotherapy in Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancer
Complete title
Pilot Study of Oral Cryotherapy vs. Oral Cryotherapy Plus Acupuncture and Acupressure to Decrease Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy from Oxaliplatin-Based Chemotherapy for GI cancers
Study ID:
NCT02912559
Combination Chemotherapy With or Without Atezolizumab in Treating Patients With Stage III Colon Cancer and Deficient DNA Mismatch Repair
Complete title
Randomized Trial of Standard Chemotherapy Alone or Combined with Atezolizumab as Adjuvant Therapy for Patients with Stage III Colon Cancer and Deficient DNA Mismatch Repair (ATOMIC: Adjuvant Trial of Deficient Mismatch Repair in Colon Cancer)

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.
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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