We wanted to reassure you that Arizona Oncology remains open to provide medically necessary, life-sustaining care. In addition, our expert care team can now see patients through scheduled virtual appointments on a secure platform from the comfort and safety of your home.

Updated visitor policy: For the safety of our patients and staff, no visitors will be permitted into the clinic. Family members and caretakers may participate in the appointments remotely by phone or video conference if desired. All patients and staff will be required to wear a face covering(or mask) that covers the nose and mouth. This new policy reflects the recent recommendations by the CDC to reduce community-based transmission.

If you have flu-like symptoms, you should contact Arizona Oncology before visiting our clinics for scheduled appointments. This includes fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing or difficulty breathing.

We ask that you follow our tips to stay healthy and to help do our part in prevention of spreading of these viruses.

People say the glow of a tan makes them look healthier, but tanning is actually the skin's reaction to harmful UV ray exposure. UVA and UVB rays from the sun or a tanning bed damage the skin and can lead to skin cancer.1 Indoor tanning is especially dangerous causing a 74% increased risk for melanoma, compared to those who have never used a tanning bed.2

Minimally invasive skin cancer treatment at Arizona Oncology

Radiation therapy is an effective, less invasive treatment option for many different types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, which accounts for 90% of all skin cancers in the US, without surgery. Patients treated with radiation typically experience less scarring, which is especially important in highly visible areas, such as the face and neck. Arizona Oncology treats patients with external beam radiation, High Does Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy and chemotherapy treatment options for skin cancer.

High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy

For appropriate patients, HDR Brachytherapy provides an effective skin cancer treatment alternative to surgery with few side effects. Fast, powerful and precise, this technology offers patients optimal convenience and minimal disruption to daily life. HDR Brachytherapy is typically delivered in 3-5 minutes sessions over the course of 6-10 treatments. Using a highly concentrated dose of radiation, HDR Brachytherapy focuses on the tumor with a more superficial beam. As a result, less radiation is delivered to patient’s deeper, healthy tissues.

1American Cancer Society, 2010
2 FDA Consumer Health Information, US Food and Drug Administration, May, 2010

Skin Cancer Facts

Using an external beam or HDR Brachytherapy, radiation can be used to treat:

    • Basal Cell Carcinoma
    • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
    • Melanoma
    • Classic Kaposi Sarcoma
    • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    • Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma

Benefits of HDR Brachytherapy for Skin Cancer

  • Customized for each individual patient
  • Performed in a convenient outpatient setting
  • Non-invasive
  • Non-scarring

Chemotherapy treatment options

With treatments not limited to just Radiation, Arizona Oncology also offers advanced chemotherapy and infusion treatment for appropriate skin cancer patients.