Dr. Cohen is a medical oncologist who specializes in treating people with colorectal and other gastrointestinal cancers.
I approach each patient as an individual and tailor my treatment recommendations to meet his or her goals. As a physician, I have the opportunity to teach and learn from my patients, as we work together to navigate difficult decisions. I aim to treat my patients with respect and compassion, maintaining an open and honest relationship with each one.
Colorectal cancer, early onset cancer, hereditary cancers, gastrointestinal cancers
- Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
- MD: University of Michigan Medical School
- Residency: University of Michigan
- Fellowship: University of Washington and Fred Hutch
To Dr. Stacey Cohen, the most interesting and important part of science is how to apply what one learns to improve people’s lives. “When I realized what an impact I could make as a doctor, I decided to go to medical school,” she said. “Being in oncology gives me a chance to establish a deep and long-standing relationship with my patients. I consider it an honor to be a part of patients’ lives at such a difficult and impactful time. I learn so much from my patients and it motivates me to continue in this field. I try to help my patients with challenging decisions by understanding each person’s values and preferences.”
Dr. Cohen has a long-standing interest in genetics. She became motivated to participate in cancer research after learning of the number of younger people diagnosed with cancer every year. “I would like to improve screening and early detection methods for cancer,” she said. “I aim to improve recognition of familial cancers and to better understand the cancers in patients diagnosed at an early age.”
Understanding that things take time, Dr. Cohen expects that doctors will be using much more advanced diagnostic techniques to better select treatments for individual patients. “I hope that this will lead to more benefit and less side effects from each treatment that is given,” she said. “I have focused on how our genetics will influence cancer and cancer treatment as I think this is an area that will be of increasing importance in the years to come.”
When she isn’t caring for patients, Dr. Cohen enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and being outside hiking, biking, and snowshoeing.