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Claire L. Buchanan, MD, FACS

Breast Surgeon
Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Dr. Buchanan is a 2017 Seattle Met Top Doctor Award winner. 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.
Education
Institution
Type
Field of Study
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
Medical School
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Residency
General Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center-Breast Surgery
Fellowship
Professional Associations
Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Breast Surgeons, American Sociey of Breast Disease
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery, General
Services
Clinical Interests
  • abnormal mammogram
  • aspiration breast cyst
  • breast biopsy
  • breast cancer follow up
  • breast fine needle aspiration
  • breast surgery
  • cancer of ge junction
  • cancer screening
  • cancer surgery
  • carcinoid of stomach
  • congenital hypoplasia of breast
  • contusion of breast
  • cryoablation
  • cystadenoma of pancreas
  • cytoreduction surgery
  • er positive breast cancer
  • galactorrhea
  • gastrin secreting tumor of pancreas
  • hypopigmented nipple lesion
  • leiomyosarcoma
  • liposarcoma
  • mammogram
  • mastotomy
  • melanoma on ear
  • melanoma on face
  • microcalcifications
  • mondor's disease
  • myxofibrosarcoma
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • nipple fissure
  • nipple lesion
  • post partum mastitis
  • sentinel node biopsy
  • surgical staging
  • women's health
Blog Posts
By: Claire L Buchanan, MD, FACS
Monday, September 8, 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. ...

By: Claire L Buchanan, MD, FACS
Friday, 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 ...

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 (90 Ratings, 24 Comments)


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09/29/2017
Best experience with a provider I ever had.
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09/27/2017
I can't say enough good things about Dr. Buchanan. I have total confidence in her. And I trust her to be straight with me.
100

09/27/2017
I recently had a breast biopsy, and Dr. Buchanan spent time explaining the results of the biopsy in a very understandable way. I was able to talk about treatment options with her without feeling rushed or stressed. She listened well and was detailed in her responses to my questions. I am very impressed with Dr. Buchanan as well as with the treatment model she and her staff use at the Cancer Center.
100

09/22/2017
Excellent provider.
100

09/07/2017
Dr. Claire is the best and if my breast cancer was to return she would again be my doctor. She is very professional,caring and she has a very special way about her. I was very blessed to be in her care!
100

08/31/2017
Dr. Buchanan is one of the best providers I have ever had! She is always respectful, caring and informative. She is the best!!!
100

08/23/2017
I have the outmoust confidence and trust in Dr. Buchanan. She always listens to any concerns and is very proactive about addressing them. She is also very easy to talk to and is always a pleasure to see her for my routine check-ups.
100

08/18/2017
I have recommend Dr. Buchanan. I have had 18 total surgeries and she is the most caring, most intelligent first surgeon I have ever had.
100

08/17/2017
As a physician seeing another physician, Claire Buchanan is exceptional. There is no higher compliment then that I have entrusted my patients and friends to her care.
100

08/07/2017
Overall excellent care.
90

06/28/2017
Loved Dr. Buchanan.
100

05/15/2017
Dr. Buchanan is the best! I know I have the best possible care with Dr. Buchanan
100

05/08/2017
Couldn't be better!
100

04/26/2017
Her knowledge and genuine concern were above and beyond expectations.
100

04/18/2017
Dr. Buchanan was truly excellent throughout our meetings and in developing & executing options and decisions about my care. Thank you!
100

03/07/2017
Dr. Buchanan is tops!
100

01/11/2017
Dr. Buchanan was incredible! I felt so confident in her during one of the scariest moments of my adult life. I know I was in good hands.
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01/10/2017
It is extremely important to me and to my family that our questions were answered and that information detailed information was given to us. Dr. Buchanan did all of that and more while never seeming to be in a hurry. We are very grateful.
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11/23/2016
Dr. Buchanan is the best doctor in every aspects (technically, humanly).
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11/13/2016
Dr. Buchanan used the computer facing her and I both and explained in detail the findings on mammogram and what it meant. Went over her recommendations. Asked me what I wanted for surgery, listened to my fears. Explained risks/benefits of both surgeries! Have a check list of what to do better. Checking back in w/her & my chart for?? Intro'd to her scheduler/nurse. [...]
100

11/09/2016
love her
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10/25/2016
Dr. Claire Buchanan is the absolute best ever!
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09/26/2016
exceptionally excellent
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09/01/2016
Brilliant, respected, and take charge provider - don't loose Buchanan.
 
True Family Women's Cancer Center - 6th Floor
1221 Madison Street Floor 6
Seattle, WA 98104
206-215-6401
Affiliated Facilities
Swedish Cherry Hill
Swedish First Hill