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Welcome to OncoWin Cancer Clinic.
An exclusive Cancer Clinic providing one stop solution for cancer diagnosis and comprehensive cancer treatment planning.
OncoWin Cancer Clinic is led by Dr.Rahul S.Kulkarni who is one of the best cancer specialists in Pune and is currently started with a mission of providing best and evidence-based cancer care services in Kothrud and Aundh areas with a vision of expanding services in other areas of Pune in future.

        Oncology is a branch of medicine that has now evolved into a super-specialized field. Management of cancer requires a thorough and systematic approach and comprehensive planning with the integration of multiple specialties right from the beginning. Also, recent advances in treatment in the form of targeted therapies, immunotherapy, advances in oncosurgery techniques and radiation have changed the paradigm of cancer treatment. Hence it is very important that cancer treatment planning is done under the proper guidance of trained Cancer specialists in respective fields as per recent evidence-based guidelines. Optimal and proper sequencing of Chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation with a multidisciplinary approach helps in deriving the best outcomes in cancer patients. Also, each and every cancer patient has to be treated in an individual way with personalized treatment planning.

         Dr. Rahul Kulkarni a dedicated and expert Medical Oncologist who specializes in the field of Cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy and treatment planning,committed to providing the best scientific, evidence-based, affordable and comprehensive personalized cancer treatment plan to the patients. Dr.Rahul Kulkarni strongly believes in offering a transparent and tailored cancer treatment plan which is best suited as per the type and stage of cancer and helps in making well-informed treatment decisions.

         Dr.Rahul Kulkarni is currently working as a consultant Medical Oncologist and Hematooncologist at Sahyadri Group of Hospitals and carries out procedures, Chemotherapy and cancer treatments at all branches of Sahyadri Hospitals, Pune located at Karve Road, Hadapsar, Shastrinagar, Bibwewadi, Kothrud and Surya Hospitals. Apart from being a highly skilled clinician and oncologist, Dr. Rahul Kulkarni is known for his patient-centric and patient-friendly nature. He is also a core researcher and has numerous publications in national and international journals.
          If you are searching for an oncologist in Deccan, Kothrud, Aundh, Baner, pimple Saudagar or anywhere in Pune, then please feel free to connect with us anytime. Explore the website further to know more about Dr.Rahul Kulkarni, services, treatment options and facilities at OncoWin Clinic. You can read health information, patient testimonials, success stories, ask questions, get second opinions, online consultation or book appointments with Dr.Rahul Kulkarni for face to face consultation.
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Dr. Rahul Kulkarni|Medical Oncology|Aundh, Pune

Dr. Rahul Kulkarni

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Medical Oncology

Qualifications
MBBS,MD General Medicine, DM Medical Oncology, Dip in Geriatric Medicine, ECMO
Practicing Since
2014
Languages
English, Hindi, Marathi

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We diagnose various ailments and diseases and offer specialized treatments or perform procedures to help you tackle your condition better or recover faster.

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Breast Cancer Treatment

Lung Cancer Specialist

Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Ovarian/Gynac Cancer Treatment

Blood Cancer Treatment

Neuroendocrine Cancer Treatment

Sarcoma Treatment

Prostate Cancer Treatment

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Myeloma Treatment

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10 things to discuss in your first meeting with your Oncologist!!

When someone is suspected or diagnosed with Cancer, there are lot of questions which arise in the mind of patient as well as the relatives. Also there is lot of anxiety and patients are desperate to start treatment at the earliest. However many a times patients and relatives start the treatment without getting clear understanding or information about the cancer, its stage and complete overview of cancer treatment plan.

This may lead to lot of misunderstandings later or may also compromise further treatment plan as well. Hence it is most important that you get all the realistic information about your disease right at the start of treatment. Here are some important points which you should know and discuss with your oncologist and get things clarified before you start your treatment:
 
1) What is the exact diagnosis and type of cancer?
 
The first thing you need to understand is what is the exact diagnosis: is the cancer confirmed beyond doubt or we need to do anything else to confirm it? Generally diagnosis of cancer is confirmed after a proper biopsy which confirms the diagnosis of cancer.
 
After the diagnosis is confirmed, you should know what type of cancer is it and what is the organ of origin- There are more than 100 types and many more subtypes of cancer  and treatment of each and every cancer and its subtype is different. This is very important because many patients and their relatives don’t know the exact type of cancer which they are suffering from and then they compare their outcomes with other patients which may be having completely different  type of cancer and then they get confused and deviated from their treatment.
 
2) What is the stage of cancer?

Except blood cancers, treatment of all other cancers is based on stage of cancer. Your oncologist will be advising you some scans which may include CT scans/MRI or sometimes PETCT scan which will help to know at what places the cancer has spread. This will help to stage the cancer from Stage 1 (earliest) to stage 4 (most advanced).
 
3) What will be the intent of treatment?
 
Cancers diagnosed in Stage 1 to stage 3 can be treated with Curative intent. However the modality of treatment used to maximize the chances of cure may differ from patient to patient and as per the type of cancer. Generally stage 4 cancers cannot  be completely cured and will be treated with palliative intent i.e to control the disease and reduce the symptoms. But with advances of cancer treatment, now even some stage 4 cancers which are spread to limited sites can be cured with incorporation of multimodality treatment like chemotherapy/targeted therapy, radiation and surgery. However this is possible in selected cases and this requires treatment planning in multidisciplinary tumour board right at the beginning of treatment. On the other hand, hematological cancers like lymphomas can be cured even in stage 4 with chemotherapy and targeted therapies. So it is very important for you to know the intent of treatment before starting the treatment- Curative /potentially curative/palliative.
 
4) What will be the entire treatment plan?

It is a common observation that many patients are not aware of further treatment plan or sequence of treatment which is required for best outcomes of their disease. This may lead to dropout or compromise in their treatment and ultimately benefit achieved by earlier modality of treatment is nullified.
 
For eg: Stage 3 breast cancer generally is best treated with chemotherapy followed by surgery followed by radiation. However all modalities of treatment are equally important and cannot be omitted. On the other hand, stage 1 breast cancer requires surgery first followed by further treatment as per indications and pathology report. Similarly Stage 3 advanced Esophageal Cancer may require initial Chemotherapy + radiation followed by surgery or if surgery is not possible then only high dose radiation and chemotherapy. So get your entire treatment plan clear right at the beginning so that you get a clear idea about the type of treatment and duration of treatment.
 
5) What are the likely complications or risks involved in each treatment modality?
 
Have an open discussion with your oncologist regarding the likely complications and risks involved in surgery or chemotherapy or radiation. However probability of these complications may be very less and this information should not lead to unnecessary fear and avoidance of treatment. Generally if the intent of treatment is curative, the chances of benefit and long term cure outweighs the chances of complications. Also you should understand that cancer is a deadly disease and if we don’t treat it appropriately due to fear of complications, it will eventually spread and will be life threatening. However if the patient or family is not willing to accept the risks for the best treatment suggested  by all means, then please discuss with your oncologist regarding alternate second best treatment options.
 
6) Are there any alternate treatment options?
 
Due to recent advances in cancer treatment, there may be multiple treatment options in all fields of Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology and radiation Oncology. It may happen that certain plan of treatment may not be possible in your patient due to patient’s general condition/comorbidities or due to financial constraints. In that case alternative chemotherapy drugs or schedules, surgical and radiation techniques may help you to customize treatment according to your needs and still retaining the best possible outcomes.
 
7) What will be the approximate expenditure of the entire treatment plan?
 
It is extremely important to have a rough idea of approximate cost of entire treatment plan right at the start of treatment. This may include approximate expenses of different modalities like surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and also likely complications. This will help you to organize your finances accordingly and you will not be financially burdened all of a sudden. If you have any financial constraints or issues then please discuss suitable alternatives which can reduce the treatment cost as per individual priorty without compromising much on treatment outcomes. Some newer treatment options are ideal as per recent guidelines but not always must and treatment can be tailored to suit patients capabilities. The most important thing in cancer treatment is that you complete the entire multimodality cancer treatment as planned. Leaving the treatment half way due to financial issues will ultimately nullify the benefit of previous treatment and will be indirectly a waste of your money. Your oncologist  can be your best guide in helping you to tailor the best possible plan as per your budget.
 
8) Why is the treatment plan different than the one suggested by other doctor/Internet?
 
With the advent of technology and internet, accessing information has become very easy. However interpretation of that information and application of those treatments in right indication and right patient requires years of rigorous training and experience and that can be best done by a trained oncologist. Many patients or relatives already read about the cancer and treatment options on the internet before meeting the oncologist. Also it may happen that you already have taken opinion from another cancer specialist and you are meeting for a second opinion. In some cases the opinions may vary as per individual treatment approaches and institutional practices. In that case you can openly discuss regarding the rational for one particular approach and its pros and cons over the other. Your oncologist can help you to understand the treatment recommendations and National and International Cancer treatment guidelines based on which the treatment plan is recommended.Do not take treatment decisions solely on emotional grounds and try to understand the scientific evidence and rationale behind it.Also understand that the cancer treatment planning needs multimodality approach and involves specialist from all fields i.e Medical Oncologist ( For deciding chemotherapy/targeted therapy and planning of treatment), Surgical Oncologist ( for planning of Cancer Surgery) and radiation oncologist ( for planning of radiation therapy).
 
9) Should we tell the patient about the diagnosis?
 
This is a very common situation wherein many a times relatives don’t want to disclose the diagnosis of cancer to the patient. However as a part of ethics, we need to take patients consent before starting any cancer treatment. Hence it is recommended that patient should be given a fair idea of the disease and nature of treatment which he is likely to undergo. At the same time it is important to boost the morale of the patient as the diagnosis of cancer can develop a lot of stress. Oncologists are trained in dealing with such situations and can help the patient understand things in a step by step fashion.
 
10) What is the prognosis of the disease?

This discussion generally takes place when cancer is diagnosed at advanced stages. Though now with newer treatment options, chemotherapies, targeted therapies and immunotherapy, many cancer patients can live a good quality of life for many years, it is important to have a realistic information about the prognosis and likely course of disease. This can help the family to take important decisions, prioritize their important family events and emotional adjustments. Ultimately the entire objective of cancer treatment in advanced stages focuses on maintaining the quality of life and helping patient to spend maximum quality time with their near and dear ones and to help them fulfill their life goals.
 
After you have a clear idea about all these important points,begin your cancer treatment with lot of positivity and trust on your oncologist.Remember that cancer is like a battle and you are not alone.Your oncologist will always be there with you in this fight to help you conquer it!! 
 
Together We CAN WIN !!!

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IMMUNOTHERAPY IN CANCER TREATMENT

What is Immunotherapy?
 
Cancer immunotherapy is the artificial stimulation of the immune system to treat cancer. It helps in improving the immune system's natural ability to destroy the cancer cells.In 2018,researchers Dr.james P.Allison of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre,and Dr.Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto university Japan, were awarded Nobel Prize for revolutionary discovery of Immunotherapy
 
How does Immunotherapy work?
 
Even though the immune system can prevent or slow cancer growth, cancer cells have ways to avoid destruction by the immune system. This generally happens because cancer cells :

     1) Have genetic changes that make them less visible to the immune system.
     2) Have proteins on their surface that turn off immune cells.
     3) Change the normal cells around the tumor so they interfere with how the immune system responds to the cancer cells.

Immunotherapy helps to block these mechanisms of evading the immune system and inturn stimulates immune system to mount an attack on cancer cells.
 
What kind of cancers can be treated with Immunotherapy?
 
Currently immunotherapy is approved for use with strong evidence in Lung cancer, Melanoma, Kidney cancer, Bladder cancer, Breast Cancer, Head and neck Cancers and Gastrointestinal Cancers. Further trials are ongoing  for its use in many other cancers.
 
When is immunotherapy recommended in cancer treatment?
 
Currently Immunotherapy is only recommended in advanced /metastatic cancers and that too in selected indications and patients.Immunotherapy is not a substitute for definitive modalities of treatment like Curative Surgery,radiation or curative chemotherapy.
 
How is Immunotherapy administered?
 
Immunotherapy is administered via intravenous route in the form of infusion. It is recommended to be administered under guidance and supervision of trained Medical Oncologist who is expert in handling the drug and assessing the response and manage the effects/side effects.
 
Can immunotherapy work in all Cancers?
 
There are certain biomarkers for predicting response to immunotherapy like testing for PDL1 receptor expression, Microsatellite instability testing etc. Hence use of immunotherapy is not recommended blindly for all. Please consult your Medical Oncologist before going for immunotherapy to understand the likelihood of benefit.
 
Is Immunotherapy always better than Chemotherapy?
 
This is not true in all patients. In properly selected patients and after proper testing of biomarkers as described above, Immunotherapy may be better either alone or in combination with chemotherapy in terms of response rates or overall survival. However in other situations of advanced cancers still chemotherapy remains the backbone of systemic treatment. In other situations, targeted therapy may be more beneficial if suitable targetable mutation is present in the tumor cell.
 
Is Immunotherapy free of side effects?
 
Immunotherapy does not have typical side effects like that of chemotherapy like hair loss, vomiting, low blood counts. As a general rule immunotherapy is very well tolerated. However immunotherapy has its own set of side effects due to its effect on immune system and in some patients it can lead to flare of autoimmune diseases, Pneumonitis, diarrhoea, autoimmune anemia, endocrine dysfuctions etc. Hence always consult your medical Oncologist and discuss about the same before opting for immunotherapy.
 
How do we know immunotherapy is working?
 
Generally immunotherapy takes 3-4 months before the responses can be seen. The response can be assessed by CT/PETCT scans. Sometimes in the initial period there may be radiological increase in tumour but the patient may feel subjectively well. This phenomenon is called ‘Pseudoprogression’ which can be seen with immunotherapy. However it has to be properly analysed by your treating medical Oncologist.
 
How many cycles of immunotherapy does patient need?
 
Generally we need to give minimum 3-4 cycles of immunotherapy before we can expect any response. If there is response to treatment then ideally we need to continue immunotherapy till the patient is getting benefit and tumour is responding. However there are some reports which state that the benefit of immunotherapy may continue for sometime even after stopping after prolonged treatment. This decision should be taken after consultation with your Medical Oncologist.
 
Can Immunotherapy Cure cancer?
 
Currently there is no evidence that immunotherapy can cure cancer. Since immunotherapy is used in advanced and metastatic cancers, complete eradication of cancer cells from the body to call it as cure is not possible. However if immunotherapy works well then it can provide long term progression free and overall survival to cancer patients with good quality of life.
 
What is the cost of Immunotherapy?
 
At present immunotherapy is an expensive treatment option with approximate cost of treatment ranges from 1 to 4 lakhs per cycle. Hence proper selection of patient and use of immunotherapy in right indication and right patient is of utmost importance.

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c/o PallEx Healthcare,Sr.No 251/1/11,DP Road,Opp Aundh telephone exchange, Aundh, Pune - 411007, Maharashtra, India

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OncoWin Clinic

C/o PallEx Healthcare,Sr.No 251/1/11,DP Road,Opp Aundh telephone exchange, Aundh, Pune- 411007,Maharashtra, India

Timings

Tue, Thu, Sat : 6:30pm-8:00pm

OncoWin Clinic

Punit Yash Arcade,Kothrud Bus Stand Rd,Dahanukar Colony,Pune- 411038.

Timings

Tue, Thu, Sat : By appointments only

Sahyadri Hospital Hadapsar

SN 163, Bhosale Garden Rd, beside Bhosale Nagar, Hadapsar, Pune

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Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat : 1:00pm-3:00pm

Sahyadri Hospital,Karve Road.

Plot No. 30-C, Erandvane, Karve Rd, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune, Maharashtra 411004

Timings

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat : 9:30am-11:00am

Thu : 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sahyadri Hospital Bibwewadi.

Plot No. 13 S. No. 573, City No.281, Swami Vivekananda Marg, Parshwanath Nagar, Ramyanagari Housing Society, Bibwewadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411037

Timings

Mon : 4:00pm-5:00pm

Surya Sahyadri Hospital.

1317, Agarwal Rd, Near Shaniwar Wada, Lunanagar, Kasba Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411011

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Thu : 9:30am-10:30am

Sahyadri Superspeciality Hospital,Nagar Road.

Near Hermes Heritage, Nagar Rd, Shastrinagar, Yerawada, Pune, Maharashtra 411006

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Wed : 3:30pm-4:30pm

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