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Are You at Risk for Colorectal Cancer?

March 13, 2023

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Incidences of colorectal cancer are rising in people under age 50. That makes it even more important for adults to understand their individual risk and take steps to be screened for colorectal cancer.

What is Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer is cancer that develops in the large intestine (colon) or the part of the large intestine that connects to the anus (rectum). Most colorectal cancers begin as polyps—small growths in the lining of the intestine. Polyps, even noncancerous ones, can be removed during a colonoscopy, which is why we say that colorectal cancer screening can also be preventive. Removing a polyp before it becomes cancerous is a cancer prevention strategy.

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Survivorship: The Return to Work After a Cancer Diagnosis

February 12, 2023

When you or your loved one was diagnosed with cancer, life changed. Your world was focused on the disease: you may have had to go through radiation or chemo treatment, or even surgery. You spent time and energy learning to manage your side effects. You had an entire care team dedicated to your healthcare needs.

But what happens when the doctor announces you are finally cancer free…and you’re healthy enough to go back to work? How do you adjust when all of your energy has been focused on treating your cancer?

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Brand New State-of-the-Art Halcyon Radiotherapy System Comes to Goodyear

February 7, 2023

Cancer treatment continues to advance, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of it with our brand-new Halcyon Linac by Varian. This state-of-the-art radiotherapy system offers faster treatment in a spacious, patient-centered design, while incorporating volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) to deliver a consistent radiation dose to tumors while minimizing the dose to healthy tissue.

Dr. Neil D’Souza is a radiation oncologist at our Goodyear location who has firsthand experience with this revolutionary machine. We asked him to share, in layman’s terms, exactly what makes the Halcyon Linac so special.

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Jackie’s Story

January 12, 2023

Jackie Dominguez had a very aggressive form of breast cancer, but with a multidisciplinary cancer care team who cared for her both physically and emotionally, she’s thriving with and beyond cancer.

“The doctor was kind enough to not make me wait for the results. I’ll never forget that,” Jackie said. “But he also said that it wasn’t a death sentence. He just reassured me that I wasn’t going to die from this.”

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Surviving and Thriving During the Holiday Season

December 7, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—except when it isn’t.

Facing the holidays with cancer presents unique challenges. It’s very common to experience a mixture of anticipation, excitement, and apprehension. The social workers at Arizona Oncology work with our patients to help them prepare for and cope with holiday-related pressures. Here are some of their tips.

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