• Destination Cancer Care, Right in Your Neighborhood.

    If you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, your world can be turned upside down. The Dyson Center for Cancer Care, the Dyson Breast Center and Health Quest Medical Practice, P.C. – all part of the Health Quest family – provide a comprehensive cancer care team, right in your neighborhood.

    The cancer care program encompasses advanced diagnostic imaging, sophisticated radiation treatment technologies and specialized surgical oncology teams. Our growing team of medical oncologists brings a new and innovative approach to cancer care in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

    Our care teams take a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach, combined with evidence-based medicine. We meet regularly to discuss cases and address all aspects of a patient's diagnosis and treatment plan. Our team of certified nurse navigators helps patients and families through the complex world of cancer treatment to make your experience as seamless as possible.

    The team includes:

    • Medical oncologists
    • Specialized surgical oncologists (including hepatobiliary/pancreatic, thoracic, breast and gastrointestinal cancer surgeons)
    • Radiation oncologists
    • Physician assistants
    • Nurse practitioners
    • Certified nurse navigators
    • Rehabilitation therapists
    • Lymphedema specialists
    • Social workers
    • Registered Dietitians

    If you are facing cancer, you do not want to have to wait for care. Our team is committed to seeing you promptly.

    Dyson Center for Cancer Care

  • Make an Appointment

    Medical Oncology:
    (845) 483-6001

    Surgical Oncology:
    (845) 483-6920

    Gynecologic Oncology
    (845) 483-6925

    Radiation Oncology:
    (845) 483-5645

    Dyson Breast Center (Surgery):
    (845) 214-1840

    Mammography or Screening:
    (845) 790-8855

    Infusion:
    (845) 483-6329

    Supportive Care Medicine:
    (845) 431-5699

Everything you need for cancer care in the Mid-Hudson Valley is available at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care. This facility offers patients and families access to treatment and supportive services in one comfortable, convenient outpatient location.

The center includes:

  • Radiation therapy suite offering image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Infusion center
  • Medical and surgical oncology clinic space
  • Access to supportive services

Medical Oncology

The Health Quest Medical Practice, P.C. medical oncology team provides personalized cancer treatment to patients and families in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Together, the medical oncology team collaborates with surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists* to provide a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. The medical oncologists maintain a disease-based focus to enhance the level of specialized care provided to patients.

Skilled in the latest treatment options for cancer, the team manages chemotherapy and drug treatment including immunotherapy and hormone therapy for patients.

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Inder Lal, MD

Inder Lal, MD, MBBS
Medical Oncologist

James Leonardo, MD
Medical Oncologist

Radhika Rachamalla, MD
Medical Oncologist

Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery

When you or a loved one receives a cancer diagnosis and needs surgery, you want access to the latest surgical options close to home. The Health Quest Medical Practice cancer surgery team includes specialized surgeons who have completed additional fellowship training as oncologic specialists. Many of the surgeons specialize in minimally invasive treatment options to help speed recovery and minimize pain and discomfort.

The da Vinci® Surgical System, available at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Northern Dutchess Hospital and Putnam Hospital Center, offers quicker recovery, less pain and more precision compared to standard minimally invasive surgical techniques. And the specialists at Health Quest have extensive experience with this technique, performing more robotic surgeries than any other health system in the Hudson Valley.*

Known for its unparalleled precision, the da Vinci Surgical System allows your surgeon* to make smaller incisions with more precision and greater control while giving your surgeon a better view with a 3D magnified camera.

The da Vinci can be used for a variety of surgeries, including:

  • Colorectal surgery to treat colorectal cancers, early rectal tumors, pelvic dysfunction, rectal prolapse, rectocele and diverticulitis
  • Lung/thoracic surgery for resection of benign and malignant lung tumors
  • Gynecologic surgery to treat ovarian masses, cancer and diseases of the uterus
  • Urologic surgery, such as prostatectomy
  • General surgery to treat gallbladder disease and gastrointestinal tumors

Meet the Surgeons


Al Haitham Al Shetawi, MD DMD
Surgical Oncology


Joyce Barlin, MD
Gynecologic Oncology


John Choi, MD
Surgical Oncology
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Heidi Godoy, MD
Gynecologic Oncology

Pranat Kumar, MD
Surgical Oncology
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Timothy McElrath, MD*
Gynecologic Oncology


Ryan Swan, MD
Surgical Oncology
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Patrick Timmons, MD*
Gynecologic Oncology


Gregory Zanieski, MD
Surgical Oncology

Targeted Local Therapies

The physicians at the Dyson Cancer Center use specialized therapies to locally target cancer cells directly at the tumor site. These therapies may be used in conjunction with other cancer treatments to reach cancer cells inside the body. The Dyson Center is one of the few cancer centers in the Mid-Hudson Valley to offer these treatments including:

Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) – a heated chemotherapy treatment (also known as a chemo bath) that is delivered directly to the abdomen during surgery. Giving chemotherapy during surgery allows for greater concentrations of the drug to be delivered to the tumor site.

