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Tai Chi helps keep mind and body healthy as we age

By Heidi Goitia CBS Anchor

As we get older, most of us are fighting to keep our minds healthy just as much as our body.  One practice helps you do both: Tai Chi.  Tai Chi is an ancient martial art that was first practiced 500 years ago in China.  If you ask people who practice it, they’ll say it has at least that many benefits.

Perhaps the most important for most of us is its ability to lower stress.  “One of the best benefits of practice is for stress. So very good for the mind because you must remain present when you are practicing,” said Roxanne Reynolds, Tai Chi instructor at Ironwood Cancer & Research Center in Chandler. “Then as far as the body goes, it’s more of an internal exercise where it helps harmonize your internal organs.”

Reynolds says when the organs are in harmony you feel better.  She also says it helps with muscle tone, bone health, regulates blood pressure and ultimately boosts the immune system.  She recommends Tai Chi for all age groups, but says it can be really good for seniors.

“There are so many studies that have been done when it comes to balance and also shingles, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis,” she continued. “It will help you age gracefully and help ward off illness.”  Tai Chi can be done sitting or standing so it’s not like yoga which can be tough for people who have a hard time doing floor exercises.

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers offers several free Tai Chi classes in Chandler, Scottsdale, and Glendale regularly throughout every month.  These classes are all free and open to the public.  For additional information please call the Integrative Services department with Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers at 480-314-6660.

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers would like to thank our Tai Chi instructor Roxanne, her students, the staff of CBS 5 This Morning, and reporter Heidi Goitia for participation in this segment.

Heidi Goitia is the traffic reporter and fill-in anchor for CBS 5 This Morning weekdays from 4:30-7am.

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Upcoming Free Tai Chi classes at Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers

Tai Chi Scottsdale

Feb. 14, 21, & 28

March 14, 21, & 28



Tai Chi in Chandler

Feb. 12, 19, & 26

March 5, 12, 19, & 26



Tai Chi in Glendale

Feb. 20

March 6 & 20


Cancer Awareness Day at the Capitol ’19

You’re Invited to the

Annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s
Cancer Awareness Day at the Capitol

Please visit the Booth of Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers!

10:00 AM—2:00 PM, Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Please join us at Wesley Bolin Plaza and help us educate lawmakers while learning about cancer priorities and the important policy issues that affect cancer patients and their families.

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Address of event: 1700 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Breast cancer gene mutations easier, cheaper to detect

(3TV/CBS 5) Heidi Goitia Good news in the fight against breast cancer. It’s now easier than ever to find out if you’re at risk of the disease.

This is thanks to tests that can pinpoint dozens of gene mutations.

Local breast surgeon Patricia Clark explained why this is such a game changer for all women, not just those with a family history of breast cancer.

“Now we can run 80 genes, 100 genes very cheaply,” she said. “So, now 80 genes cost $250 and what we found out through the study is 50 percent of women who have genetic mutations – breast cancer and genetic mutations – never met the guidelines to even be tested.”

Until now, genetic testing for breast cancer was reserved for a select few, mostly because of the cost.

Tests used to cost nearly $5000 and only detected a handful of mutations.

On top of that, if you didn’t meet the guidelines, you weren’t tested because insurance companies wouldn’t pay for it.

She said thanks to advances in technology, gene testing is not only cheaper but dozens of genes can now be analyzed.

Clark was part of the study leading up to this.

“So our study proved that with the better technology now that we’re doing multi-panel genes, we’re missing half the patients who have these genetic mutations. That’s huge and that impacts not only their family members, who’s at risk in their family, but it also impacts our treatment because our treatments are now based more on the genetics of the individual tumors,” she said. “It used to be if someone got chemotherapy, if the tumor is over a centimeter they got chemotherapy. Now because of genetic revolutions, a lot of those women won’t need chemotherapy at all.”

Not only easing women’s fear but empowering them as well.

“Now people are able to take much more control of their health,” she said. “They’re able to purchase these tests directly and I think it’s time for doctors to treat their patients like a team member.”

Breast cancer isn’t the only cancer these tests can detect. Dr. Clark has said she has had test results showing melanoma and colon cancer as well.

You can get these tests online or you can ask your doctor to order one for you.

Many of these companies will test family members free of charge if they find a genetic mutation in someone’s panel.

Heidi Goitia is the traffic reporter and fill-in anchor for CBS 5 This Morning weekdays from 4:30-7am.

Five Stages of Prostate Cancer with Dr. Mark Scholz

Special event with Dr. Mark Scholz will speak on the “Five Stages of Prostate Cancer.”

7-9pm, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers at

700 W Warner Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225

About Dr. Scholz

Dr. Scholz is a US/World expert on prostate cancer, is medical director of Prostate Oncology Specialists Inc. in Marina del Rey, CA, and is the executive director of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI). You may have attended the PRCI yearly workshops featuring world experts on prostate cancer, and attended by thousands of men seeking an advanced education concerning their disease. Read more about Dr. Scholz here.

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Cigna’s Arizona chapter of A Common Thread Donated 1,105 Knitted Hats!

Cigna’s Arizona chapter of A Common Thread donated 1,105 knitted hats. These hats will keep our patients warm for many months to come. Thank you to all of the wonderful people that have lovingly worked on these wonderful hats.
Pictured from left to right: Teresa Caldwell, Theresa Richards, Nicole McCallister (Ironwood, Social Worker), Carol Beyer and Kelly Huey (Ironwood, Social Worker).