Prakash Varadarajan, MBBS

Physician
Fred Hutch
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“Seeing immense courage and unconditional love in the face of adversity inspires me to better myself every single day, both as a physician and as a human. ”
— Dr. Varadarajan
Why do you practice oncology?

Growing up, I was a voracious reader who was fascinated by science, and this was what drew me to medical school. At first, I didn’t have a vision of what type of doctor I wanted to be, but as my training progressed, I had some incredible mentors in oncology and hematology. They were able to occupy two parallel worlds at once — caring for patients in the clinic while also having their hands in scientific research — which was really appealing to me. Cancer care requires a balanced mix of thought, heart and perseverance that keeps me motivated every day. 

What’s it like to work with you?

I believe in being deeply engaged with my patients as they go through one of the most difficult periods of their lives. For me, this means listening to your needs so that I can best support you and suggest treatment pathways that fit your goals and preferences. Working with people who have cancer and their families continues to be a truly fulfilling experience. Seeing immense courage and unconditional love in the face of adversity inspires me to better myself every single day, both as a physician and as a human. 

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Blood disorders, gastrointestinal cancers, genitourinary cancers, head and neck cancers, lung cancer

I am a hematologist-oncologist who treats malignant and non-malignant blood disorders as well as cancers affecting the digestive system, prostate, bladder, lungs, head and neck. My background includes working at CHI Franciscan in Lakewood and Tacoma and providing cancer care at a community hematology-oncology practice in Saginaw, Michigan. Today, my practice is based at SCCA at EvergreenHealth.

In addition to providing hands-on care, I am also interested in improving outcomes for patients with genitourinary (GU) cancers, which affect the bladder and male reproductive system. One of my goals is to expand the clinical trials program for GU cancers at EvergreenHealth. Helping a patient find the right clinical trial is a joy; it can expand our knowledge and understanding of specific treatments while also potentially helping patients in real time. 

Community Oncology

Our mission is to provide patients with the highest quality, personalized care closer to home. As part of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, our community oncologists offer patients multidisciplinary tumor board opinions, clinical trails and expertise in treating a variety of cancers.

Benign Not cancer. Benign tumors may grow larger but do not spread to other parts of the body. Clinical trial A type of research study that tests how well new medical approaches work in people. These studies test new methods of screening, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of a disease. Gastrointestinal Refers to the stomach and intestines. Also called GI. Hematologist A physician who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues.
Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
Goa Medical College
Residency
University of Buffalo, Internal Medicine; B.J Govt Medical College/Sassoon General Hospital, Radiology; Goa Medical College, Dermatology
Fellowship
University of Texas Health Science Center, Hematology-Oncology
Board Certification
Medical Oncology, 2012; Hematology, 2012; Internal Medicine, 2009, 2019, American Board of Internal Medicine
Languages
English
Hindi

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch 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:
NCT04455750
A Clinical Study Evaluating The Benefit of Adding Rucaparib to Enzalutamide for Men With Metastatic Prostate Cancer That Has Become Resistant To Testosterone-Deprivation Therapy (CASPAR)
Complete title
A PHASE III TRIAL OF ENZALUTAMIDE AND RUCAPARIB AS A NOVEL THERAPY IN FIRSTLINE METASTATIC CASTRATION-RESISTANT PROSTATE CANCER

Publications

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

Your care team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care 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 doctor and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your doctor and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

Fred Hutch 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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