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Important information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Please note, masks are required to enter the clinic, only patients will be allowed into the facility (unless dependent on an accompanying caretaker), and no children are allowed to enter at this time. 

National Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  Driven by advancement in research, surgical techniques, genetic discoveries, and much more, it has never been a better time to take action on brain tumors. The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), an organization whose mission is to unrelentingly invest in, mobilize, and unite our community to discover a

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

By Ajay Bhatnagar, MD, MBA Over the past 13 years in Casa Grande, I have treated hundreds of breast cancer patients.  Since it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it would be good to review breast cancer screening guidelines.  Guidelines continue to evolve, so it is important to understand a woman’s risk of

Ajay Bhatnagar, M.D., Discusses Prostate Cancer on Noon Notebook

 In recognition of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Alliance Cancer Care Arizona radiation oncologist Ajay Bhatnagar, M.D. was a guest on Noon Notebook to discuss prostate cancer. Watch Dr. Bhatnagar tackle the risk factors, signs, symptoms, and stats associated with prostate cancer, prostate cancer screenings, how prostate cancer is treated with radiation therapy.

Prostate Cancer: Know Your Options

Thanks to advancements in research and treatment methods, men diagnosed with prostate cancer have more options and resources available to them than ever before. Whether you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, talking to your doctor to learn more about the disease and treatments that are right for you is

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September in the United States by health experts and advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health.  Designating a month for the disease serves the purpose of increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health and screenings, educating about risk factors and symptoms, and advocating for

Breast Cancer Care and Treatment on Noon Notebook

 The American Cancer Society predicts that almost 6,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Arizona this year. Watch our breast care specialists, surgeon Ramon Mourelo, M.D. and medical oncologist and hematologist Carlos E. Arce-Lara, M.D., discuss breast cancer and how the two work together to treat the disease on KOLD-TV’s Noon

Dr. Arce-Lara Discuss Lung Cancer on Noon Notebook

 Our own board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist, Carlos E. Arce-Lara, M.D., was a recent guest on KOLD TV’s Noon Notebook. Watch Dr. Arce-Lara discuss lung cancer and the advances in treatments, specifically immunotherapy and individualized targeted therapies.

Casa Grande Community Hospital Foundation’s 5K & Half Marathon

On your mark, get set, go!  Lace up your tennis shoes and come be a part of Casa Grande Community Hospital Foundation’s 5K & Half Marathon.  Alliance Surgery Arizona is proud to sponsor an event that raises money for mammogram screening programs for the uninsured/underinsured patients in our community.  Register today at CasaGrandeHalfMarathon.com.

What’s the real truth about cell phones and brain damage?

By Ajay Bhatnagar, M.D., MBA Did you know the average age for a child getting a first cell phone is 10 years? This, of course, disrupted my plan. I have a 7-year-old daughter and my intention was to get her a cell phone … never. With Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and all of the other emerging social

Health Risks for Veterans, Including Cancer

By Ajay Bhatnagar M.D., MBA The military service, provided by the amazing men and women who have served, does not come without consequences. The sacrifices our veterans have made are unfathomable in order to protect our country and its people. I would like to personally thank the veterans for their service by writing this article

Modern Cancer Care, with a Personal Touch

Watch the physicians at Alliance Cancer Care Arizona talk about how the staff really care about the patients and their experience by staying in touch with the patient’s needs and going the extra mile to make the patients feel comfortable.

Cancer Care is a Team Effort

When it comes to fighting cancer, it takes a team of people.  Treatment at our center means that you are not alone in the fight. Cancer treatments are rapidly advancing and having a research focused team of radiation oncologists enables us to bring you the most up-to-date approaches to fighting your specific cancer. In cancer

Robert Stone's Head and Neck Cancer Story

Watch retired truck driver and head and neck cancer survivor, Robert Stone, talk about being treated for stage 4 cancer at Alliance Cancer Care Arizona. Mr. Stone said Dr. Bhatnagar, and the entire radiation department, was phenomenal and dedicated to their job. He enjoyed their company throughout his treatments and truly feels that they saved

Thomas LeVeck's Skin Cancer Story

Watch retired musician and skin cancer survivor, Thomas LeVeck, talk about his experience with radiation therapy for the treatment of his squamous cell carcinoma. Mr. LeVeck said he received excellent care and the treatments were easy, painless, and took less than two minutes.

UV Rays and Skin Cancer

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has named July as Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month.  The goal is to spread the word about how important it is to protect everyone’s skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Radiation is the emission of energy from any source, and there are many types of radiation. 

Celebrating Cancer Survivors

June is National Cancer Survivor Month, a time to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and, most importantly, to celebrate life. During the month, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world unite to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges faced by cancer survivors. It is a time for

Women’s Health and Cancer

During the month of May, we spotlight women’s health by celebrating National Women’s Health Week. National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.  The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority.  The week also serves as a time

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.  The month is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 5.4 million cases in more than 3.3

Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

April is National Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month and April 8 – 15, 2018 is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Head and neck cancer is a term used to describe a number of different cancerous tumors that develop in or around the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouth.  These cancers typically

The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Care

March is National Nutrition Month.  A nutrition education and information campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. We all know that good nutrition is important for good health.  This statement is even truer for cancer

Preventing Cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. If your New Year’s resolution to get healthy is already losing steam, now is a perfect time to give yourself a second chance. Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk. Research has shown that

Understanding the Cancer Treatment Process

Life changes profoundly after a cancer diagnosis. Beyond the emotional turmoil that accompanies a cancer diagnosis, patients face a practical necessity: to develop a plan to live with and fight cancer. When it comes to cancer, the treatment process begins at diagnosis. This is the time when you should begin to take