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Dr. Ritesh Rathore

Hematology and Oncology
Providence, RI
31 years experience male

Locations

Office

Providence, RI

Address

Roger Williams Cancer Center, 825 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence, RI
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Rhode Island

UnitedHealthcare

CIGNA Health Care

TUFTS Health Plan

About

Bio

Dr. Rathore underwent his Fellowship training in Hematology/Oncology at Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI. He is the Director of Hematology/Oncology at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, RI and is Board Certified in the specialties of Hematology and Medical Oncology. Dr. Rathore is on the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine and holds the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Rathore's clinical expertise is in solid tumor oncology (head/neck cancer, lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, prostate cancer) and in the conduct of clinical cancer trials.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Hematology and Oncology

Languages spoken

Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi

Doctor Q&A

335 Answers
1.1K Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Could be deadly: In patients with most leukemias ( except cml) patients are very immune compromised especially during treatments. They can not handle infections and th... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Low vitamin B12: Pernicious anemia is a condition in which the body is unable to absorb vitamin B12 through the stomach due to loss of a protein called intrinsic facto... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of chemo, duration of treatment, cancer type, response to chemo and also the side effects experienced during therapy. It can be... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Symptoms Overlap: Ulcers are associated with acidity, pain, eating difficulty, low blood levels, weight loss sometimes. Cancers can have the similar picture but do not ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Monthly if desired: The value of breast self exams (bse) in the early detection of breast cancer is not settled. Instead, a clinical breast exam (cbe) should be done by a... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Sometimes: Some patients with a long-standing history of ulcerative colitis can develop colon cancers- this typically happens in those with a 20-30 year history ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Multi-pronged: Treatments for localised esophageal cancer typically invovle surgery; often patients wil get chemotherapy and radiotherapy before surgery to shrink th... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Antibiotic: It is an antibiotic commonly used to treat mild to moderate respiratory infections. It is usually well tolerated.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Need more info: Squamous cancer can be seen in the skin or other sites such as head/neck, esophagus, lung, cervix. Typically, early or small cancers are initially tre... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Possible over time: Tb is a huge cause of death... More than half a million deaths worldwide...Usually these patients are not treated or diagnosed late. Typically TB from... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Many options: For early prostate cancer chocies are surgery (open or robotic) or radiation (external or seeds) commonly. For more larger cancers or involvement of n... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Risk factors: There are numerous risk factors in otherwise healthy persons - medications (hormone therapy, contraceptive pills), long journeys, inherited risk facto... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Over time: This has been described with cast iron cookware (small absorption) though it is not the best way to replace iron in anemic patients who need larger am... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
No human data: The data is only in mice and human trials are yet to start, targetrin can have serious side effects in patients. Treating diseases in mice does not of... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Depends: Robotic prostate surgery has become popular because of perceived less complications, shorter hospital stays, smaller incisions though survival is prob... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Diff problem: A bruise happens due to bleeding in the tissues under the skin after an injury or trauma- the blood then clots and over time gets removed by the body.... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Many options: After surgery it is standard to have leg stockings including pressure or pneumatic ones for preventing clots. Early walking and passive leg movements ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Clotting issue: This may reflect excessive bleeding due to clotting disorders (e.g. Von willebrand disease, mild hemophilia, etc), medications (aspirin, non-steroidal... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Variable: Common side effects include low blood counts, skin rash, mild nausea, mild diarrhea, fatigue, mouth sores, increased blood pressure, lowered thyroid f... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Yes & No: It is safe and effective specially if you are significantly anemic. However it may be necessary to give IV iron in some cases.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Treatable: The typical chronic leukemias are CML or cll. Nowadays CML has become a chronic disease for most adults and most patients are expected to do very well... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Growth factors: If your blood counts are severely low then use of growth factor injections(neulasta (pegfilgrastim) or neupogen) can help boost the recovery of your b... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Possible: Aplastic anemia can be treated with immunosuppressive medications with resolution in a significant percentage of patients. Younger patients can be suc... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Confirm diagnosis: First, the diagnosis has to be confirmed beyond doubt by testing. Over the counter oral vitamin B12 treatments do not work in this disease and a docto... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Bleeding: The commonest symptoms is bleeding- either microscopic or visible. This can be picked up on a urine analysis. Other symptoms include difficulty passin... