Wendt Regional Cancer Center Staff
The Wendt Cancer Center understands that quality cancer care doesn't just mean making sure that a patient's physical needs are met, but also that the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and their family are met as well. Our staff educates, listens and gives dignity to people in a time of tremendous need. Together, they provide the coordinated care necessary for a multidisciplinary approach to fighting a cancer diagnosis.
Secretaries, located at the front desk area, will welcome you upon each arrival to the Wendt Cancer Center and will assist with any paperwork or initial questions you may have.
Your Oncology Nurses will help manage your individual cancer treatment side effects, while offering encouragement and hope throughout your journey. Our nurses - board-certified in oncology, pain, and palliative care - encourage active decision making and participation of the patient during their cancer care.
Your Radiation Oncologist will oversee and manage your cancer treatment plan, while keeping you well informed of the steps being taken throughout your cancer care.
Your Radiation Dosimetrist works with your radiation oncologist and physicist to calculate the appropriate amount of radiation therapy needed during each of your therapy visits.
Your Radiation Physicist works to make sure that all radiation therapy equipment is running appropriately and works with the dosimetrist and therapists to ensure safe delivery of your radiation therapy.
Your Radiation Therapists will operate the machine that provides you with radiation therapy. Our radiation therapists will also answer any questions you may have regarding your treatment.
Wendt Cancer Center staff provides patients and their families with:
• Confidence in their cancer care
• Advice and knowledge
• Comfort and safety
• Care during and after treatment
• Coordination of ancillary services
• Encouragement and hope
Meet the Team
Bobby Koneru, MD
Dr. Koneru is a board-certified Radiation Oncologist who leads the medical care of the Wendt Regional Cancer Center. Learn more about Dr. Koneru.
Aruna Turaka, MD
Dr. Turaka specializes in Radiation Oncology. She is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology. Learn more about Dr. Turaka.
Laura Duerr, RN BSN
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Laura has been our Nurse Navigator since 2014. Click here to learn more.
Vera Nigrin, MD
Dr. Nigrin specializes in Radiation Oncology. She is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology. Learn more about Dr. Nigrin.
Other Team Members
Available for emotional and spiritual support and is a liaison to local parishes. The chaplain can provide information and education on Advance Directives.
The dietitian can assist in evaluating nutritional needs and provide education and advice about coping with the effects of cancer and its treatment as it relates to diet and nutrition.
Can provide literature or recommend resources on health related topics.
Oncology Nursing Staff
(563).589-2392 or (563) 589-2334
Staff nurses or our oncology clinical nurse specialist are available to answer questions regarding cancer and its treatment.
Pharmacists can provide information and fact sheets are available about chemotherapy and other medications and their possible side effects. Learn more about our Pharmacy Services here.
Assist in setting up home care and equipment or alternative arrangements. Social workers can provide direction on financial programs, counseling and support groups.