Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar

Medical Oncologist

   Sarvodaya Hospital and Research Centre , Faridabad, India

  35+ Years of experience


Qualification and Experience

Dr. Pendharkar is an accomplished medical oncologist in India. He has an experience of 35 years as a cancer specialist. His areas of expertise include General Oncology, leukemias, hematological malignancies, Breast cancer, Management of Hand-Foot Syndrome. He finished his Ph.D. in Oncology from Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow. Currently, he is the Director - Sarvodaya Cancer Institute, Faridabad. He is also a Visiting Professor at RD Gardi Medical College, Ujjain.

Contribution to Medical Science

Dr. Pendharkar is a well experienced and skilled oncologist. He has several publications to his credit. He was the Associate Editor Indian Journal of Medical and Pediatric Oncology. He is a member of the Indian Society of Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Conditions treated by Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar

A medical oncologist specializes in the treatment of different types of cancer with the help of chemotherapy and other methods like targeted therapy or immunotherapy. They are considered the primary health care provider for cancer patients. The doctor works with the other medical departments for the best results. Here is a list of some of the conditions Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar treats:

  • Rectal Cancer
  • Mixed Gliomas
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colorectal or Colon Cancer
  • Breast and Prostate Cancer
  • Meningiomas
  • Certain Types of Cancer that have been Resistant to Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatment (e.g. Melanoma)
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Brain Cancers- Astrocytoma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Oligodendrogliomas
  • Colon Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Ependymomas
  • Breast Cancer
  • Oral or Mouth Cancer

Signs and Symptoms treated by Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar

Symptoms and signs of cancer may vary from person to person and depend on the type of cancer, its location, the places cancer cells have spread. A few patients show no prominent symptoms until the cancer is far advanced. An individual with these signs and symptoms must consult their doctor. The symptoms might arise from noncancerous conditions. You must see a medical oncologist if you have any of the below-listed symptoms of cancer::

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Persistent cough or trouble breathing
  • Persistent, unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Skin changes, such as yellowing, darkening or redness of the skin, sores that won't heal, or changes to existing moles
  • Changes in bowel or bladder habits
  • Persistent indigestion or discomfort after eating
  • Fatigue
  • Weight changes, including unintended loss or gain
  • Persistent, unexplained fevers or night sweats
  • Lump or area of thickening that can be felt under the skin

Operating Hours of Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar

Dr Dinesh Pendharkar works from 11 am to 5 pm (Monday to Saturday). The doctor is not available on Sunday. You can connect with the doctor or his attendant to confirm his/her availability because the doctor may not be available in the given time due to some personal reasons or any emergencies.

Popular Procedures performed by Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar

Dr Dinesh Pendharkar performs a number of popular procedures listed below:

  • Chemotherapy

A medical oncologist uses chemotherapy for cancer treatment. It uses a combination of drugs to kill the cancerous cells in the body and prevents them from growing further. While chemotherapy could require a single drug, this is also given along with other drugs. A medical oncologist can also use hormone therapy for cancer treatment. This procedure is often used after surgery to reduce the risk of cancer returning back. In some cases, it is used before surgery. Hormone therapy is also used to treat cancer that has returned after treatment.

Past Experience

  • Consultant, Batra Hospital & Medical Research Centre, New Delhi
  • Consultant, Choithram Hospital, Indore
  • Consultant, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Senior Resident, Cancer Research Center, Moscow
  • Senior Resident, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai


  • MBBS
  • MD
  • He is the President of Indian Society of Oncology and the former Chair for International Affairs Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In past, he had been president of the Indian Society of Medical and Pediatric Oncology, Jt. Secretary Indian Society of Oncology, Associate Editor Indian journal of Medial and Pediatric Oncology.

Chemotherapy is a category of standardized drug administration of various types for the treatment of cancer. With a curative intent, some combinations of drugs are administered to a patient to prolong their life and also to bring about a reduction in the symptoms shown by the patient. Chemotherapy treatment is considered to be one of the major categories of medical oncology. Many people around the world are prescribed to undergo chemotherapy treatment instead of undergoing a surgical procedure. But many are frightened with the side effects of this treatment as it is believed to reduce the quality of life of the patients.

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is a procedure where non-specific intracellular poisons are used, which are specifically related to preventing the process of mitosis or the natural cell division of the cancerous cells. This technique rather excludes those agents that are responsible for selective extracellular growth signal blockade (signal transduction blockers). If spoken about these agents used in chemotherapy, it has been found that most of them are cytotoxic in nature due to their property of interfering with natural mitosis. However, the cells of cancer can differ widely in terms of showing susceptibility to these administered agents.

Chemotherapy can be defined as a way of mass destruction of stress cells, which would eventually lead to the death of the cells when apoptosis is initiated. The commonly known side effects of chemotherapy can be traced back to the process of damaging normal non-cancerous cells, which are in the process of rapid division. They are sensitive to anti-mitotic drugs that are being administered to the patient and such cells may include the cells of the hair follicles, digestive tract lining, and bone marrow. But nowadays treatment options have undergone a lot of modification by which these side effects can be well countered.

