Cancer Treatment Team

Cancer Treatment Team

Modern cancer treatment requires the input of multiple types of cancer specialists for developing and applying the best treatment plan individualized for each patient.  Diagnostic radiologists and pathologists provide essential information regarding the diagnosis of cancer, the extent of the cancer, and the individual characteristics of each cancer that help to determine the prognosis, the appropriate treatment, and patient’s potential reaction to the treatments.  Surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists are the primary treating physicians, often working together to develop a combination of treatments that offer the best outcome for each individual patient.  Other physicians specialize in caring for and managing the side effects of the treatment and the cancer that the patient might experience through pain management, physical fitness and rehabilitation, mental and spiritual well being, natural medicine, and nutrition.


At Swedish, we create a team of cancer physicians appropriate for each individual patient to optimize our patients’ treatment plan and provide the very best outcome possible.  The team works together in coordinating the diagnostic procedures, reviewing the patient’s unique situation, prescribing and delivering the appropriate treatments, and following the patient post treatment. This team approach provides our patients with the opinion and expertise of the very best physicians.

Breast Surgeons

Breast surgeons are physicians who specialize in performing procedures and surgeries for breast conditions and diseases including breast cancer. Our Swedish breast surgeons are highly experienced in breast cancer surgery as well as diagnosis and preventive surgeries.

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Colorectal Surgeons

Colorectal surgeons are physicians who specialize in performing procedures and surgeries for colon and rectal conditions and diseases including colorectal cancer. Our Swedish colorectal surgeons are all board-certified and highly experienced in colorectal cancer treatment as well as screening and diagnosis.

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Genetic Counselors

Genetic counselors are health professionals with specialized training in genetics, medicine, risk assessment and counseling.

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Gynecologic Oncologists (cervix, ovarian and uterus)

Gynecologic oncologists are physicians who specialize in the treatment of women with cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers. Gynecologic oncologists perform wide-ranging cancer surgeries and prescribe the appropriate chemotherapy.

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Head and Neck Surgeons

Head and neck surgeons are physicians who specialize in performing procedures and surgeries for head and neck cancers that originates within the structures of the head and neck, including the lips, oral cavity, sinus-nasal cavities, pharynx, larynx, lymph nodes of the neck, salivary glands, thyroid and parathyroid glands, and the skin of the head and neck region. Our Swedish head and neck surgeons are highly experienced in head and neck cancer surgeries as well as diagnosis.

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A physiatrist, or physician specializing in rehabilitation medicine, helps restore optimal function and quality of life to people who as a result of illness or injury have reduced ability to participate in everyday activity. An onco-physiatrist is a rehabilitation physician sub-specializing in cancer rehabilitation.

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The psychiatrists are physicians who specialize in the assessment and care of emotional and thinking problems that may arise with cancer, medications, side effects, pain and other stresses. Their practice focuses on cancer-related problems, especially those caused by or interfering with your care.

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Thoracic Surgeons

Thoracic surgeons are physicians who specialize in performing procedures and surgeries for esophageal and thoracic conditions and diseases including esophageal and lung cancer. Our Swedish thoracic surgeons are  highly experienced in esophageal cancer surgery and lung  cancer surgery as well as esophageal cancer diagnosis, lung cancer creening,  lung cancer diagnosis.

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Network of Locations


Cancer services are provided at the Arnold Pavilion and at our locations in Ballard, Bellevue, Cherry Hill, Edmonds, Redmond, Mill CreekIssaquah and Burien (Highline partnership).




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