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Dr. Sabha Ganai

Surgical Oncology
Springfield, IL
21 years experience female

Locations

SIU Physicians and Surgeons

Springfield, IL

Address

701 N. First Street, PO Box 19638, Springfield, IL
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Fax

2175457762

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Cigna

Coventry Health Care

Health Alliance Plan

Medicare

Humana Insurance Company

Private Healthcare Systems, Inc (PHCS)

Tricare

UnitedHealthcare

Simmons Cancer Center at Southern Illinois University

Springfield, IL

About

Bio

Sabha Ganai, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the SIU School of Medicine. She is the Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at the Simmons Cancer Institute. She is the only surgeon in Central and Southern Illinois who is Certified in both General Surgery and Complex General Surgical Oncology by the American Board of Surgery. She is the recipient of the 2015 Health Care Disparities Research Award from the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Alpha Omega Alpha, and the 2017 Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine.

Specialties
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Surgical Oncology

Doctor Q&A

109 Answers
51 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Depends: Hepatocellular cancer can be cured in some patients who have limited resectable disease or who qualify for transplantation. Transplant is typically o... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Carefully: Usually there are no major changes to surgical management, although consulting with your obstetrician and fetal monitoring are key. There are some ch... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Secondary Prevention: Tamoxifen also can be used to prevent breast cancer in the other breast as well as "secondary prevention" of breast cancer in patients who are at high... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Myth: Your body has a system to maintain your ph at a normal range. Drinking alkaline water is a fad that is not supported by evidence / science. The micr... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Depends: There are a lot of types of cancers so this is a hard question to answer. Chemotherapy can sometimes cause premature menopause. Discuss with your su... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Hard to say: Not sure if you are referring to your muscle or the parotid gland, which is below the muscles of your cheek. This may be an infection and not a cance... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Probably: In general, transgender surgery does not remove your lymph nodes... Just the breasts. A cosmetic, non-cancer, operation for the breasts can occasiona... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Hard to say: Have you had a colonoscopy? It is hard to say what the spot on your liver is without looking at your films... This could be a simple cyst, but if it ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
About 3 weeks ago!: March 15th give or take is a pretty good estimate for conception date, especially if you are due on december 6th. Keep up with your regular prenatal ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Teams are Best: Make sure your aunt's case is discussed in a multidisciplinary setting so the input of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Take a deep breath: Relax... It does not sound like cancer. Those are a lot of symptoms though. It is most likely a viral infection, like the "flu", but it could be som... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Relax: Relax by the beach; but wear sunscreen in the sun; melanoma burns!
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Unlikely: Surgical site infections have been a source of study for over 100 years. Floating particles are not a likely source of worry. Infection risk is dete... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Probably Nothing: Lactic acid is the byproduct of your cells when they metabolize sugars without oxygen. This is what happens when you go for a long run... Lactic acid... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Depends: There may be a variety of symptoms, ranging from bone pain to fatigue to difficulty breathing. Consider seeing a palliative care specialist or enroll... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Hard to Say: She should probably be seen by her doctor. Is this a new symptom? It is hard to know without more detail and further investigation, but she may be ha... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Possibly: For initial treatment after surgery, you shouldn't need to get kras testing. However, if this is metastatic or recurrent colon cancer, then it may he... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
None: Eat a healthy balanced diet. If you are still taking pain medications after surgery, take a stool softener to keep from getting constipated. Oth... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Hard to Say: The vertigo is likely secondary to the tumor, not the other way around. It is hard to understand your question, but hopefully if the tumor (which my ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Nope: While that may be true, they play a minor role compared to the sphincter and other mechanisms. Surgery should be considered for unrelenting symptoms ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Depends: If there is an abscess, your surgeon may simply incise (cut into) and drain the area. Otherwise, your surgeon may try to excise or remove the sinus t... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Stop squeezing!: The majority of nipple discharge is benign, meaning not related to cancer, especially if green or milky. Unilateral and spontaneous is more concernin... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Uncertain: Plastic bottles can contain BPA which are aromatic compounds that can potentially promote DNA damage and theoretically raise cancer risk, although thi... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Time: It is hard to say what you are feeling, and you can occasionally get a new hernia at a laparoscopic incision/port site. With that said, wound healing... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Absorption: Gastric bypass surgery, besides changing how much you can eat, also changes absorption in your gut (because you are bypassing a portion of your GI tra... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Think Pink: There are many reputable organizations out there that raise funds for breast cancer, but the breast cancer research foundation actually contributes ab... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Fatigue: I would suggest getting in touch with a palliative care specialist. Your mom may benefit from optimizing her medications and improving her symptom an... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
