Rahul Banerjee, MD, FACP
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.
"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.
Specialty: Hematology Oncology
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.
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