So It's Cancer: Now What?

Dr Ranjana Srivastava
Alumna Dr Ranjana Srivastava, author of So it's cancer: now what?

So it's Cancer: Now What? is Monash alumna Dr Ranjana Srivastava's  practical, comprehensive guide to what to do when cancer enters your life. 

The words "you have cancer" can set in motion a chain of events that leave patients feeling out of control of their body and circumstance. 

In this book, medical oncologist, general physician, educator and award-winning author Dr Srivastava demystifies cancer and how is it treated, surgery options, and pain management. 

Her aim is to help cancer patients make informed decisions.

Dr Srivastava (MBBS (Hons) 1997) was educated in India, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, and graduated from Monash University with a first-class honours degree and several awards in medicine.

She undertook her internship, residency and specialist training at various Melbourne hospitals and was admitted to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as a medical oncologist in 2005.

She is currently practising at Monash Health, one of Australia’s largest public hospital networks.

Dr Srivastava’s training and volunteering experiences at organisations such as the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and on the ground in the Maldives in the aftermath of the 2005 tsunami, have led her to focus on bridging disparities in health care.

Through her role as a doctor and author she has also explored the moral and ethical challenges of modern medicine including communication between patients and health-care providers and access to end of life care.

Dr Srivastava 's writing has been featured worldwide including in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and JAMA as well as Time magazine and The Week. She has also been featured in prominent newspapers including The Age and the New York Times. She is a current columnist for The Guardian.

In 2008 her story Ode to a Patient won the Cancer Council Victoria Arts Award for outstanding writing. Her first book, Tell Me The Truth: Conversations With My Patients about Life and Death was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Her second book, Dying for a Chat: The Communication Breakdown between Doctors and Patients won the 2013 Australian Human Rights Commission Literature Prize.

Dr Srivastava is also a frequent speaker on medicine, society and humanity at community events and in the media.

Across her career Dr Srivastava has received many awards for her success in the field. In 2004 she received the Australian Fulbright (Alumni) Association's prestigious WG Walker Memorial Award which allowed her to complete a fellowship in medical ethics and communication at the University of Chicago.

 In 2012 she was awarded a place in the prestigious Williamson Community Leadership Program and in 2013 she was appointed to the Victoria Government’s Health Services Review Council. In 2014 she was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from Monash University.

She remains actively involved in the education of junior doctors and international medical graduates and supports Monash University medical students through mentoring, interviewing and teaching.