Claire L. Buchanan, MD, FACS


Specialties
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Breast Surgery
Accepting New Patients
1221 Madison St.
6th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
206-215-6400
206-215-6401

General Information


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
  • Breast Surgery
  • 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
Languages
  • English
Professional Associations
Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Sociey of Breast Disease

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 ...

Clinical Experience

Specialties
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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
 

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 (87 Ratings, 27 Comments)

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05/08/2016
Claire has an excellent memory and shows empathy in a kind professional matter.
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05/05/2016
Claire is exceptional - the whole package, very smart & very kind & caring.
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05/03/2016
an exceptional provider and overall experience
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04/24/2016
Best care that I've ever received Dr. Buchanan - Very good!!
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03/28/2016
Dr. Buchanan is wonderful, kind, listens, explains.
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03/10/2016
Very clear, positive, confident, decicive, and open minded.
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02/09/2016
I was lucky to get this provider was my first choice.
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02/07/2016
Very friendly, upbeat provider, clearly an expert in her field. As I am an RN [...], I was most appreciative of her extensive review of information, pathology, and recent radiology tests. Lots of opportunity for discussion available.
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02/04/2016
Dr. Buchanan is wonderful.
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01/12/2016
Dr. Claire Buchanan is my favorite doctor. I have only had to see her twice over the last 8 years but her bedside manner, professionalism, authenticity and care is immpecable.
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01/05/2016
Claire Buchannan is the best doctor I have encountered. Cancer was the scariest diagnosis I have ever had but she made every step of the experience positive by educating me, listening to me, removing the cancer, choosing the best diagnostic methods, anesthesiolist, etc. based on what i told her about my fears and wishes. I still feel so grateful and connected to her as one of the best humans I have met in my life: professional, kind, thorough, highly skilled, compassionate. Superlatives abound!
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12/27/2015
Dr. Buchanan is a top notch doc. She is so very easy going, listens attentively, and her personality is so enjoyable. She has a great sense of humor, which is an absolute must for me.
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12/22/2015
Dr Buchanan is the best
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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!
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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.
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07/14/2015
She is amazing. I couldnt imagine going through my cancer treatment without Dr. Buchanan.
1221 Madison St.
6th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
206-215-6401