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Getting a Mammogram Callback

Getting a mammogram callback is unnerving.  There’s so much that races in the mind of a patient when her doctor is calling back after a mammogram.  A callback after a mammogram normally means that further tests are needed.  The vast majority of the time, a callback does not mean that a woman has cancer.

We sat down with Breast Surgical Oncologist Dr. Rashmi Vaidya to discuss what a callback after a mammogram means and what your next steps might be.

To learn more about breast cancer treatment in Arizona call 623-821-2838.

Ironwood Participates in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 10/28/17

Thanks to everyone that helped make Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers participation in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk a success!  Team Ironwood Cancer was made up of employees, friends, and family of Ironwood.  This walk is an opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors, and raise awareness about steps we can take to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer.  Walking in perfect weather with friends and helping out an important cause makes for a great Saturday morning!  Click here to contribute to Team Ironwood.

Ironwood Providers Appear on Sonoran Living to Discuss Breast and Ovarian Treatment Options

Many factors are considered when choosing the best treatment for your breast and ovarian cancer.  Your  treatment  plan  is  individualized  to  you  and  your  specific cancer.  As a breast or ovarian cancer patient, you should discuss these factors with your physicians.  Genetic counselor Mandy Kass, gynecologist oncologist Dr. Mario Pineda, and breast surgeon Dr. Rashmi Vaidya recently recently appeared on Sonoran Living to discuss breast and ovarian cancer treatment options.

For more information about breast or ovarian cancer treatment call Ironwood Cancer and Treatment Centers at (480) 821-2838.

 

 

 

Dr. Tsai and Dr. Polowy Discuss Breast Cancer Treatment at Ironwood Women’s Centers

Many factors are considered when choosing the best treatment for your breast cancer.  Your  treatment  plan  is  individualized  to  you  and  your  specific cancer.  As a breast cancer patient, you should discuss these factors with your physicians.  Dr. Tsai and Dr. Polowy recently appeared on Your Life Arizona to discuss breast cancer treatment options.

For more information about Alice F. Tsai, MD, Clayton R. Polowy, MD, or breast cancer surgery call (480) 821-2838.

 

 

 

Dr. Vaidya’s Thoughts on Breast Cancer Neoadjuvant Therapy

The goal of breast cancer surgery is to remove the cancerous tumor from the breast and lymph nodes.  Breast Cancers vary in size and biology thus adding complexity to options in treatment.  If caught early enough, cancer tissue can sometimes be removed with a small cosmetic operation when it is localized to the breast.  The larger a cancer becomes, the harder it becomes to treat, especially when it moves into other areas, i.e. metastasizes.

In breast cancers, depending on the biology and stage, it is often beneficial to shrink the size of the cancer before performing surgery.  Reducing the size of the cancer makes it easier to remove from the body thereby giving a better cosmetic outcome.  When cancer is reduced in size before surgery with chemotherapy or  anti-hormone therapy it is called neoadjuvant therapy.

Breast Surgical oncologist in Phoenix Dr. Rashmi Vaidya said, “Neoadjuvant Therapy tends to be a decision we make in a multidisciplinary fashion.  The breast surgical oncologist, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist take into consideration the  stage of the tumor, biology of the tumor, tumor  to breast ratio, and patient comorbidities before making recommendations for neoadjuvant therapy versus surgery.  Sometimes we include the perspective of a plastic surgeon to help give our decisions the best possible cosmetic outcome.”

Many factors are considered when choosing the best surgical treatment for your breast cancer.  Your treatment plan is individualized to you and your specific cancer.  As a breast cancer patient, you should discuss these factors with your Breast Cancer Surgeon.  For more information about Dr. Vaidya click here or call Ironwood Cancer and Research Center at 480-821-2838.