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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


Ways to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer signifies a malignancy that originates in the colon or rectum. Generally speaking, the colon and the rectum are separated by the peritoneal reflection.  Tumors that arise above this line are considered colon cancers and tumors at or below this line are rectal cancers, excluding tumors that specifically arise in the anal canal. This is an important distinction as there are differences in the treatment approaches for colon cancer versus rectal cancer. For instance, rectal cancers are typically treated with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation while colon cancers commonly require only surgery and chemotherapy and not radiation.

Most colorectal cancers are adenocarcinomas which is a pathologic term to describe tumors that start in a glandular tissue. Colorectal cancer often begins as a growth called a polyp, which may form on the inner wall of the colon or rectum. As some polyps can be precursors to invasive cancers, screening and removal of polyps can help prevent colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States and a person’s lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is approximately 4%.  Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and women in the United States.  Despite this, deaths from colorectal cancer have been declining for several decades. Improvements in screening and treatments have led to this success.

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers has 9 Valley locations. To book an appointment call (480) 821-2838 or visit, www.ironwoodcrc.com.

Cancer Prevention with Dr. Bomgaars and Dr. Shah