Dr. Arun Singh is a medical oncologist in Santa Monica, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I enjoy building relationships with patients and their families. It is these relationships that help sustain patients through their phases of therapy.
Why is it so crucial to see a sarcoma specialist?
Sarcomas are not one disease. They are a rare and diverse set of diseases. Each sarcoma has a distinct behavior and each type should be handled on a case by case basis. In fact, due to the rarity of these cancers, they should be cared for by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists like we have at UCLA, which is a sarcoma referral center for southern California.
What makes you want to get to the office every morning?
I am lucky to work in an area where I can help to bring hope for people. I am also lucky to be able to conduct basic science research with brand new therapies for sarcomas. It is our goal to translate these scientific discoveries from the lab into the clinic.
What are you excited about in the future of sarcoma treatment?
I think there is the opportunity to make important advances in the care of sarcoma patients in the near future. Improved understanding of the biology of these diseases will bring better targeted agents to sarcoma patients and advancements in our understanding of how the immune system fights cancers will help to bring immunotherapies to patients.
Learn more about Dr. Singh and UCLA here.