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Pallavi P. Kumar, M.D., became the director of medical oncology for LifeBridge Health's Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute in summer 2021. Dr. Kumar completed her residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University and Sinai Hospital and her fellowship in hematology/oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Her interests include gastrointestinal cancers, gynecologic cancers and melanoma. She is passionate about immunotherapy and clinical trials aimed at advancing cancer treatment.

Q: What types of cancers are treated at the Alvin & Lois
Lapidus Cancer Institute?


 We focus on all solid tumors and blood disorders; however, if there are specialized diagnoses, we have strong relationships with surrounding centers to provide the care the patient needs.

Q: What are some of the main services available to


Our patients receive consultations from a surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist, where we can profile a tumor to optimize treatments. With services

like nurse navigators, genetic counseling, nutritional guidance and support groups, we provide patients with a comprehensive approach to their medical care.

Q: What is your role as director of medical oncology?


 I ensure we're providing quality oncologic care to the community—with a focus on multidisciplinary approaches to patients—through collaboration with colleagues, clinical trials and research work.

Q: What's in the works for cancer care?


We're working to unify our processes across the LifeBridge Health system, including Sinai, Northwest and Carroll hospitals. We're also building a new cancer
center — which will encompass all disciplines of cancer — on the Sinai Hospital campus. This exciting project will house the latest management and treatment strategies

under one roof.

Q: What does it mean to invest in quality cancer care?


 Offering the best treatments by working together. Oncology works with other departments such as surgery, radiology, pathology, nursing and more to provide the essential care a patient requires. Continued education for our team allows us to expand our abilities with the personalized care our patients are seeking.

Q: What sets LifeBridge Health's oncology care apart from others in the region?


 I think it's the advanced practitioners, nurse navigators, research nurses and medical assistants who provide the focused care our patients require. As a provider, it's essential for my patients to receive attentive care during this difficult time. When providers are part of the treatment planning and management for patients, their cases can be discussed in a forum of skilled physicians and staff.

The Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute and the William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center offer advanced diagnostic and treatment services for many types of cancer. With a team approach to patient-centered care, our specialists also provide supportive care related to pain management and survivorship. 

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