Types of Chemotherapy Drugs

Various options of drugs are available to treat different types of cancer including the following:

Alkylating agents: These kinds of agents prove to be extremely beneficial during the cell’s resting phase. The various kinds of alkylating agents that are employed in chemotherapy treatment include the following:

  • Mustard gas derivatives: Cyclophosphamide, mechlorethamine, chlorambucil, ifosfamide, melphalan
  • Ethylenimines: Thiotepa and hexamethylmelamine
  • Alkylsulfonates: Busulfan
  • Metal salts: Oxaliplatin, cisplatin, and carboplatin
  • Nitrosoureas: Streptozocin, lomustine, carmustine

Nitrosoureas are unique from the rest for choices in chemotherapy treatment due to their ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and treating tumors of the brain.

Plant alkaloids: Plant alkaloids employed for chemotherapy treatment are derived from plants.  These include vinca alkaloids, taxanes, podophyllotoxins, and camptothecan analogs. The plant alkaloids are cell cycle specific agents, which enables them to attack the dividing cells in various stages of their division cycle.

Antimetabolites: This kind of chemotherapy treatment involves substances that are similar in composition to the normal substances present in the cell. When these substances get incorporated in the process of cellular metabolism, then the cell is no longer able to divide. They are also cell cycle specific and can be classified further according to the substance in the cell with which they interfere.

Topoisomerase inhibitors: When the topoisomerase enzymes in the body ( topoisomerase I and II) are inhibited as a result of chemotherapy drugs, then those drugs are referred to as topoisomerase inhibitors. During the chemotherapy, the topoisomerase enzymes are responsible for controlling structural manipulation of the DNA which is necessary for the purpose of replication.

Miscellaneous antineoplastics: Different types of drugs make each chemotherapy treatment process unique. Enzymes, retinoids, adrenocortical steroid inhibitor, ribonucleotide reductase inhibitor or antimicrotubule agents can be used as chemotherapy drugs.

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Frequently Asked Questions
How many years of experience does Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar have being a medical oncologist in India?

Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar has an experience of over 35 years as a medical oncologist in India.

What are the primary treatments and surgeries does Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar as a cancer specialist?

Dr. Pendharkar’s primary treatment includes General Oncology including pediatric oncology, leukemias, hematological malignancies, Breast cancer, and Management of Hand-Foot Syndrome.

Does Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar provide Online Consultation?

Yes, Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar provides online consultation via MediGence.

How much does it cost to consult online with Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar?

It costs 14USD for online consultation with the expert.

What associations is Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar part of?

Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar is a member of the Indian Society of Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology. 

When do you need to see a cancer specialist such as Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar?

We need to consult a medical oncologist such as Dr. Pandherkar for queries regarding cancer, leukemias, hematological malignancies, Breast cancer, etc. 

How to connect with Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar for Online Consultation through MediGence?

The expert Medical Oncologist from India can be easily consulted online by registering your profile with MediGence and writing down your query. An appointment for a consultation with the expert will be scheduled. After the payment via PayPal, the Online Teleconsultation will connect the expert and the patient through a live F2F session.

What area of specialization does Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar have?
Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar is specialized in India and of the most sought after doctors in Cancer Specialist.
Does Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar offer Telemedicine Consultation through Medigence?
No, this doctor dose not offer telemedicine via MediGence
How many years of experience does Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar have?
Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar is one of the most sought after specialists in India and has over 35+ Years years of experience.
FAQ's Related to Medical Oncologist
What does a medical oncologist do?

A medical oncologist is a specialist who is trained to treat cancer using chemotherapy or other methods like immunotherapy or targeted therapy. The medical oncologist also consults with other doctors from different specialty areas to design the treatment plan. They also remain in touch with cancer patients to manage their symptoms and side effects post-treatment. In cases of incurable cancer, a medical oncologist suggests palliative or hospice care for patients. The primary job of medical oncologists is to manage cancer.

What are the tests required before and during consultation by a medical oncologist?

Medical oncologists perform the below-given tests to confirm cancer:

  • Biopsy
  • Physical Exam
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Imaging Tests
  • Cancer Screening

Biopsy is the most preferred test to confirm cancer. It is the removal of a small amount of tissue from specific parts of your body followed by examination under a microscope to find the presence of cancer or any other abnormalities.

When should you go to see a medical oncologist?

A person may be referred to a medical oncologist when the primary case doctor thinks that the person shows cancer symptoms. The medical oncologist evaluates the condition of the patient and examines to confirm cancer. You need to see a medical oncologist if you experience the symptoms listed below:

  1. Change in bowel or bladder habits
  2. Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  3. Change in a wart/mole
  4. Nagging cough
  5. A sore throat
  6. Unusual bleeding or discharge
  7. Lump in the breast or elsewhere
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