Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM

Fulbright Scholar, Oncologist, Writer & Broadcaster

Listen to Dr Srivastava's series on living with chronic illness on Radio National

Welcome to my website! I am a physician practicing oncology and internal medicine in Australia. I believe that the art of medicine is as important as its science and I am grateful for the support of the institutions and individuals who make it possible for me to promote my mission.

I invite you to read my columns and books and get in touch with your comments.

The Interpreter

When an interpreter hesitates before translating bad news, an oncologist realises how little consideration most health care professionals give to these invaluable conduits who are also human beings, emotionally affected by the news they help to break.

Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM, was educated in India, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. She graduated from Monash University with a first-class honours degree and several awards in medicine. Ranjana undertook her internship, residency and specialist training at various Melbourne hospitals.

In 2004 she won the prestigious Fulbright Award, which she completed at the University of Chicago. She was admitted as a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2005 and started practicing oncology in the public hospital system. In 2014 Ranjana was recognised by Monash University as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year. She was also appointed an adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Ranjana was included in Westpac’s 100 Influential Women of 2015.

An unimpressed nurse summons the oncology fellow to the chemotherapy chair. "I am not prepared to treat him with chemo. He can barely stay awake." "But his oncologist wants to push on," the fellow responds. "The patient doesn't seem to understand how sick he is or how chemotherapy is doing harm.
Being made a member of the Order of Australia has prompted me to question how I repay a country for improving my life and giving me the opportunity - as a doctor and a writer - to make things better for the next generation

E.S. Meyers Lecture 2016 University of Queensland

Uploaded by UQMS - University of Queensland Medical Society on 2016-11-07.
With warmth and vigour, After Cancer demystifies the aftermath of treatment, delving into what survivorship really entails. Oncologist Dr Ranjana Srivastava also introduces a useful survivorship template.
Ranjana Srivastava is a published author, an accomplished doctor, an attentive mother and a happy wife. But, at 15 years old, she was no different to any teenager: pissed off with her parents. The academically gifted student had just been named the incoming school captain of her Catholic girls' school in Bihar, a state in the north of India.
Winner of the 2013 Human Rights Literature Award
So it's Cancer: Now What? Is a practical, comprehensive guide to what to do when cancer enters your life, by medical oncologist and award-winning author Ranjana Srivastava.