Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti

Internal Medicine - Oncology
CLEVELAND, OH
10 years experience male

Locations

Cleveland clinic

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Bio

Vamsidhar Velcheti, MD is a medical oncologist with expertise in thoracic oncology. He sees patients at the Cleveland Clinic/ Case Comprehensive Cancer Center in Cleveland, OH. He is interested in clinical trials for improving outcomes in lung cancer and incorporation of biomarker studies into early drug trials. In addition, he has a special interest in improving health care delivery by leveraging technology to improve quality of care, patient safety and improving communication between providers.

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Internal Medicine - Oncology

Medical Oncology

Licenses

United States: New York

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68 Answers
31 Agrees
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
Not always: Cancers are known to arise from underlying inflammation and scar tissue; it is possible to develop cancerous growth in scar/benign lung nodules, howev... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Not sure what you mean. But I am assuming u are talking about eml4-alk fusion gene. These are genetic changes in lung cancers that can be treated with... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
Need further details: Patients with head and neck cancer have often concomitant new diagnosis of lung cancer; in certain clinical situations it may be important to differen... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
?: I am not sure what you mean by "hardening" of the lungs; my guess is that this is intersitial lung disease or inflammation in the lungs; please discus... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Can not be ruled out completely, if the clinical situation warrants needs to be further imaged with a ct scan to investigate. Consult ur doctor.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Most lung cancer patients are smokers or former smokers; however, 15 % of patients with lung cancer have never smoked. The biology of lung cancer in n... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: This is not uncommon; but you may want to call your radiation oncologist and discuss.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Yes. Patients with early stage lung cancer can be treated with a curative intent. The strategies for treatment in such situations may involve surgery/... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Sometimes lung cancer produce hormones that can cause low sodium; this may be related to the cancer, often seen in a form of lung cancer called small ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: 15% of all lung cancers occur in never smokers. Epidemiological studies suggest that environmental toxic exposures (radon, second hand smoke, polluti... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Unfortunately, development of drugs targeting kras mutation have been a disappointment. Having said that, it is possible to enroll in immunotherapy cl... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Not necessarily, there can be benign lung nodules; however, the spots need to be monitored by your doctor;.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
Possibly: Chest x ray can show the lung fields and may show opacities (shadows) in the lungs if there large size cancers in the lung; however, smaller cancers c... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Chest x ray would pick up large cancers but may miss smaller lesions; if you are a heavy smoker and the cough persists you should consider ct; however... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
No: Smoking does not necessarily affect the tumor growth of the germ cell tumors; however may interact with treatments and also the tumor markers that you... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
?: Will need more information; is that on a chest xray?; cloudy lungs on x rays can mean a lot of different things, including lung cancer; depending on c... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Yes it is possible; please see a lung specialist and seek further work up.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Usually MRI scans are only done to evaluate for brain lesions in patients with lung cancer. Often the MRI is done with contrast and the lesions are en... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Will need further information to make recommendations on management; is the lung cancer localized to the lungs or spread outside of the lungs.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
May notbe: The fact that the ct is clear makes it very less likely it is a lung cancer; i strongly recommend quitting smoking;.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Not commonly- but in higher grade thymoma b3 and c this may happen more often.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: There are no defined familial lung cancer syndromes; however, mutations in certain regions of the genome have higher incidence of lung cancer; some in... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Pet scans are generally done but not necessary in every situtation; a ct scan may be enough to make treatment decisions in most cases.
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Depends on location of tumor; can cause pain related to local compression of organs and nerves.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Yes, occasionally lung infections can mimic lung cancer; it is important to see a lung specialist to evaluate these carefully; biopsy if the only defi... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Lots of factors influence survival; stage of the cancer and molecular characteristics. When caught early can be cured.
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A member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Depends- patients with certain molecular changes like egfr and alk mutations may have good response to certain drugs; however, in patients without suc... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Dont think it is related to ur lung; but continue to monitor; if u notice any change see ur doctor.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Surgical removal of the tumor may only ensure removal of gross visible disease but in most cases of lung cancer the cells from the tumor likely have a... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Very uncomon to have lung cancer in patients less than 40; the median age at diagnosis is around 70.
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A member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Without treatment the average is less than 12 months;.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Treatment of small cell lung cancer depends on the stage. If it is limited stage the treatments involve chemotherapy along with radiation and if it is... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Radiation can only help patients who have symptoms directly relating to the tumor like for example causing compression of the spine or airways. If he ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: It is possible the nodules could be benign; however please discuss with your physician and have a plan for close follow up or biopsy if the findings o... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Discuss the results with your doctor and determine a plan for follow up; we often find lesions/nodules on scans which may be benign and will require f... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: It is hard to estimate life expectancy, it largely depends on other medical comobidities especially the liver function; there are drugs that can be ef... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: There is no one symptom that will predict the "end is drawing near" however, it is very important to optimize her symptom control; consider seeing a p... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Not necessarily; most often infiltrative findings on x rays are non cancerous. The need for follow up and further work up depends on the clinical scen... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
No: Your symptoms most likely suggest some gastric reflux symptoms. Your chest xray is clear which is re-assuring. If you are a heavy smoker a ct scan for... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Small cell lung cancer is highly sensitive and responsive to chemotherapy and radiation. However, these tumors tend to relapse almost always within 1 ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Yes; often changes in chest xray take upto 2 months to completely resolve; if concern for cancer is large enough a ct scan is a better test to evalua... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: E-cigarettes are a source of intense debate now; my opinion is that any toxic vapor inhalations can increase ur risk for cancer in your lungs; i would... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: American society of clinical oncology livestrong and lungevity foundation http://events.Lungevity.Org/site/pageserver.
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: May be related to his disease; patients with brain mets can have nausea;.
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A member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: In certain situations; I am assuming u are referring to prophylactic cranial irridiation; sclc patients may benefit from pci after a response to chemo... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: The prevailing thought is that the t-cell negative selection process that prevents self recognition is impaired in thymic tumors; to answer your quest... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
Possibly: Are these nodules on chest x ray? I would suggest follow up with a pulmonary specialist with a ct scan to evaluate these new ? Lesions; the fact that ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Generally a slow growing tumor and are locally invasive. Most low grade tumors are benign and often cured with surgery alone.
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
-: Hard to predict based on radiographic findings; should wait for results of biopsy.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology 10 years experience
See below: Need more information; where was antigen positive? Is that on a blood test? If so why was it done? Did u have any skin lesions that were suspicious an... Read More
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Jan 12, 2014
Very helpful and caring answers.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Velcheti is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Velcheti is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Began taking Vit D3 when dx'd with colon cancer. Stage IVa Oligo-recurrent for the last 3 years but dx'd 6 yrs ago & NED! I keep my D level @ 100-101
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Thanks for your quick reply! Sir i also want to know about further treatment at 4 th stage
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Thanks for your quick reply! Only in right upper lung at the moment .thank you

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College, India
MD

Residency

OCHSNER FOUNDATION HOSPITAL

Awards

ASCO Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology
ASCO Young Investigator Award 2012
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Cleveland clinic cancer center
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