Nikhil Kamat, MD
I had a close uncle on my father's side who developed colon cancer. He had a lot of comorbidities that affected his care. I was just starting medical school at the time, and what was imparted to me was that he was receiving customized care for his situation. I was inspired by the fact that there are no textbook treatments; to deliver the best care, you have to tailor the treatment to the patient.
Over the past year and a half, I have been in the prostate cancer research group working on immunotherapies for prostate cancer. I was drawn to immunotherapy because of its power to redirect the immune system to eliminate cancer. My experience with prostate cancer led me to my current interest in genitourinary oncology. The treatment is challenging, and immunotherapy is an emerging platform that is poised to make a lot of traction as we learn more about how to treat these patients.
I had a patient who was diagnosed with an immune mediated RBC disorder. She had been through a lot of different treatments that didn't work so she'd been referred to SCCA. I noted subtle changes to the size of the patient's red blood cells over time that led me to believe that the patient was slowly losing iron through the urinary tract. This is an often forgotten pathway of iron loss, so no one had thought to recheck her iron years after her initial diagnosis. We tested for it and lo and behold, she was low on iron. Within a month, she was weaned off many medications. Watching her health improve was so satisfying.
Specialty: Medical Oncology
Treatment of gastrointestinal and genitourinary malignancies, benign hematology.
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