David Chan, MD, Oncologist

The hematology/oncology practice of Cancer Care Associates has six specialists, including board-certified oncologist Dr. David Chan.

The hematology/oncology practice of Cancer Care Associates has six specialists, including board-certified oncologist Dr. David Chan. The office has a state-of-the-art infusion center for chemotherapy that is supported by a staff of 50, and their affiliation with UCLA enables them to treat patients on UCLA clinical trials in the South Bay. Trained in medicine at UCLA and oncology at Stanford, Dr. Chan is an instructor at the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center, the principle investigator for the UCLA Translational Oncology Research Institute and the author of the book Breast Cancer: Real Questions/Real Answers, a guide for patients and families. Dr. Chan is program director for oncology at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

What’s one trend that is changing cancer treatment today?

“The newer cancer treatments are based on advances that have identified molecular pathways that cancers use to grow and spread. Targeted treatments are in development to block those pathways. Targeted drugs are effective and often have fewer side effects than chemotherapy. We’ve been fortunate through our UCLA affiliation to be able to treat our patients with these new drugs several years before they become generally available.”

Tell us about the team at your practice.

“Cancer treatment requires a huge team effort. Not only are my associates highly educated specialists and very skilled physicians, but they are also individually wonderful people who I personally like. I would be comfortable with any of them treating a loved one or me. We constantly discuss treatment plans with each other so that every patient is getting the benefit of many minds working on a solution. And our chemotherapy nurses are simply the best. I walk into our center each morning with great confidence that our team will give their very best effort for our patients.”

What’s most rewarding about your work?

“I’m inspired every day by the amazing courage of my patients and their families. I’m humbled by their grace and strength under incredibly trying times. And I’m deeply gratified when they can return to their daily lives with treatment success. I feel very privileged to be one of their physicians.”

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