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Virginia Piper Cancer Institute®

  • Accredited by the Commission on Cancer for high quality cancer care in the community graphic

    The  Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® provides comprehensive care through all aspects of cancer prevention, early detection and treatment to help individuals maintain quality of life and find ways to live with and beyond cancer.

    We believe that the care we provide is as unique as the patients and families we serve. The life of every individual we encounter is defined by many experiences. Cancer is just one of them.

    We are here to understand the needs you and your family have and to guide and support you every step of the way.

  • Your care team

    Your expert care team includes a medical oncologist, surgeons, nurse practitioner, nurses, pharmacist and cancer care coordinator.

    This team participates in regular treatment planning conferences to ensure that treatment plans reflect the individual needs of each patient.

    The care team also includes social workers, a chaplain and dietitians who work within District One Hospital.

    Together, the team strives to address your physical, spiritual and emotional needs.

    Providers

    Henry Busch, MD

    Surgeons

    Henry Busch, Jr., MD


    Maxfield Richardson, MD

    Maxfield Richardson, DO


    Bhanu Vakkalanka, MD

    Medical oncologist

    Bhanu Vakkalanka, MD

    Our medical oncologist will oversee your general cancer care and will work with other specialists to coordinate your treatments. Medical oncologists prescribe chemotherapy and other anti-cancer drugs, as well as pain medicine.


    Amy Selly, CNP

    Nurse practitioner

    Amy Selly, CNP, AOCNP

    Our nurse practitioner works closely with physicians, surgeons and families to care for individuals with cancer and support them through all stages of treatment. Working closely with our medical oncologist, the nurse practitioner will see you on a regular basis to ensure that potential side effects of treatment are managed. The nurse practitioner will provide holistic care that addresses the needs of your body, mind and spirit. After you have completed treatment, the nurse practitioner will provide you with a survivorship treatment summary.


    Sharon Miller, RN, OCN

    Cancer care coordinator

    Sharon Miller, RN, OCN

    The cancer care coordinator is an experienced registered nurse who meets with patients and families to provide support and assist in efficiently navigating the medical system, from diagnosis through treatment to follow up. The role of a cancer care coordinator includes:

    • working closely with various doctors' offices to assist with scheduling appointments in a timely manner
    • providing ongoing support and education to patients and caregivers
    • educating patients about available support programs and services in the community
    • follow-up treatment coordination

    Social worker

    Jean Brazil