Kalyan Banda, MD

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“Oncology requires the perception of an artist and the perseverance of a scientist.”
— Dr. Banda
Why do you practice oncology?

I started out going to law school. While I loved learning about the law and how it could change lives, what I really wanted to do, deep inside, was to change the life of that one individual in front of me who was suffering — and I wanted to make that difference every day. There’s no other profession that allows you to do that quite like medicine. Oncology spoke to me in particular because it requires a phenomenal grasp of basic sciences combined with immense compassion for patients and their families.

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How do you help patients?

I want to help you live life to the fullest, and to do that I must first get to know you as a person — your hopes, dreams and experiences. What I bring to the relationship is a deep, evidence-based knowledge of breast and gynecologic cancers and the leading-edge therapies that can best treat them. It’s truly an inspiring time to be an oncologist, because advances in care are happening at a dizzying pace; treatment is becoming both more precise and more personalized. One of the perks of my job is helping you navigate this constantly changing world, forming a care plan that promotes your health and your dreams.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Gynecologic cancers, breast cancer

I’m a medical oncologist and translational researcher who specializes in breast and gynecologic cancer. In the lab, I focus on using molecular medicine to accurately predict a patient’s response or resistance to treatment. My research interests are to unravel the genomic life history of gynecologic cancers, exploit weaknesses and use cutting-edge technologies to personalize treatments.

In 2018, I was a recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Young Investigator Award, and I have also been a presenter at the Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference. My work has been published in a variety of scientific journals, such as Science Translational Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) and The Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
Christian Medical College
Residency
University of California, San Diego, Internal Medicine
Fellowship
University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Hematology-Oncology; University of California, San Diego, Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Board Certification
Internal Medicine, 2014; Hematology, 2017; Medical Oncology, 2017, American Board of Internal Medicine
Languages
English

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Study ID:
Complete title
Pilot study to evaluate response prediction using ctDNA in women undergoing platinum-based chemotherapy or PARP inhibitor treatment for metastatic breast and ovarian cancer.
Study ID:
NCT04188548
A Study of LY3484356 in Participants With Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer or Endometrial Cancer (EMBER)
Complete title
A Phase 1a/1b Study of LY3484356 Administered as Monotherapy and in Combination with Abemaciclib to Patients with ER+, HER2- Locally Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer and Other Select Non-Breast Cancers

Publications

Many of our SCCA physicians conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other physicians and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this SCCA provider has written.

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Team coordinator (TC)
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

SCCA accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

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