New Oncology Team Aims To Grow PeaceHealth United General Cancer Services

Submitted by PeaceHealth

With the recent addition of two highly experienced oncologists as well as new advanced diagnostic equipment, the Cancer Center at PeaceHealth United General Medical Center is ramping up and rounding out a full complement of cancer services.

As part of recent changes at the Cancer Center, PeaceHealth United General welcomed Lisa Hazard, MD, a radiology oncologist, and Scott LeTellier, MD, a medical oncologist, to provide a full range of oncology care to Skagit County residents.

Dr. Hazard joined PeaceHealth this past April. She is experienced in treating all types of cancer, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy and image-guided radiation therapy. Dr. Hazard earned her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Utah before doing her residency at Huntsman Cancer Hospital, also at the University of Utah. Before moving into private practice, Dr. Hazard spent five years as an assistant professor at the University of Utah and another two years as an associate professor at the University of Arizona. While there she researched gastrointestinal and brain tumors and was the primary investigator on clinical trials treating gastrointestinal cancers and melanoma.

Dr. LeTellier joined the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center team in 2018 and began seeing patients at PeaceHealth United General in May of this year. He is focused on general hematology and oncology, with special interests in bladder cancer, renal cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and malignant hematology. Dr. LeTellier previously practiced at Roger Williams Cancer Center in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed his medical education in Guadalajara, Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish. His experience living abroad sparked a passion for providing medical care to underserved populations. He values opportunities for participation in clinical trials. His research has focused on acute leukemia.

Cancer patients visiting PeaceHealth United General may see one or both physicians, depending on their care needs. Medical oncologists treat cancer using medication, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy. Radiation oncologists treat cancer using radiation therapy, which is the use of high-energy x-rays or other particles to destroy cancer cells.

Other members of the PeaceHealth United General cancer team include:

  • Kelli Cole-Vadjic, PA, a physician assistant who supports the oncology physicians with patient care follow-up. She also leads our cancer survivor efforts, helping patients live with, through and beyond a cancer diagnosis.
  • Angie Lee, MD, a board-certified geriatric medicine specialist with subspecialty certification in palliative and hospice care. She helps provide patients relief from pain and other symptoms related to their cancer diagnosis, aiming to improve their quality of life throughout their cancer journey.
  • Victor Gonzalez, MD, also a board-certified radiation oncologist with expertise in breast cancer, lymphoma and hepatobiliary malignancy. He visits PeaceHealth United General once a week.

The Cancer Center is pleased to offer a full array of diagnostic imaging equipment using the latest technology, including a Genius 3D mammography machine; a mobile magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) coach; a computed tomography (CT) scanner for cross-sectional views of bones and soft tissues; a CT simulator; and a new nuclear medicine camera, commonly used for cardiac imaging. These enhanced technologies give Skagit County patients access to the full breadth of non-surgical diagnostic services without having to venture far from home.

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