Special interest in treating women with breast cancer. Dr. van Haelst also cares for patients with benign and malignant blood disorders, gynecologic and gastrointestinal cancers.
Board Certified in Hematology, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine
Dr. Carol van Haelst is a fellowship trained hematologist and medical oncologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience. She is the lead medical oncologist for the breast cancer program at the Halvorson Cancer Center and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. van Haelst treats patients exclusively at the Halvorson Cancer Center.
A diagnosis of cancer presents each patient with complex decisions. I feel very privileged to be able to help guide and inform my patients, as we decide together, on the best approach using the most current knowledge and experience available. Although my goal for each of my patients is to provide the greatest chance for cure or long lasting remission, I also value the importance of minimizing the long-term impact of therapy on patients' well-being.
My husband and I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1992 from Minnesota, where we were both on staff at the Mayo Clinic.