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Deborah’s Journey With Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer

June 22, 2022

Deborah’s Journey With Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer

At age 35, Deborah Portzer got the news no one wants to hear: breast cancer. Thirty-three years and two recurrences later, her oncologist, Dr. Langerak, gave her better news. Here’s her story.

First Diagnosis

It’s 1989, and Deborah is working for an aerospace company in California and teaching ballroom dancing. She goes in for her first mammogram at age 35 because of a family history of cancer. The results aren’t good: she has an infiltrating ductal adenocarcinoma in her right breast, hormone receptor ER negative and node negative. During her scheduled lumpectomy, her doctor discovers the tumor is larger than he thought, and she ends up with a quadrantectomy.

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Breast Surgery Q&A With Arizona Oncology Breast Surgeons

October 10, 2021

Breast Surgery Q&A With Arizona Oncology Breast Surgeons

October is a month we focus on Breast Cancer Awareness, so let’s speak directly with two of Arizona Oncology’s breast surgeons, Ronald Bauer, MD and Karen Hendershott, MD, FACS about their recommendations.

Q:  What are the latest techniques when it comes to surgery for breast cancer?

Dr. Bauer: There aren’t too many new surgical techniques in breast surgery right now. In general, we are doing more conservative procedures than in the past and relying more on radiation and new drugs given by medical oncologists. These treatments have a similar survival to the past aggressive surgical techniques without the morbidity of surgery.

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Men and Breast Cancer: What Every Man Needs to Know

October 12, 2020

Men and Breast Cancer

While certain cancers such as brain tumors are viewed as equally affecting men and women alike, other cancers are seen as gender specific. For instance, prostate cancer is identified as a type of cancer that only affects men for the simple reason that women do not have prostates. Breast cancer is widely recognized as being a common type of cancer that affects women. However, what isn't talked about as much is the fact that breast cancer affects men as well. Let's take a closer look at the signs, symptoms, risk factors, screening, and treatment options available for male breast cancer.  

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 7, 2020

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Early detection is key for effectively fighting breast cancer! The most important screening test in early breast cancer detection is a mammogram. In addition to an improved outcome, some patients diagnosed with early-stage disease are candidates to have less aggressive surgery, can skip chemotherapy or radiation, or will receive a shorter course of treatment for breast cancer.

Breast cancer does not represent “one disease” but, rather, many different and similar diseases all characterized by normal breast cells becoming cancerous breast cells. Although we do not know why most patients develop breast cancer, abnormal genes appear to play a key role in some patients and genetic testing has assumed a greater role in evaluating many newly diagnosed patients.

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How Can You Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

October 2, 2020

How Can You Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

More than likely, someone close to you currently has or has had breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, great strides are being made in an effort to find a cure and eradicate breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month, a time to celebrate survivors, and support those who are currently battling breast cancer and those who will in the future. If you're wondering how you can show your support during breast cancer awareness month and all throughout the year, then you have come to the right place. Let's take a look at how you can take a stand against breast cancer. 

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