July 6, 2020
Learning you have cancer is shocking news. After you accept your cancer diagnosis, your main focus is probably, “How can I beat this?” Your oncologist will begin treating you using established, proven treatment protocols based on the specific type of cancer that was diagnosed. In some cases the most commonly effective treatments aren’t working as hoped, and sometimes the cancer returns in other parts of the body. In these cases your oncologist may recommend enrolling in a cancer clinical trial. Should you do this? Find out more about cancer research being done at Arizona Oncology through The US Oncology Network.
June 5, 2020
In the battle against skin cancer, information is one of the key weapons in your arsenal. With an overwhelming variety of cancer-related articles on the Internet, it's often hard to tell what's real and what isn't.
Let's debunk the most common skin cancer myths and discuss trusted information sources to help you with further research.
May 22, 2020
More people than ever are working from home as the effects of COVID-19 spread across the globe. This difference in workspace leads to changed schedules for both parents and children.
Some of the perks that come with this working from home include flexible hours, spending more time with family, and leaving your commute behind. Unfortunately, you could also be exposing yourself to additional skin cancer risks that you don't normally face. Watch for these risks and use practical tips to prevent extra sun exposure while working from home.
May 6, 2020
Metastatic breast cancer, which may also be referred to as Stage IV breast cancer, indicates that cancer has spread from the breast tissue and the nearby lymph nodes to other organs in the body, most commonly the bones, lungs, liver or brain. Any type of breast cancer (estrogen-positive, HER2-positive, etc.) can metastasize (spread) to other areas of the body.
When a tumor is found outside of the breast, it's made up of breast cancer cells. For example, if you have a tumor in the lungs that is metastasized breast cancer, it contains breast cancer cells, not lung cancer cells. These cells may no longer react to the treatments given in the past, meaning that new cancer therapies may be necessary.
April 30, 2020
While it’s important to stay vigilant about changes in our bodies at all times, it’s especially important right now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Routine doctor visits are being postponed, including normal checkups, and it may be hard to get an appointment once the doctor’s office reopens.
Besides checking yourself for COVID-19 symptoms seemingly 10 times a day, you should also pay attention to how you feel otherwise. There are some general warning signs as well as some at-home cancer screenings you can do on your own. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, reach out to your doctor to start a discussion.