Victor A. Chow, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Bone marrow transplantation
Getting to know patients over time, in moments of celebration or challenges, is one of the most rewarding parts of oncology.”
What personal experiences have informed your approach to cancer care?
My grandmother passed away from cancer the summer before I started middle school, and my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer during my first year of medical school. While they had different outcomes — my mother is alive and healthy more than 10 years after her diagnosis — both instances taught me that cancer has an overwhelming impact on everything and everyone it touches. That’s why I believe cancer care should be multifaceted, addressing not only the individual but also that person’s support network.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I specialize in treating patients with Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas, which originate from white blood cells called lymphocytes. While these cancers can affect people of all ages, there is much excitement stemming from the approval of multiple novel, targeted agents and advances in cellular-based therapies for treating these cancers. I look forward to discussing them with you. In addition to caring for patients, I also conduct clinical research in lymphoma utilizing combination approaches with cellular-based therapies.
What’s it like to work with you?
My approach to care is simple: Actively listen, address whatever concerns arise and form a treatment plan that complements your wishes and draws on my clinical expertise. I enjoy helping patients and their families understand what treatments make the most sense at any given time during their disease course — whether it’s options that follow the standard of care, clinical trials or cellular therapies such as stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy.