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Sanjay S. Reddy, MD
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Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology
Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), gastric cancer, hepatobiliary cancer, general and minimally invasive surgery
I decided to join the Fox Chase Cancer Center team in conquering cancer because I saw first-hand the dramatic difference we can make here. I decided to continue my training in Philadelphia after completing my general surgery residency in New York City, under the tutelage of my father, also a surgeon who spent many years treating cancer. I completed a two-year fellowship in complex surgical oncology at Fox Chase, working closely with various multidisciplinary teams in caring for patients with colorectal, liver, pancreatic and stomach cancers, in addition to melanoma and sarcomas. Being trained by leaders in the field, I had the unique opportunity to hone my skills and expertise, and apply them to my own clinical practice.
I have extensive training in traditional open surgery, as well as laparoscopic and robotic techniques, allowing me to offer individualized care to patients. I have particular interests in the management of sarcomas and colorectal, melanoma and pancreatic cancers. The implementation of minimally-invasive surgical techniques to the management of colorectal cancer is routinely offered at Fox Chase, and similar techniques are used to address pancreatic diseases. I also have a keen interest in the use of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), following cytoreductive surgery for cancer of the peritoneum, including appendix cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma and pseudomyxoma peritonei. In addition to this, there is a necessity to understand the benefit of, and perform further research, incorporating HIPEC in patients with colorectal and gastric cancers, which our team will explore further.
The benefit of an NCI-designated cancer center is that we are able to offer many innovative strategies in treating all types of cancers. Whether through a national clinical trial or particular surgical technique, we optimize patient care to the individual. I believe the physician-patient relationship is one of the foundations to building a plan to treat cancer, and I offer guidance through each stage of treatment. Medicine has always been a family-oriented field for me; with my father being a surgeon, and mother an anesthesiologist, I take great pride in offering compassion and honesty in formulating individualized treatment plans for every patient and his or her family.
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- Fellowship, Surgical Oncology Fellow, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
- Residency, General Surgery, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
- Complex Surgical Oncology, 2014
- American Board of Surgery, 2012
- American College of Surgeons
- Clinical Robotics Surgical Association
- Association for Academic Surgery
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- Society of Surgical Oncology
- Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
- Pancreas Club
- American Cancer Society- Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter
Honors & Awards
- The John (Drew) Ridge Fellowship Award in Surgical Oncology, 2014
- Resident Teaching Award, Beth Israel Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine,2011
- Resident Teaching Award, St. Vincent's Medical Center, New York Medical College, 2010
- Harriet Gold Foundation, Scholar ini Humanism Award, New York Medical College, 2010
- Academic Achievement in Molecular Cell Biology, St. Vincent's Medical Center, New York, NY, 2009
- Pi Kappa Alpha, Honors Society, 2002-2003
- University of Connecticut Dean's List, 2002-2003
In August 2015, Robert Evans, 70, went to a local suburban Philadelphia hospital to have surgery for a ruptured bowl after experiencing extreme pain in his abdomen. During the surgery, doctors decided it was best to remove his appendix because it was enflamed and interfering with the procedure. This was a fairly routine procedure and a cancer diagnoses was far from Robert’s mind.
In the summer of 2003, Mahmood Saeed was enjoying a typical day in his native Pakistan, playing a round of golf with friends on a sunny day, when he was suddenly overwhelmed by shooting pain in his abdomen. Having passed out from the pain, he woke up to find himself in a hospital. Doctors immediately diagnosed Mahmood with severe pancreatitis and he went directly into surgery. But what the surgeons found was much worse than pancreatitis - cancer had spread throughout Mahmood’s kidney. He was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and surgeons removed the kidney immediately.
In September of 2015, Diane noticed something unusual - blood in her stool. Obviously concerned, she made an appointment with her local gastroenterologist who performed a colonoscopy in March of 2015. The test revealed a 2-inch bleeding polyp on her colon. The doctor initially diagnosed Diane with hemorrhoids because she had none of the common symptoms of colon cancer such as weight loss or stomach pain.
A year before her diagnosis of melanoma on her left lateral thigh, Amanda Racan’s younger sister, who loves in Maryland, was diagnosed with the same cancer. “My sister’s diagnosis shook our family,” recalls Amanda, 35. “We faced so many unknowns. Thanks to prompt treatment, she beat it, and just had her first baby.
For a few months, Darryl Hall wasn’t feeling right. He was constipated and had difficulty with bowel movements. “I hadn’t been to a doctor in several years, so I decided that I should get this checked out,” recalls Darryl, 65. “My family doctor ordered both a CAT and an X-Ray and I was told a mass was detected. I was referred to a surgeon at my local hospital. After two colposcopies and anexploratory surgery, I still didn’t have answers. I would go back to see several doctors at my community hospital and the doctors never seemed to communicate. I was getting frustrated and I knew I needed to get a second opinion.”
My research interest for colorectal malignancies focuses on the use of national cancer databases to assess the accuracy of clinical staging, to see if this has improved over time, and to observe reporting standards between academic institutions versus other centers. As treatment of colorectal cancers involve multimodality planning, accurate clinical staging proves to be the foundation on how best to deliver care.
I also have a strong research interest in the vascular resectability staging of pancreatic cancer. Currently under review is our preoperative venous and arterial staging for borderline resectable pancreatic cancers and whether we are able to predict from preoperative imaging the likelihood of clear margin achievement and prognosis. As treatment of borderline resectable pancreatic cancer continues to evolve, accurate preoperative vascular resectability staging is imperative to assess and guide multimodality therapy.
Barnica VH, Reddy SS, Wu H, Fang Z, Olszanski A, Farma JM. High Mitotic Rates in Patients with Cutaneous Melanoma. (Manuscript pending publication).
Reddy SS, Cooper HS, Ruth K, Chun YS, Watson JC, Hoffman JP. The Role of Adjuvant Chemoradiotherapy in Pancreatobiliary versus Intestinal Subtypes of Ampullary Cancers. Gastroenterology. Volume 144(5). 1107-1108. (Manuscript pending publication).
Reddy SS, Boukovalas S, Barnica V, Fang Z, Wu H, Farma JM. The Presence of Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes and their Role as a Prognostic Indicator for Melanoma. (Manuscript pending publication).
Reddy SS, Hoffman JP. Letter to the Editor Referencing, Kelly et al, Vein Involvement during Pancreaticoduodenectomy: is there a need for Redefinition of “Borderline Resectable Disease?” Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. February 2014.
Reddy SS, Leitman IM. Blood Transfusions in the Surgical Patient: A Gift of Life, but at What Cost? J Surg Res. Volume 181 (2): 216-218. May 2013.
Reddy SS, Leitman IM. Pharmacotherapy for Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: The Science Behind the Promise. J Surg Res. Volume 181(2): 222-224. May 2013.
Reddy SS, Bloom ND. En Bloc Resection of Extra-Peritoneal Soft Tissue Neoplasms Incorporating a Type III Internal Hemipelvectomy: a Novel Approach. World J Surg Oncol. Volume 10(222): 1-6. October 2012.
Wayne MG, Reddy SS, Pacholka J, Yuan S, Levi G. Inflammatory Pseudotumor of the Spleen: Case Report. Journal of Solid Tumors. Volume 2(2): 43-46. April 2012.
Chander RK, Iskander M, Reddy SS, Kigongo S, Ingram M, Madlinger RV. Laparoscopic Dissection of Para-Aortic Mass. Surgical Science. August 2011.
Martins PN, Reddy SS, Martins AB, Facciuto ME. Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma of the Liver: An Unusual Presentation of a Rare Tumor and Literature Review. Journal of Hepatobiliary Pancreat Dis Int. Volume 10: 443-5. August 2011.