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Volunteer of the Month for June

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers is pleased to announce our Volunteer of the Month for June 2018 is Jessica. When Jessica is volunteering at the Scottsdale office, you can find her bringing smiles to patients’ faces with a fresh cup of coffee and a warm blanket.   Although Jessica may be young and new to Ironwood, she’s already amassed a lifetime of experience volunteering.

Philanthropy Runs in the Genes

From an early age, Jessica’s mother instilled in her the importance of helping others.  Jessica recalls, “When I was about ten, I’d help my mom make quilts and goody bags for the fire department.  They were given out to children that had been rescued from fires.  I think that experience planted the seed for me to be involved with something philanthropic for the rest of my life.  Looking back now that’s probably what my mother had in mind!”  Not serendipitously, Jessica’s mom Linda is also a volunteer at the Ironwood Mesa (Arbor) office!

Jessica prepares supplies for a youth philanthropic project.

Jessica has organized blood drives and philanthropic committees within several corporations.  She’s volunteered with organizations around the country, such as  Junior Achievement, Friends of the Elderly, Buddy Up, Special Olympics, Foundation for Blind Children, and Meals on Wheels.  “With each opportunity I’ve had to serve,” Jessica says, “I know I’ve been able to make a difference for that person.  I can feel their energy improve and that feeds my soul to do more.  My volunteering isn’t entirely altruistic because I get so much out of giving.  At Ironwood, the staff is very welcoming. My 98 year old great uncle Ivan is an Ironwood patient so I know this place treats people right!  As a volunteer, everyone makes you feel that you’re a valuable part of the team.  It’s a great place to volunteer.   I know others would love to volunteer at Ironwood if they only tried it.”

Jessica with her 98 year old great uncle Ivan who is an Ironwood patient.

The dictionary describes philanthropy as “goodwill to fellow members of the human race; active effort to promote human welfare,” but some say that Jessica is “hyper-philanthropic” which is plainly evident.  We are grateful to have her helping our Scottsdale office patients and congratulate her on being our Volunteer of the Month!

Volunteer Opportunities at Ironwood

Do you have what it takes to make a difference like Jessica?  Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers is looking for volunteers in all of our offices!

Someone just like you is needed to assist in our boutique, visit patients during chemotherapy, and provide comfort in our waiting areas.

Interested Volunteers must be:

Eighteen and older.

Compassionate and caring.

If you’re a patient, you must be off treatment for at least a year.

For further information call Ironwood Integrated Services at 480-314-6660 or click here.

New Ironwood Women’s Centers Website!

We’re pleased to announce the new Ironwood Women’s Centers website!

The website adapts to the user’s screen size and type to give them the best experience.

We hope you enjoy it!


The Survivor Breakfast Celebration in Glendale was a Success!

Thank you to all of the patients, providers, families, and members of the community that came to our Survivor Breakfast Celebration today.  We had 335 people attend our event today to celebrate Survivors of Cancer!  This was a perfect morning to eat tasty pancakes, talk with sponsors, and cancer support groups in the community. By noon, an estimated thousand pancakes were consumed and thousands of hugs were exchanged.   We had a Tai Chi demonstration, meditation demonstration, head & neck screening, face painting, children crafts, a breakfast from Picnic Specialties, and 47 vendors. This was a free community event hosted by Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers.  Stay tuned to http://ironwoodcrc.com/patient-resour… for our next event in Scottsdale on October 13th!  Lastly, we wanted to send a heartfelt note to each and every one of our volunteers that setup, directed traffic, assisted vendor’s to their tables, took photos, and cleaning up after the event on a Saturday.


Ironwood Providers Dr. Kukunoor & Dr. Murty Discuss Oral Cancer Awareness

On April 12, 2018, Ironwood Cancer & Research Center physicians were on Channel 3’s Your Life A to Z. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and Rajesh Kukunoor, MD (Medical Oncology & Hematology) and Murali Murty, MD, MPA (Radiation Oncology) discussed Head and Neck Cancer Awareness.

Learn more by calling 480-821-2838 or visit IronwoodCRC.com.

Ironwood Doctors Make The 2018 Phoenix Magazine TOP DOCTOR List!

Phoenix Magazine has published their 2018 TOP DOCTOR listing and once again Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers has come out on top!


 “TOP DOCTOR” is an annual survey of health care professionals conducted by PHOENIX magazine.

The 2018 Phoenix magazine TOP DOCTORS from

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers are:

Breast Surgery

Dr. Carrie Cashman 

Dr. Laura Champagne

Dr. Edgar Hernandez

Radiation Oncology

Dr. Aaron Ambrad

Dr. Mark Ono

Dr. Alice Tsai

Hematology Oncology:

Dr. Rajesh Bagai

Dr. Rakesh Bagai

Dr. Neel Dharia

Dr. James Ewing

Dr. Jeffrey Isaacs

Dr. Rajesh Kukunoor

Dr. Clayton Polowy

Dr. Jason Salganick