Biography & Education

Biography
I encourage my patients to become full participants in their care. I believe a team approach with the patient as an equal partner in the decision making process is essential for a thorough and thoughtful approach to treatment.
Specialties
  • Surgical Oncology
Education Background
Medical School: University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
Residency: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, General Surgery
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center-Breast Surgery
Awards
Seattle Top Doc July 2013, Dr. Michael Burt Award for Clnical Excellence June 2005, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Languages
  • English
Professional Associations
Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Sociey of Breast Disease

Care Locations

1221 Madison St.
6th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Fax 206-215-6401
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Medicare

Publications

Blog

Bilateral Mastectomies: a patient�s personal decision

September 08, 2014
Last week the Seattle Times reported that women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in one breast are choosing to have bilateral mastectomies to reduce their chances of getting cancer again, but recent research shows that that there is no survival benefit, even in younger women. Researchers at Stanford and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California evaluated the outcomes of over 190,000 women from the California Cancer registry who were diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast between 1998 and 2011. The rate of bilateral mastectomies rose from 2% to 12.3% over the study period, yet there was no survival benefit to bilateral mastectomies versus lumpectomy and radiation. To those of us who work in the field, this data comes as no surprise; the trend of bilateral mastectomies is a known phenomenon. More than 10 years ago, I remember the chatter among surgeons at national meetings asking if others noticed that more and more, younger women were coming in asking for bilateral mastectomies. ...

Reducing visits to the operating room for breast cancer patients

May 23, 2014
Swedish Cancer Institute has changed the way early stage breast cancer patients are cared for by adopting new surgical margin guidelines.  These guidelines will reduce the need for taking women back to the operating room if cancer cells are found at or near the specimen edge, also known as the margin. Following extensive review of the data, this new guideline was established by breast experts from the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Radiation Oncology and has been endorsed by the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.   Many women with early stage invasive breast cancer opt for breast conserving surgery, known as lumpectomy or partial mastectomy. For 20-25% of these patients, a second surgery or re-excision was performed ...

Specialties

Clinical Interests
  • Breast Aspiration
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Pathology
  • Breast Surgeons
  • Breast Surgeons & Breast Health Professionsals
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.9 out of 5 (83 Ratings, 22 Comments)

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11/24/2015
I would definitely recommend Dr. Buchanan to friends and family in need of breast cancer treatment.
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11/15/2015
Dr. Buchanan is an amazing doctor. I have recommended her to people. I travel from Yakima to see her. Nothing to say but good things about her
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11/09/2015
I have tremendous respect for Claire Buchanan.
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11/03/2015
By far my most favorite doctor. She is always genuinely concerned about your wellbeing and makes you feel like an old friend.
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11/02/2015
Dr. Buchanan is the BEST! Great bedside manner and excellent physician!
Swedish Patient
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10/26/2015
Highly recommend Dr. Buchanan
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10/22/2015
Very good she had documents backing up latest treatment for my issues.
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10/22/2015
Dr. Buchanan is always wonderful.
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09/06/2015
I always have a very positive experience with this physician. Personal and professional, and she gives me detailed information so I have a good understanding of my situation.
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08/31/2015
Dr. Buchanan is tops! Excellent care!
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08/27/2015
I respect & trust Dr. Buchanan!
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08/18/2015
Claire is personable, approachable and genuine!
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07/22/2015
Dr. Buchanan provides the most thorough explanations given by any doctor. Informative but understanding. Dr. [...] was very good too.
Swedish Patient
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07/14/2015
She is amazing. I couldnt imagine going through my cancer treatment without Dr. Buchanan.
Swedish Patient
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06/25/2015
Dr. Buchanan was very compassionate even though she knew I was seeking a second opinion & very clear about her treatment recommendation -
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06/16/2015
I appreciate Claire Buchanan's communication skills, as well as the medical care I received. She uses technology well and makes sure her notes are sent to my PCP as well as to me. She explains the pros and cons of treatment alternatives, makes recommendations and respects my final decision.
Swedish Patient
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06/11/2015
I have recommended her to others.
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06/02/2015
I already have recommended her.
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05/24/2015
Dr. Buchanan provided my care at this appointment. She was even the one who came out to the waiting room to call my name. She is so personable and explains everything in such a clear way. When I was concerned about my biopsies she even called the radiologist herself to explain my situation. I couldn't ask for a better surgeon to be on my team of care.
Swedish Patient
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04/28/2015
Dr. B. is the best! An excellent surgeon and a kind & caring human being.
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01/27/2015
Dr Claire Buchanan is one of the very finest surgeons and physicians in her field. She is supremely caring. I would trust her with my life. I am now five years out from cancer surgery and see her once a year. She always remembers details from our previous conversation and takes enough time to address my questions.
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01/22/2015
Dr. Buchanan is an excellent physician with excellent bedside manner. She provides a model for how all physicians should behave in caring for patients.
Swedish Patient