Waylene A. Wang, MD

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor
University of Washington School of Medicine
Medical Director, Radiation Oncology
UW Medical Center-Northwest
Specialty:
Radiation Oncology
“I strive to educate and empower my patients as they face cancer.”
— Dr. Wang
Why do you practice oncology?

Waylene Wang, MD is the medical director at SCCA Radiation Oncology at UW Medical Center-Northwest. As a physician, she “strives to educate and empower” her patients as they face cancer. “I like stories,” she said. “Both the telling and hearing of others. It is a privilege to share a part of my patients’ stories as they take this journey.” Dr. Wang became a physician because she sought a challenge. “Of course at the time I had no idea what challenges were ahead,” she said. “Pre-medical studies couldn’t compare with the onslaught of material to be learned in medical school.” Then the training became more clinical and more practical the longer she was in medicine. “I felt as though I had discovered reality, people living life authentically as they face their fears with vulnerability and the whole gamut of human emotions.” She was in her first month of internship in internal medicine at the Veteran’s hospital when she cared for a patient who had metastatic lung cancer. “Every morning on rounds, he would tell me how much pain he was in from a forearm bone metastasis. No matter how I adjusted and increased his pain medication, he was miserable. I knew he was going to the basement for radiation to his lung primary. Finally, in desperation I said, ‘When you go for your lung radiation, can you ask them if they can stick your arm in the beam, too?’ He came back with purple ink on his forearm. After one fraction, he said, ‘I could kiss you. I had my first good night’s sleep since I’ve been here.’ So I was intrigued. What goes on in the basement in radiation oncology? And I was hooked. I haven’t looked back since and feel blessed to be in the best specialty.” Outside of work, Dr. Wang enjoys spending time with her family and friends, long conversations, travel, and reading.

Metastatic A metastatic cancer is a cancer that has spread to other areas of the body by way of the lymph system or bloodstream.

Provider background

Specialty: Radiation Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Breast cancers

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Residency
Loma Linda University School of Medical
Languages
English

Stories

Introducing proton therapy providers and staff

Meet Drs. Janice Kim and Waylene Wang, Fred Hutch breast cancer specialists who are taking a more active role at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center - Proton Therapy. We would also like to introduce you to our social worker, Elizabeth Darlington, MSW, LICSW, and patient care coordinator, Morgan Lewis, who both directly support proton therapy patients. 

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.

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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