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Chronic blood cancer: CML is chronic myeloid leukemia- a chronic blood cancer that has been transformed from a fatl cancer to a chronic cancer that is very successfully tre... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Location: Kidney pain is usually on one side only and typically prominent to the side of the spine and below the ribs. Also, kidney pain is associated with pain... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Regular check ups: In p. Vera lifespans can be normal for most patients. The plan involves keeping the blood levels at target levels and keeping the blood thinned. This ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Oral meds: Most patients can go into long- term remission within months of starting one of 3 oral meds currently on the market- gleevec, sprycel or tasigna (nilo... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Rare disease: This is a rare but life-threatening disease; approx 2-3 cases per 100,000 population in the USA are seen.
A member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Not familial: This disease is not inherited and does not run in families- risk factors more likely are young age and presence of ebv virus infection. There is a sma... Read More
A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Few causes: It could be simple causes such medications, immune related platelet destruction (itp) or more complicated issues like bone marrow problems such as mye... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Chemotherapy: Anll is usually treated with inpatient chemotherapy except in the very elderly. Once in remission from the leukemia many patients benefit from bone ma... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Options: Cancer in the nose can be treated by surgery if it is at an early stage. Many times though radiation is used due to the difficulty in clearing all the... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Not common: Sarcomas are not very common, they can occur in the soft-tissue or bones and every year about 12000-15000 cases occur in the USA.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Variable: Patients at high risk for head/neck cancer are those with history of alcohol use, long-term smoking, tobacco chewing, human papilloma virus infection,... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Many risk factors: It is more common in men and those over 50 years old. A prior history of h. Pylori infection and non-white ancestry is also a risk. Diets rich in smok... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Men: Men have twice the risk than women but certain lifestyle factors are probably at play too- obesity, dietary factors, smoking and drinking, etc.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Chemo, Radiation: Besides surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are typically used. Radiation is used in both early as well advanced cancers while chemotherapy is used in... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
A complete careplan: Getting mutlidisciplinary care, that is, getting a complete team of cancer specialists including surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists,... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately certain surgeries such as neck dissection, lip surgery, etc. Carry the risk of disfigurement. Discussing planned surgery with your surge... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Many Causes: Tobacco smoking and chewing is the largest cause of head/neck cancers. A significant number are caused by viruses (epstein barr virus, human pailoma v... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
In many cases: Some sub-types of common cancers are hereditary such as brca- breast cancer, lynch syndrome (colon cancer).
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Quite a few: Cryosurgery (freezing cancer in the prostate) is being evaluated more extensively. For advanced cancer, newer immune therapies ( such as ipilumimab); ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Incredibly Effective: Typically, breast cancer is treated by a team of different cancer specialists. At first, the surgeon performs breast surgery. Later on, medical drugs... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Common symptoms: Specific symptoms such as a changing mole (melanoma), difficulty swallowing (esophageal cancer), enlarging lymph glands (lymphoma), bloody stools (col... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Often curable cancer: The thyroid gland is in the lower neck and makes essential hormones. Cancers of the thyroid gland are of multiple types; the most common is of the pap... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Too many: Side effects depend the area of the body which is being radiated- dry mouth & mouth sores (oral cancers), diarrhea (pelvic radiation), shortness of br... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Yes & No: The main part of colon cancer treatment is surgery, sometimes even when it has spread to other areas. All other treatments (chemotherapy, radiation) a... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Age 50 usually: For the general patient, colon cancer screening should start age 50 years. For patients with a family history screening should start earlier, typicall... Read More

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Apr 12, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
HealthTap member
Dec 11, 2012
I had been misdiagnosed for eight months and very sick. I was desperate and went to Roger Williams E.R. where I was diagnosed with I[aml] leukemia. Dr Rathore was in charge at the Bone Marrow U...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Rathore is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you for your advice. My father-in-law did start another new chemo therapy, but the first treatment made him so sick he refused any more. He went down very quickly and died quickly. I saw him on ...Read More
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I must personally THANK YOU for your contribution of taking time from demanding yet honorable career and time out of what I can only assume your press
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I'm from India, Mumbai. Facing mild chest pain in the morning. But worried treating lung cancer.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Delhi, College of Medical Sciences, India
Graduated 1991MD

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