Claire Buchanan
Claire L. Buchanan, M.D., FACS

Claire L. Buchanan, M.D., FACS

Claire L. Buchanan, M.D., FACS
Specialty

Breast Surgery, Breast-Cancer Surgery

Clinical Interests / Special Procedures Performed

Breast Aspiration, Breast Biopsy, Breast Cancer, Breast Pathology, Breast Surgery, Cancer Screening, Cancer Surgery, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

  • Accepting Children: No
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Payment Methods Accepted:

Medicare, Medicaid/DSHS, Bill Insurance, VISA, Master Card, Cash, Check, American Express, Discover Card, Money Order

Insurance Accepted:

Contact this office for accepted insurance plans.

Additional Information:

Research Fellow, University of Southern California, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Fellow, American College of Surgeons Candidate, Society of Surgical Oncology Member, American Society of Breast Surgeons Member, American Society of Breast Diseases Member, Association of Women Surgeons


Dr. Buchanan was voted "Top Doctors" in Seattle Magazine (2013, 2014).

Surveys were mailed to physicians in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The survey asked physicians to name the provider they would seek out or recommend to loved ones.

News Release

Philosophy of Care

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.

Medical School

University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine

Residency

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-General Surgery

Fellowship(s)

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center-Breast Surgery

Board Certifications

General Surgery, June 2005

Professional Associations:

Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Sociey of Breast Disease

Awards:

Seattle Top Doc July 2013, Dr. Michael Burt Award for Clnical Excellence June 2005, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Additional Information:

Research Fellow, University of Southern California, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Fellow, American College of Surgeons Candidate, Society of Surgical Oncology Member, American Society of Breast Surgeons Member, American Society of Breast Diseases Member, Association of Women Surgeons


Dr. Buchanan was voted "Top Doctors" in Seattle Magazine (2013, 2014).

Surveys were mailed to physicians in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The survey asked physicians to name the provider they would seek out or recommend to loved ones.

News Release

Bilateral Mastectomies: a patient’s personal decision

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. Back in 2007, Dr. Todd Tuttle authored a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that found that the rate of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy was on the rise, from just under 2% in 1998 to 5% in 2003. This week’s study only validates that this upward trend shows no sign of leveling off.

Why do patients choose bilateral mastectomies?

Many women ....

Reducing visits to the operating room for breast cancer patients

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 because the margin was not considered adequate based on previous practice guidelines. The latest peer reviewed evidence shows disease control is excellent when surgery is combined with whole breast radiation with or without hormonal therapy and/or chemotherapy, regardless of the margin width.
 
The Swedish Cancer Institute’s multidisciplinary breast cancer team reviewed and approved these guidelines for our program. We believe by reducing the need ...

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