Prof Sameer BakhshiDepartment of Medical Oncology
Dr B.R.A. Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi 110029, India
Prof. Sameer Bakhshi has been awarded the Sun Pharma Science Foundation Research Award for Medical Sciences (Clinical Research) for his contribution in establishing affordable, cost-effective and practical models of Supportive Care in Cancer.
His pioneering work on drug repurposing has shown the utility of relatively non-toxic oral metronomic chemotherapy in some solid malignancies, and is now being considered as a therapeutic option in upfront palliative intent and end-stage cancer patients.
In the field of antiemetics, he brought a practice change by establishing the utility of the drug aprepitant and the antipsychotic drug olanzapine in children receiving highly emetogenic chemotherapy.
He has established outpatient clinical protocols for managing neutropenic fever, and also paradigms for early stoppage of antibiotics in patients with febrile neutropenia, so as to prevent the menace of development of multi-drug resistant organisms and at the same time save cost and toxicity for patients.