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New Look - Same Compassionate, Leading-Edge Care

September 30, 2022

If you’ve visited our website or social media lately, you may have noticed a new logo and new look and feel! At Arizona Oncology, we are proud to move into the future with a reinvigorated purpose and a refreshed look, and we’d like to share with you what inspired it.

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Nutritional Counseling - Navigating a Healthy Diet When You Have Cancer

July 18, 2022

Cancer treatments can lead to many nutrition-related challenges, including weight loss or gain, loss of muscle mass, and poor appetite. Side effects can also impact what and how you eat. Since a healthy diet is crucial to health and healing, Arizona Oncology offers nutritional counseling to help you navigate these challenges.

What is Nutritional Counseling?

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Deborah’s Journey With Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer

June 22, 2022

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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10 Myths About Genetic Testing

May 5, 2022

Most people have heard about genetic testing when it comes to cancer risk, but there is a lot of misinformation. Today, gynecologic oncologist Casandra Liggins, MD joins us to bust the myths about genetic testing and share the facts.

MYTH #1: Most Cancers are Genetic

FALSE. The majority of patients who develop cancer do not have a genetic predisposition. “Genetic inheritance plays a role in approximately five to ten percent of cancers,” Dr. Liggins explains. When it comes to breast cancer in particular, five to ten percent of breast cancer patients have an identified gene, although another ten to 15 percent of patients will have a familial correlation, even though the gene is not present.

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