Quick Facts
  • Primary Location:
    Providence Cancer Institute Oregon
  • Expertise:
    Clinical Trials
    Lung Cancer
  • Speciality:
    Medical Oncology
  • Gender:
    Female
  • Language:
    English
  • Med School:
    Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Get to Know Dr. Rachel Sanborn

Dr. Rachel Sanborn serves as director of the phase I clinical trials program at the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, which is a division of Providence Cancer Institute. She is the primary investigator in several clinical trials at Providence involving lung cancer.

Sanborn is part of an expert team of thoracic cancer specialists at Providence who guide patients through a program that includes screening, diagnostics, multidisciplinary treatment and monitoring. She makes sure all phases of care are covered. 

While much of her time is spent with lung cancer patients, Sanborn also has a strong clinical interest in rare thoracic malignancies, including mesothelioma.

“What I enjoy most about being a medical oncologist is the close bond I develop with a patient and his family as we work together through a very difficult process,” Sanborn said. “My job is to help them make decisions about a complicated illness so that we can find what feels right for that patient, and making sure we are providing the very best care possible.”

Sanborn received her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University. She did her residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois and returned to Portland for a fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Oregon Health & Science University.

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Specialties of Dr. Rachel Sanborn

Dr. Rachel Sanborn’s Experience and Medical Education

  • Providence Cancer Institute
  • Oregon Health & Science University (M.D. and fellowship)
  • University of Illinois (Residency)
  • Board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine

Awards and Certifications for Dr. Rachel Sanborn

  • Regional Top Doctor, Castle Connolly (2005)

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Publications of Dr. Rachel Sanborn

  • Handy, J.R. et al. (2020, May). Results of Lung Cancer Screening in the Community. Annals of Family Medicine. 
  • Arnold, S.M. et al. (2020, July). Phase II Trial of Carfilzomib Plus Irinotecan in Patients With Small Cell Lung Cancer Who Have Progressed on Prior Platinum-based Chemotherapy. Clinical Lung Cancer. 
  • Horn, L. et al. (2019, November). Monitoring Therapeutic Response and Resistance: Analysis of Circulating Tumor DNA in Patients With ALK+ Lung Cancer. Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

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