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Dr. Aaron Ambrad Discusses Testicular Cancer

April is Testicular Cancer Month so we sat down with Ironwood Cancer & Research Center’s Dr. Aaron Ambrad.  Dr. Ambrad is a board certified Radiation Oncologist that offers treatment for  men with testicular cancer.  He says, “Men aren’t always the best at getting regular health exams so sometimes they wait too long to get a check-up.  Typically, I see these men after they notice something abnormal in their testes.”


There are several risk factors for the disease but undescended testis and a family history of the disease are the most common.  Depending on the type of testicular cancer is can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy.  Dr. Ambrad stresses that “the cure rate for testicular cancer after treatments is high.  The sooner a man notices something’s not right the better.  I recommend that all men do a yearly testicular self-exam.   For men with a family history, I recommend that they self-exam once a month.”


Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men ages 15-44. According to, an estimated 8,850 men in the US will be diagnosed with testicular cancer this year.


If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, contact Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers at (480) 821-2838 or by visiting


About Dr. Ambrad

He received his medical training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.  He then completed a Radiation Oncology residency at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in 2004 where he served as Chief Resident.  Dr. Ambrad has specialized training in LDR, HDR, IMRT/IGRT, stereotactic radiation, as well as breast brachytherapy.  He has expertise and a particular interest in    treating breast, prostate, lung, head & neck, GI and skin cancers.  In addition, he has several publications for his work in brain cancer research.  Dr. Ambrad is well-received and liked by his patients for his devotion and bedside manner and was recognized by Phoenix Magazine as a “Top Doc” in 2012, 2017, and 2018.  Read more here.



An Introduction to Prostate Cancer Treatment

With the exception of skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men.  Despite an estimated 161,000 new prostate cancer cases diagnosed each year, many men don’t understand their treatment options for the disease.

We recently sat down with Dr. Murali Murty and Dr. Darshil Shah to discuss prostate cancer.

For more information about Prostate Cancer treatment options visit Ironwood Radiation Oncology  and Ironwood Oncology or call 480-821-2838.

Ironwood Doctors Visit Sonoran Living to Discuss Prostate Cancer

The month of September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  Ironwood Cancer and Research Physicians Dr. Kevin Bigelow and Dr. Rick Miller visited the ABC TV show Sonoran Living this month to discuss how they are helping men with prostate cancer.

More than 160,000 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer this year yet many people don’t know what the prostate does or what the current screening for the disease should be.

For more information on Dr. Bigelow, Dr. Miller, or Prostate Cancer treatments at Ironwood, visit  or call (480) 821-2838.


Why is prostate cancer testing so confusing?

If you’re a man wanting to learn more about prostate cancer testing, you’ve probably learned it is confusing.   Although one in eight men will develop prostate caner in his lifetime, the testing and treatment recommendations can be confusing to patients and providers alike.  This is tragic because early detection is key to prevent the disease from becoming larger or metastatic.

We spoke with Dr. Darshil Shah to discuss prostate cancer testing and ask questions about the disease.

For more information about Prostate Cancer treatment options visit Ironwood Medical Oncology or call 480-821-2838.

Why is prostate cancer so common?

It is estimated that there will be 161,000 new cases of prostate cancer in 2017.   About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, but it in can occur in younger men.

Despite how common prostate cancer is, few men can answer what the prostate’s function is or why prostate cancer is so common.

We recently sat down with Dr. Darshil Shah to discuss basic questions about Prostate Cancer.

For more information about Prostate Cancer treatment options visit Ironwood Oncology or call 480-821-2838.