Revathi Angitapalli, MD
- Arlington, TX / Arlington - USMD
“My oncology training encompassed leukemia, lymphoma—all types of cancer,” she says. “But when I began studying breast cancer, I really felt my heart was in it. That’s when I knew how I wanted to help people.”Dr. Angitapalli’s breast cancer professor became her mentor. “Eighty percent of my oncology patients have breast cancer,” she says. “During treatment, a patient is in the most completely vulnerable state a person can be in. Treatment can affect so many aspects of a woman’s life, so before we talk about their cancer stage, treatment options and the diagnostic tools that will help us determine the best chemo for them, I ask questions. I have to know about the patient more than anything else. What is she going through? How much family and social support does she have? Does she have someone to go through treatment with her?”
Revathi Angitapalli, M.D. is dedicated to providing comprehensive cancer treatment to patients in Arlington. In her whole-person approach, Dr. Angitapalli takes her time with each patient and works closely with a team of surgeons, radiation oncologists, nurses, dieticians, patient navigators, and other support staff to ensure that each individual receives a customized treatment plan. This approach provides the best opportunity for a cure while focusing on maintaining the patient’s quality of life.
Dr. Angitapalli earned a medical degree from the NTR University of Health Sciences-Kurnool Medical College in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India. She completed her internship at NTR University of Health Sciences-Government General Hospital in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India. Dr. Angitapalli completed her residency at New York Medical College in the Bronx, New York. Her Fellowship was completed at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. She was a Visiting Associate Physician at Rockefeller University, New York, NY.
Throughout it all, Dr. Angitapalli thinks of the people she treats not as patients, but as members of her family. And she strives to treat each patient the way she would want a member of her family to be treated—offering her understanding and empathy on every aspect of their treatment. Breast cancer treatment takes an emotional and physical toll on women, too. “Sometimes side effects of treatment can impact their quality of life and even affect their marriage,” Dr. Angitapalli. “Sometimes all that information isn’t always forthcoming from patients, and I really have to ask about it,” she says. “‘How can I help?’ When they know you’re asking because you care for them, then they open up, and I can tell them, ‘Here are the medications that can help with the severity and frequency of your symptoms.’ Once I can provide help for those types of symptoms, it can be a huge improvement in the patient’s quality of life.”