Buchanan Claire L

Claire L. Buchanan, M.D., 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
  • abnormal mammogram
  • aspiration breast cyst
  • benign breast lump
  • breast abscess
  • breast atrophy
  • breast biopsy
  • breast cancer
  • breast cancer follow up
  • breast cancer genetic testing
  • breast cancer genetics
  • breast conservation
  • breast cyst
  • breast diseases
  • breast fibrosis
  • breast fine needle aspiration
  • breast hypoplasia
  • breast lump
  • breast surgery
  • cancer
  • cancer of ge junction
  • cancer screening
  • cancer surgery
  • carcinoid of stomach
  • carcinoma in situ of breast
  • congenital hypoplasia of breast
  • contusion of breast
  • cryoablation
  • cystadenoma of pancreas
  • cystosarcoma phylloides
  • cytoreduction surgery
  • dysplasia of breast
  • er positive breast cancer
  • family history of breast cancer
  • galactocele
  • galactorrhea
  • gastrin secreting tumor of pancreas
  • gynecomastia
  • hypertrophy of breast
  • hypopigmented nipple lesion
  • hypoplasia of breast
  • inverted nipple
  • leiomyosarcoma
  • liposarcoma
  • lumpectomy
  • lymphedema
  • male breast cancer
  • mammary duct ectasia
  • mammary dysplasia
  • mammogram
  • mastectomy
  • mastodynia
  • mastotomy
  • melanoma on ear
  • melanoma on face
  • microcalcifications
  • mondor's disease
  • myxofibrosarcoma
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • nipple discharge
  • nipple fissure
  • nipple lesion
  • post partum mastitis
  • postmastectomy lymphedema syndrome
  • quadrantectomy
  • sentinel node biopsy
  • surgical staging
  • thrombophlebitis
  • women's health

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 (89 Ratings, 26 Comments)

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09/25/2016
exceptionally excellent
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08/31/2016
Brilliant, respected, and take charge provider - don't loose Buchanan.
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08/24/2016
Dr. Claire is the best and I have been so blessed to be in her care. I would recommend her to anyone who has breast cancer. She has such a wonderful bedside manner. Very caring and gentle.
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08/16/2016
She is the very best!!!
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08/10/2016
"Very good" is too mild. Dr. Buchanan is extraordinary in her care, knowledge & communication & respect.
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07/19/2016
Dr. Buchanan is caring & competent. I have already recommended her to a friend who has breast cancer & would recommend her again - I appreciate her compassion & skill.
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07/12/2016
Dr. Claire Buchanan is top notch!
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06/29/2016
In the past three years I have had to see a number of physicians related to my breast cancer diagnosis. Drs. Buchanan and [...] are without a doubt the absolute best physicians I have had the privilege of working with. Their knowledge, expertise, curiosity, and deep care for their patients is outstanding. I am forever grateful for their exceptional care of me -- and their tremendous leadership example.
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06/29/2016
Dr Buchanan sets the bar for any other doctors I may see pretty high.
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06/21/2016
Dr. Buchanan is the best.
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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.
1221 Madison St.
6th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
206-215-6401