It Depends: If you have had symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, or even fevers, you should see a surgeon for consideration of removal of your gall... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
10 years earlier: In general, screening colonoscopies should start at age 50years, or 10 years earlier from the time detected by a family member. The role of detection... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Depends: Cancer risk depends on a lot of factors, including age, gender, and family history. There are a lot of different cancer types! for breast cancer, th... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
In General...: Weight loss surgery forces you to change how you eat, forever (unless you use a lap band, which may be reversible). You will have to get used to eati... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Yes: If you are sexually active, you can get pregnant.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Yes: Radiation therapy can be delivered before, after, and sometimes during surgery. The timing often depends on the cancer type and what was seen as effe... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Possibly: It is hard to know without knowing the origin of the tumor/cancer. The biopsy is likely to find out what is going on and determine what the best trea... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Healing Takes Time: Hard to say why you are having a bile leak without knowing the anatomical details about your liver surgery. Be patient and give it some more time, bu... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Unlikely from clips: A majority of laparoscopic cholecystectomies are done with clips to secure the cystic duct. The clips are there for a good reason - I would seriousl... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Chronic Inflammation: GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease leads to alkaline reflux that changes the barrier lining of the esophagus (the tube just before your stomach)... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Timing off by ~2wks: Ovulation usually occurs two weeks before Menstruation. If the egg is fertilized and implantation occurs, the menstrual cycle is halted and changes o... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Palliative Care: I would suggest getting in touch with a palliative care specialist. Your mom may benefit from optimizing her medications and improving her symptom and... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Relax + get checked!: The best test will be to have a history and physical by your doctor. You may be of or nearing an age to have screening tests for breast and colon can... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Anything is possible: There are certain cases where tumors can abnormally make the same hormone that normally indicates a normal pregnancy. In these situations, you would ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Wear a good bra.: There is not a good "natural" way, besides getting pregnant! please stay healthy, and love yourself for who you are...
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Hard to say: Take her to a doctor for a proper history and physical exam. She may only be losing weight, but she may have other things going on that require atten... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Retest later is fine: Transaminases (ast and alt) are liver enzymes that if elevated can suggest liver injury. That level is not concerning. Continue taking your tamoxife... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Tumor Burden: With time, the tumor can spread (metastasize) throughout the body and overwhelm normal function. There are other instances where the cancer can cause... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Typically: You should ask your surgeon, but normally, yes. I am assuming this is a hernia of the abdominal wall and not involving the chest.
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Hard to say: Gastritis does not usually inflame the liver, but it is possible you have liver enzyme abnormalities and may need to be evaluated for hepatitis or gal... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Legumes: Legumes and lentils: are good to eat frequently; and high in protein!
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
May be nothing but..: Would recommend getting looked at by your doctor. Depending on your cancer you may be due for some imaging.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sabha Ganai
Surgical Oncology 21 years experience
Good Question: Hpv can be potentially be transmitted from kissing, especially french kissing because of contact with the mucosa - the inside lining of your mouth. I... Read More

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Apr 14, 2013
I would trust my family in Dr. Ganai's hands. She brings science, talent and compassion to patient care. If you need a surgical oncologist, you would do well to consider her.
May 14, 2013
well thought and informative posts which patients find to be nuturing as well as educational
Apr 14, 2013
Dr. Ganai is a very well-educated, conscientious, and kind surgeon
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This made me feel good. Thanks! she did have to have a transfusion at 11 months , her counts were 8000, thankyou for your involvment in this questionaire and your kindness as a doctor, !:-)
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I had a complete hysterectomy in 90. Because of cancer cells. I am takenhormone medicine. Thank you for your time and input on my problem.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank u very much:-) i have chronic pancreatitis an a lot of pain,

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, CA
Graduated 2001MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduated 2007MD

Residency

Baystate Medical Center / Tufts University School of Medicine

Awards

USC WVT Rusch Engineering Honors Program (1997)
Magna Cum Laude, USC Viterbi School of Engineering (1997)
California Academy of Family Physicians Preceptorship (1998)

Affiliations

Baystate Medical Center / Tufts University School of Medicine (2001-2010)
NorthShore University Health Systems (2010-2011)
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (2010-2013)
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