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Dr. Seetharam Joins Arizona Oncology

9/10/2010

Will Work on Phase I Clinical Trials with Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center and TGen 

SCOTTSDALE.—Mahesh Seetharam, M.D. has joined Arizona Oncology’s Scottsdale and Phoenix offices as a medical oncologist. He also will practice one day each week in the research clinic at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare to see patients sent from Arizona Oncology for Phase I Clinical Research Trials—small groups identified for testing experimental drugs or treatments for the first time. This opens up even greater opportunities for Arizona Oncology patients to receive cutting-edge treatments.

Dr. Seetharam joins a program that has developed an international reputation for sophisticated approaches to cancer treatment. Research studies at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center are conducted in collaboration with TGen and the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute, allowing molecular and genomic discoveries to reach the patient bedside as quickly as possible through clinical trials of therapies directed at specific targets in a patient’s tumor. Cancer patients travel from across Arizona, the United States and beyond for treatment at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare.

The Arizona Oncology office is affiliated with US Oncology, giving patients access to the latest treatments and state-of-the-art technology. In addition, patients have access to the latest research and clinical trials through both the Arizona Oncology and US Oncology networks.

“US Oncology’s tagline, ‘United in Healing,’ states our philosophy best, as we combine the best patient care with the best science available to our patients,” said Dr. Seetharam. “Our hope is that our patients lives will be improved and that hopefully, we will cure their cancer.”

Originally from, India, Dr. Seetharam is coming to the Valley after completing a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Stanford University Hospital. During that time, he served as an investigator on multiple clinical trials and wrote a phase II protocol for Ewing’s sarcoma. He has a particular interest in sarcomas, which are cancers that develop in the connective tissue.

Dr. Seetharam received his medical degree from the Government College in Mysore, India. He completed a Cancer Research Training Award Fellowship in tumor immunology and biology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he worked on developing cancer vaccine trials. He then completed his internal medicine residency at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York, where he served as a chief resident for an additional year. Dr. Seetharam is a member of the American Society of Hematology and American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Seetharam will be providing advanced and comprehensive cancer care for all types of cancers, as part of the Arizona Oncology network, which treats more cancer patients than any other cancer care provider in the state of Arizona. With 48 physicians practicing in more than 24 offices statewide, Arizona Oncology brings care close to home and to patients’ support systems.

“Dr. Seetharam is a wonderful physician with a deep and abiding interest in patient care and research,” says Michael Roberts, MD, senior medical oncologist, Arizona Oncology.  “He brings protocols from Stanford University and will be working with Dr. Ramesh Ramanathan at Scottsdale Healthcare and TGen to develop Phase II trials at Arizona Oncology.” 

Arizona Oncology’s Scottsdale office is located at 10460 N. 92ndStreet, Suite 400. For more information or to make an appointment, call 480-860-2540.

 

 

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ABOUT ARIZONA ONCOLOGY

Arizona Oncology is the largest group of medical professionals in Arizona devoted exclusively to cancer care. With 48 practicing physicians, we serve patients at more than 24 locations throughout Arizona, including Cottonwood, Deer Valley, Flagstaff, Green Valley, Marana, Nogales, Oro Valley, Phoenix, Prescott Valley, Safford, Scottsdale, Sedona, Sierra Vista and Tucson. We are proud to provide comprehensive, compassionate, cancer care in a patient-focused, cost effective, community-based setting. Arizona Oncology provides patients with access to the latest treatments, state-of-the-art technology and access to cutting edge nationwide research and clinical trials. We believe it is beneficial when these therapies are provided in a community setting, close to patients' home and your support system. Our physicians are supported by talented clinical staff members who are sensitive to the needs of cancer patients and their caregivers. For more information, please visit www.ArizonaOncology.com.

 

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA G. PIPER CANCER CENTER AT SCOTTSDALE HEALTHCARE

The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare opened in 2001 at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center as the first major cancer center in greater Phoenix to offer comprehensive cancer research, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and support services in a single location. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has awarded Accreditation with Commendation to the Scottsdale Healthcare cancer program. For more information, visit www.shc.org/cancercare.