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Introducing Dr. Adarsh Sidda to Texas Oncology—Denison Cancer Center

August 29, 2022

Adarsh Sidda, M.D., hematologist and medical oncologist, is now seeing patients at Texas Oncology—Denison Cancer Center. Dr. Sidda describes the legacy he wants to leave as a physician and the importance of providing accessible cancer care to patients across the globe.

What are some of the most valuable lessons you have learned in your medical education?

To be receptive to the idea of change and evolution in the field of medicine. Because cancer care is highly dynamic and each patient is different from the next, it is important to have the flexibility and patience to adapt on the go. I lost my grandfather to pancreatic cancer when I was in medical school, and it had a significant impact on my career choice. Having the privilege to help cancer patients and their families is truly gratifying. While certain cases are challenging, focusing on the positive in my patient interactions continues to foster my growth not only as physician, but as a person.

What would you like your legacy as a physician to be?

That I centered my practice around trying to empower my patients with knowledge and encouragement so they have the necessary tools to face any adversities during their cancer fighting journey.

What are you most looking forward to as cancer treatment continues to evolve?

As we dig deeper to find oncologic treatments and solutions, I stand amazed at the progress we have made thus far, from the advent of immuno-oncology to the rapid advancements in the field of geonomics and targeted therapy. As we continue to expand upon the medicines available, we are better able to treat our patients while minimizing side effects. I am looking forward to seeing what else molecular scientists can conjure up in the future to enable us to continue providing individualized care.

What is a social cause you’re passionate about?

I am passionate about the equalization of cancer care across all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Not only regionally or nationally, but internationally as well. I think it is important to recognize these disparities and highlight ways to make cancer care available to all individuals across the globe.

What are you regularly tuning into right now (e.g., podcast, show, music, book, etc.)?

These days, I am forcibly tuned into “Paw Patrol,” “Peppa Pig,” “Dora the Explorer,” “Blippi,” and “Bluey,” on account of my two little boys. But when I do get some time for myself, I try to listen to philosophical musings from various “gurus” to help keep me grounded like Ted Talks, ESPN, and meditation apps. I also try to watch prime time sports events when I can. In terms of music, it is usually the flavor of the day, ranging from jazz to rock to hip-hop, depending on my mood.

If you weren’t a doctor, what would you be?

Even though I have never had any formal training or proper music lessons, I think I would try my hand as a music producer. Music is the universal language that connects us all, and I think I would enjoy being able to create sounds and harmonies that entice our emotions.

Do you play any instruments? If so, what do you play and how did you get started?

Yes, at least I try to. I play the drums and guitar. It started in medical school when the school’s band was left without a drummer after their original drummer quit. They were playing in a local competition and were covering a few easy rock songs. I had never formally played the drums before, but I did have some understanding of the drums and overall concept of rhythm. The band told me to jump in on the drum kit and give it a shot. Two weeks later, we covered “Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Guns N’ Roses at the competition. This experience made me appreciate the camaraderie between musicians a lot more.

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