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Dr Roopa Gawarikar

MBBS, FRANZCR, FFPMANZCA
Radiation Oncologist
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Dr Gawarikar is the only dual qualified Radiation Oncologist and Specialist Pain Medicine Physician in Australia.

Dr Gawarikar understands each patient’s experience with pain and cancer is unique. She is committed to delivering the best possible individualised treatment plans and believes early involvement in a patient’s pain journey delivers the best outcomes. She is dedicated, sincere and compassionate towards her patients and works in partnership with each patient and other involved specialists to improve the patient’s pain and overall quality of life.

Biography

Dr Gawarikar (nee Lakhanpal) is the only dual qualified Radiation Oncologist and Specialist Pain Medicine Physician in Australia. She aims to deliver comprehensive cancer pain management utilising palliative radiation therapy, interventional procedures (blocks, neurolysis, neuromodulation), pharmacotherapy including ketamine infusions, psychoeducational self-pain management education, and physical reconditioning.

Dr Gawarikar graduated in 2003 from the University of Pune. She completed her Radiation Oncology training in Newcastle and Canberra and was awarded Fellowship to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR) in 2013.

She worked as a locum Radiation Oncologist at The Canberra Hospital where she was actively involved in treating patients with lung, gynecological and breast malignancies, and running the Palliative Rapid Access Clinic for treating patients with painful bone metastasis. She then completed further sub-specialty training in pain medicine at The Canberra Hospital and was awarded Fellowship in Pain Medicine (FFPMANZCA) in 2017.

Dr Gawarikar has several publications as the first author and has presented at many national and international conferences. She was winner of the Best of the Best Oral Presentation at the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s Annual Scientific Meeting in 2014. She was an Australian National University Research Fellow in 2012 and collaborated with researchers from Queen’s University, London, on her project involving immunohistochemical marker to predict local recurrence risk in breast cancer. She is currently leading a Cochrane review and involved in several other projects.

Dr Gawarikar is involved in teaching and conducting examinations for medical students at Australian National University (ANU).

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Australian Pain Society (APS)
  • European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)
  • Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA)
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR)
  • Spine Intervention Society (SIS)
  • Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG)

Special Interests

Dr Roopa Gawarikar accepts referrals for all cancer types, with a special clinical interest in:
  • Lung cancer
  • Multimodal cancer pain management
  • Palliative radiation therapy

Icon Locations

Canberra View centre

Previous Positions

    • Staff Specialist, Pain Medicine Unit, The Canberra Hospital
    • Staff Specialist, Calvary Hospital
    • State Committee Representative, NSW Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
    • Locum Consultant Radiation Oncologist, The Canberra Hospital
    • Lecturer, ANU School of Medicine
    • ANU Research Fellow in Radiation Oncology, The Canberra Hospital

Publications

  • Omission of whole breast irradiation for postmenopausal women with early breast cancer. Lakhanpal R, Jensen K, Shadbolt B, Sullivan L. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD012469. https://doi.org//10.1002/14651858.CD012469

  • IHC4 score plus clinical treatment score predicts locoregional recurrence in early breast cancer. Lakhanpal R, Sestak I, Shadbolt B, Bennett G, Brown M, Phillips T, Bullman A, Zhang Y, Rezo A. Breast 2016 Oct;29:147-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.breast.2016.06.019

  • Geriatric assessment of older patients with cancer in Australia – a multicentre audit. Lakhanpal R, Yoong J, Joshi S, Yip D et al. Journal of Geriatric Oncology 2015 May;6(3):185-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jgo.2015.03.001

  • Docetaxel and cyclophosphamide as adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer: primary prophylaxis with G-CSF is required. Lakhanpal R, Stuart-Harris R, Chan A, Kotasek D, Beith J, Cuff K, Bastick P, Lee C. Breast Cancer Management 2013 September;2(5):367-74. https://doi.org/10.2217/bmt.13.41

  • Combined IHC4 score and local recurrence in breast cancer. Lakhanpal R, Shadbolt B, Bennett G, Brown M, Phillips T, Bullman A, Rezo A. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2014 May;32:15_suppl, 549-549. DOI: 10.1200/jco.2014.32.15_suppl.549

  • Predictive value of immunohistochemical 4 plus clinical treatment score in determining risk of loco regional recurrence in early breast cancer. Lakhanpal R, Shadbolt B, Bennett G, Brown M, Phillips T, Bullman A, Rezo A. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology December 2014;10(S8), 77-124. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajco.12304

  • IHC4 + CTS determines risk of LRC in early breast cancer. Lakhanpal R, Shadbolt B, Genevieve B et al. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology 2014;58, 1-62.

  • A multicenter audit of the incidence of febrile neutropenia and neutropenia associated with docetaxel and cyclophosphamide (TC) chemotherapy for early breast cancer. Lakhanpal R, Stuart-Harris R, Chan A, Kotasek D, Beith J, Cuff K, Bastick P, Lee C. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2013 May;31:15_suppl, 1079-1079. DOI: 10.1200/jco.2013.31.15_suppl.1079

  • Geriatric assessment (GA) of older patients with cancer in Australia: A national, multicenter audit. Joshi S, Steer CB, Yoong J, Lakhanpal R et al. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2011 May;29:15_suppl, 9134-9134. DOI: 10.1200/jco.2011.29.15_suppl.9134

  • Geriatric assessment (GA) of older patients with cancer in Australia – a multicentre audit. Joshi S, Steer CB, Yoong J, Lakhanpal R et al. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 2010;6(Suppl. 3), 150-253.

  • Cervical spinal cord stimulation for intractable neuropathic pain from neoplastic brachial plexopathy: Case Report. Lakhanpal R, Jain R. Interventional Cancer Pain Symposium 2017, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York.

  • Quality Assurance audit of cervical cancer patients treated with brachytherapy at the Canberra Hospital. Lakhanpal R, Rezo A, Shadbolt B. Faculty of Radiation Oncology Annual Scientific meeting Cairns 2012 .DOI:10.1594/ranzcrfro2012/RO-0011

  • Renal Artery Pseudoaneurysm, A Rare Delayed Complication of Blunt Abdominal Trauma. Lakhanpal R , Chan V. European Society of Radiology Radiological Case Database. 10.1594/EURORAD/CASE.6024

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