Thoracic perfusion –targeted chemotherapy during lung cancer surgery.

Isolated limb infusion (ILI) –typically used to treat advanced melanoma. ILI can be used to deliver high-dose chemotherapy drugs directly to the cancer site on an arm or leg to rid the body of metastases.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

You have access to leading-edge cancer treatment right in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Our broad range of therapies includes chemotherapy, clinical trials, advanced radiation therapy and surgery, which can be used alone or in combination with other treatments.

Our Tumor Board is a cross-disciplinary team of doctors and cancer specialists who come together to review and discuss patient cases. This team includes doctors, nurses, oncology navigators and social workers. They meet regularly to discuss complex cases and collaborate on treatment options.

Advanced Clinical Trials

At Health Quest, many physicians conduct advanced research through clinical trials to help evaluate new treatments and advance cancer care. Above all, we are dedicated to conducting research in a way that promotes patient safety and protects patient rights. If you have cancer, you may want to discuss with your physician whether participation in a clinical trial would be right for you. Learn more about cancer clinical trials offered at Health Quest.

Specialized Rehabilitation

To help patients recover faster, our post-operative rehabilitation program includes education about sensations, scar management, lymphedema risk reduction, a customized exercise program and speech therapy services for patients with cancer in the head or neck. Our physical and occupational therapists work one-on-one with patients to address their individual needs. All patients are welcome to join the Wellness Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital for a hospital-based exercise class, which promotes healing through gentle stretching and movement as well as strength training.

Oncology Navigators

Our certified oncology nurse navigators serve as partners in your treatment. They will help you to navigate the modern world of cancer treatment and are with you every step of the way — from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.

Navigators work closely with physicians and staff to help ensure that patients understand as much as possible about their treatment. They also help patients and families find the best support for their needs.

Locations

Dyson Center for Cancer Care
45 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 431-6807
TTY/Accessibility:
(800) 421-1220

Dyson Breast Center
21 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 214-1830
TTY/Accessibility:
(800) 421-1220

Health Quest Medical Practice—Breast Surgery
21 Reade Place, Suite 2100
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601 
(845) 214-1840
TTY/Accessibility:
(800) 421-1220

Health Quest Medical Practice—Gynecologic Oncology
45 Reade Place
Dyson Center, 3rd Floor
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601 
(845) 483-6925
TTY/Accessibility:
(800) 421-1220

Health Quest Medical Practice—Medical Oncology
45 Reade Place
Dyson Center 2nd Floor
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601 
(845) 483-6001
TTY/Accessibility:
(800) 421-1220

Health Quest Medical Practice—Radiation Oncology
45 Reade Place
Dyson Center, 1st Floor
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601 
(845) 483-6350
TTY/Accessibility:
(800) 421-1220

Health Quest Medical Practice—Surgery
21 Reade Place, Suite 3100 
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601 
(845) 214-1800
TTY/Accessibility:
(800) 421-1220

Health Quest Medical Practice—Surgical Oncology
45 Reade Place
Dyson Center 3rd Floor
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601 
(845) 483-6920
TTY/Accessibility:
(800) 421-1220

Vassar Brothers Medical Center
45 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601 

Vassar Brothers Medical Mall
200 Westage Business Center Drive
Fishkill, NY 12524

Cancer Care Center

Understanding Cancer

Learn more about diagnosing and treating cancer. The Health Library is your go-to resource for cancer and genetics, tests and procedures and treatments and side effects.

Coping With Cancer

Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis

Discovering that you or someone you love has cancer can make you feel that your world is being turned upside down. Everything in life may suddenly feel out of control. Learn how to remain hopeful.

Survivorship

Navigating Cancer Survivorship

From the moment of diagnosis and throughout your life, you are considered a cancer survivor. Cancer survivorship can present unique physical, emotional, social, spiritual and financial challenges both for you and your loved ones.

Cancer Treatment Guides by the American Cancer Society (ACS)

Download and print these (PDF) resources provided by the American Cancer Society. Some documents are provided in Spanish. You must have Adobe PDF Reader installed on your computer to access these documents. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader here.

American Cancer Society

Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Guides

En Español

Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

En Español

Understanding & Managing Side Effects

En Español

Clinical Trials

See Clinical Research for more information about our current clinical trials.

Survivorship Resources

Nutrition

En Español

Cargivers/Caregiving

En Español

Hospice Care

En Español

Support Communities

  • Cancer Survivor’s Network (CSN):
    A community of cancer survivors, family, and friends. CSN members have been touched by cancer in many ways and want to share their experiences, strength and hope. It is a place to chat online with others, ask questions, and learn about cancer.
  • Cancer Connect
    Join Health Quest Cancer Connect, an online community where cancer patients, caregivers, survivors and advocates share experiences and information.
  • Online Resource and Tools I Can Cope Online:
    Classes present straightforward facts and answers to cancer-related questions about diagnosis and treatment, side effects, financial concerns, pain management, nutrition and fatigue.

Join one of our cancer support groups.