NAH expands its cancer care in the Verde Valley

Beginning this spring, Northern Arizona Healthcare will expand its cancer care to add medical oncology to its existing radiation and surgical cancer services.

Medical oncology uses chemotherapy, as well as hormonal, biological and targeted therapy for the treatment of cancer.

Patients wishing to receive their cancer treatments in the Verde Valley are asked to call our Nurse Navigators at 928-204-4170.

Joining the NAH team to oversee the program will be Madhuri Kadiyala, MD. Dr. Kadiyala has more than 20 years of experience in oncology and hematology, most recently practicing at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minn. She attended medical school at the New Jersey Medical School; completed her residency program at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and her Fellowship in Oncology/Hematology at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Yeshiva University, Bronx, N.Y.

“We are excited to have a physician with Dr. Kadiyala’s experience join us as we start this new service and build a comprehensive cancer program for Northern Arizona Healthcare,” said Beth Baughman DuPree, MD, NAH Oncology Medical Director and Breast Surgeon.

Dr. Kadiyala will see patients in her clinic at NAH’s Verde Valley Medical Center – Sedona Campus as well as at the VVMC main campus in Cottonwood. Initially, infusion treatments will be performed at VVMC while the Sedona Campus is renovated to meet regulations and as part of a larger facility planning initiative to support cancer services. Health systems are required to meet stricter regulations for providing infusion than private practices offering the same service.

“Aligning three methods of cancer care – surgical, chemotherapy and radiation – within our offerings will allow us to create seamless experiences for our patients with help from Drs. Kadiyala and DuPree, as well as David Beyer, MD, who oversees the radiation oncology program,” said Carole Peet, NAH Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Verde Market. “Nurse Navigators, who are members of our care team, will now be able to more easily guide patients on their treatment journey as integrated partners in all three types of treatment.”