Dr. Ritesh Rathore

Hematology and Oncology
Providence, RI
32 years experience male

Locations

Office

Providence, RI

Address

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

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

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UnitedHealthcare

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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
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Hematology and Oncology

Languages spoken

Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi

Doctor Q&A

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Variable: Any untreated cancer can be fatal potentially. Common aggressive but treatable cancers in this age group include germ cell tumors, blood cancers (acut... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Yes: Environmental exposure (as in hiroshima, chernobyl) can lead to blood and thyroid cancer decades later. Occasionally, radiation used for treatments or... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
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Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Stage dependent: Postoperative therapy is stage dependent. For stage 1 cancer usually just follow-up is enough; for high-risk stage 2 cases chemotherapy or clinical tr... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Possible: Surgery is possible and can be done if emergently necessary. Surgery in the radiation- treated area can increase risks of wound healing, bleeding, inf... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Depends: Even a benign meningioma can grow into a problem- pain, headaches, seizures can occur. Other symptoms may vary on the location of the tumor in the bra... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Varies by stage: Patients with early cancers cancers can be cured while in advanced stages the five year survival ranges from 30-60%.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Testing: In some patients, paraneoplastic syndromes are clinical findings that accompany existing cancers. These may include changes in the skin, bones, hormon... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
DNA damage: Radiation deposits energy in the tissues and causes damage to the dna of targeted cancer cells. This interferes with cancer cell division and ultimate... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
It has spread: Stage 4 colon cancer involves spread to distant organs; commonly it spreads to the liver, lungs, bones, abdomen cavity. Though these patients can have... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Sometimes: Gammaknife or radiosurgery is occasionally an alternative in the case of smaller tumors, tumors in hard to reach locations, patients who are unfit for... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Variable: Overall side effect profile is better than conventional radiation. Common side effects include- local pain, scalp swelling, headaches, discomfort from... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Yes: In patients with a history of treated cancer, certain symptoms are suggestive of metastatic cancer. Typically these may include: unexplained weight lo... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Well known: Standard contributing factors include chronic smoking, regular/heavy alcohol use, tobacco chewing, poor oral and dental hygiene, betel nut chewing, hp... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Part or whole remova: The type of surgery- partial or total gastrectomy- depends on the location, extent and type of stomach cancer. The surgical plan will be discussed by ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Common ones: Common signs can be a tip off for underlying head/neck cancer. A sore throat that gets worse despite antibiotics, a neck lump that keeps growing, voic... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Definitely: Curability depends on the stage. For early cancers (stage 1 and 2), cures are seen in most patients (> 70-80%). In regionally spread cancers (stage 3)... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Maybe: The link of marijuana to tongue cancer is not conclusive. Marijuana contains chemicals which are carcinogens and some data suggest increased risk of o... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Stopping dapsone: The best way to treat Dapsone related anemia is by discontinuing dapsone. Dapsone causes hemolytic anemia which is dose-dependent and can be stopped o... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Blood testing: Specific blood tests to check for blood destruction and reviewing the blood under the microsscope by a trained hematoloist is necessary to establish a... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Difficult: It is a rare cancer and risk factors include gallstones, obesity, and advanced age. Diet and weight reduction can help and removal of the gall bladder... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Very variable: This varies with cancer type and route of spread among other factors. At the time of diagnosis, small cell lung cancer is more often already spread to... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Different: Thrombocytopenic purpura (ttp) is an acute condition involving destruction of blood components including red cells and platelets and can be life threa... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Variable: The chances of recurrence depends on cancer type, stage, pathologic features, completeness of surgery and finally upon the use of chemotherapy or radi... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Depends on cause: Chronic pancytopenia means low white & red cells and low platelets. Reversible causes such as nutritional deficinecies, immune disorders, drug-relate... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Varies with stage: Early stage esophageal cancers can be cured with combination therapy (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy) in more than a 1/3 cases while the prognosi... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
In many ways: Cancers can spread in many ways- it spreads to distant organs through the blood vessels or through lymph nodes or along nerves. It can also spread loc... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Lethal if untreated: Testicular cancers can spread to other body parts (back, lungs, brain, etc.) if not treated or if not detected early. Thankfully, even very advanced t... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Thoroughly: The issue or area of concern (e.G a visible neck lump, sore throat, or hoarse voice) will be directly examined by your physician (often by a laryngosc... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Not always: A lump in the neck can be due to infection, fatty tumor, enlarged salivary gland, and sometimes due to cancer too. A lump which continues to grow in a... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
It can happen: At the time of detection, most polyps are not cancerous. Hoever, over time polyps can develop pre-cancer changes in the cells which then become early ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Most of the time: Surgery is a standard option for localized esophageal cancer. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are used before surgery to improve the odds of completely ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Yes: Hormonal therapy (including megace (megestrol), (megestrol) tamoxifen) can be used in the treatment of certain endometrial cancers which have recurred... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Discuss w oncologist: Need more info. On "bone cancer"- if its myeloma then regimens with meds such as velcade, revlimid, (lenalidomide) steroids are very effective and fol... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Not enough iron: This is likely a situation where an iron rich diet has improved blood iron levels but not yet resulted in enough iron stores in the bone marrow to gen... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Different problems: Pml is a viral disease affecting the brain and occurs in patients with compromised immune systems such as those with aids, transplants, cancer, etc. R... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Yes: Small bowel lymphoma is picked up by symptoms such as nausea, vomitting, pain, obstruction, bleeding, etc. Depending on the specific type and stage of... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Tumor related marker: Tumor markers are detectable blood levels of subsatances that are elevated in patients with advanced cancers. In breast cancer this could reflect mark... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Genetic risk: Besides the fear factor some women who have the brca mutations are carrying a very high risk of breast cancer- there is data that prophylactic bilater... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Needs follow up: Asymptomatic but persistent neck nodes can be due to chronic sinus or nasal issues, allergies, lymphadenopathy disorders such as castlemans disease, e... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Need monitoring: The long-term concern is for major infections and sepsis episodes developing in these patients. Also, since these patients can be treated with g-csf i... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Quite a few: Early stage (cancer within prostate): robotic or open surgery, standard radiation; radiation seeds; cryosurgery. For cancer with local spread to nodes... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Radiation Centers: Stereotactic radiosurgery refers to the procedure where a few (3-5) doses of high-dose very-precise radiation can be used to treat certain cancers in ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Can be anything: Medications can cause side effects form the minor ones (tiredness, aches); moderate ones (nausea, vomitting, diarrhea, rash); severe ones (allergic re... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Very variable: This depends on cancer type, stage, use of treatments and patient performance level mostly. It can range from weeks (brain cancer) to months (pancreat... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Many: Ear nose throat (ENT) doctors; surgical oncologists (cancer surgeons), plastic surgeons, radiation oncologists (treat with radiation); medical oncolog... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
None: There are lots of "alternative cures" out there- none of them have been proven to work. On the other hand cure rates for early hodgkins exceed 90% and... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Standard of care: For stage 3 melanoma the standard therapy is to remove the main cancer & affected lymph nodes and then follow with chemotherapy (actually interferon A... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Many risk factors: Polyps can develop in the rectum and then can become cancerous if not removed. Risk factors for this include family history of colon or rectal cancer,... Read More
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A 78-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Some or none: Symptoms can be absent in early lung cancers very commonly and are detected on x-rays & scans. Typical symptoms in advanced cases include cough, shor... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Go by guidelines: A completely normal colonoscopy result means you should wait 10 years for a repeat. If you are a high-risk patient or if you had polyps detected than ... Read More
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Apr 12, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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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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