Dr Ganesh Radhakrishna
Dr Ganesh Radhakrishna - Consultant Clinical Oncologist
The Bexley Wing at St James's University Hospital is the home of one of the most advanced cancer centres in the world. Each year, thousands of patients from across the UK receive treatment, care and support in the specialist unit.
Cancer is one of the UK's most high-profile group of conditions, with many people being diagnosed each and every day. In Leeds, we are fortunate to have world-leading experts who are helping to treat and cure people of these terrible illnesses.
Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Dr Ganesh Radhakrishna has been working at the Leeds Cancer Centre for six years.
"It is a real privilege to work at St James's. Each day I have the opportunity to work alongside wonderful people who are experts in their respective fields; people who help to contribute to the advancement of medicine for the good of humanity," said Ganesh. "There's a great sense of camaraderie between all of the staff working in the departments. We are incredibly supportive of each other and work as a team to achieve the right outcomes."
"There's a positive atmosphere here in Leeds; an environment which engenders a spirit of innovation and enhances patient care," he explained. "It gives me an enormous sense of pride to work as part of the team at the Leeds Cancer Centre, delivering world-class care and to sharing in its prestige."
Dr Radhakrishna specialises in treating pancreatic and oesophageal cancers and plays a key role in managing patients with these conditions. As a consultant, he follows a patient through their journey with cancer every step of the way.
As a teaching hospital trust, doctors such as Ganesh are responsible for the practical education of medical students and development of Junior Doctors. This is didactic element of the job is vital in helping the NHS to develop the clinicians of the future.
"Caring for patients living with cancer can be an emotional one - as a doctor, you build relationships with the people in your care and see them through highs and through the lows - and at the end of the day, I am looking after individuals, each unique, and not just numbers. Cancer always seems to be a really 'personal' condition," explained Ganesh. "Seeing patients come through cancer and stay free from the condition gives me a real sense of satisfaction. However, not all stories end so well, but we have a great team here to support families through difficult times."
"Typically, no two days are the same, but generally, I spend my time in clinics, conducting ward rounds and delivering Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and Brachytherapy. We have developed sophisticated and complex ways of tackling cancers, and a range of treatment options are available to clinicians depending on the nature of the condition," he said. "The opportunity to educate young people is one of the real highlights of my role. Helping the next generation of doctors in their development towards becoming a consultant is incredibly fulfilling."