Rahul Banerjee, MD, FACP

Physician
Fred Hutch
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Specialty:
Hematology Oncology
“My favorite memories with patients are, of course, the days when I get to tell them their cancer is in remission. ”
— Dr. Banerjee
What motivates you about your work?

There's no scenario where hearing the word "cancer" isn't terrifying and all-consuming. My research at SCCA focuses on strategies to lower side effects and increase patients’ time at home during treatment for myeloma.

Side effects A problem that occurs when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Some side effects of cancer treatment are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, decreased blood cell counts, hair loss and mouth sores.
How would you describe your approach to care?

"Precision oncology" based on the genetics of individual cancer cells is still a work in progress, but "precision health care delivery" isn't. For me, this means taking into account side effects, the impact of those side effects on quality of life (both for patients and their loved ones), financial and logistical considerations and many other things. My clinical care and research both focus on improving these parts of the patient experience.

Side effects A problem that occurs when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Some side effects of cancer treatment are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, decreased blood cell counts, hair loss and mouth sores.

Provider background

Specialty: Hematology Oncology

Blood cancers

I am a hematologist-oncologist who sees patients at SCCA South Lake Union, SCCA Hospital and UW Medical Center – Montlake.

The "good" news about myeloma, if it can be called that, is that most patients can expect to live several years with their diagnosis. But myeloma still holds too big of a part of patients' lives, even if their cancer is in remission – for example, medication side effects, impaired immunity and expensive co-pays. Working to improve the patient experience during multiple myeloma is an exciting and important area of research that I'm very passionate about.

Hematologist A physician who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues. Remission A decrease in, or disappearance of, signs and symptoms of cancer. A decrease in, or disappearance of, signs and symptoms of cancer. In partial remission, some (but not all) signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared. In complete remission, all signs and symptoms of cancer have disappeared, although cancer still may be in the body. Side effects A problem that occurs when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Some side effects of cancer treatment are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain, decreased blood cell counts, hair loss and mouth sores.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate degree
Brown University
Medical school
Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Languages
English
Hindi
Bengali

Research

Clinical trials

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Publications

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Your care team

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Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
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Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
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Insurance

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