Cancer refers to the development and growth of abnormal cells in the body. When these cells divide and spread, they form a mass or growth. Cancer can occur anywhere in the body.
At Dignity Health, our world-class cancer center is dedicated to excellence in care for all cancer types in Arizona. If you would like to learn more about our oncology services, Find a Doctor today at Dignity Health.
Types of Cancer We Treat
At Dignity Health, our oncologists provide the latest cancer treatment through the Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
We treat the following cancer types in Arizona:
- Breast cancer
- Gastrointestinal cancers (i)ncluding pancreatic, small intestine, stomach, colorectal, and liver
- Brain & spinal cord cancer
- Head and neck cancer (throat), oral, sinus, thyroid, parathyroid, and others
- Genitourinary cancer (i)ncluding prostate, bladder, and kidney
- Blood cancer
- Gynecological cancer
- Thoracic cancer (lung, esophagus, and others)
- Skin cancer
- Rare cancers
Our board-certified medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, and cancer care specialists are passionate about delivering comprehensive cancer care empowered with humankindness.
The symptoms of cancer vary widely and depend upon the type and extent of the disease. Many cancer symptoms may be noticed early, while others are only recognized later, when cancer is more advanced. Some symptoms are very vague. You should not ignore any signs or symptoms if you are not sure. Speak with your doctor about any symptoms. Early detection is vital to cancer prevention and treatment.
What Causes Cancer?
Researchers do not fully understand what causes cells to change and grow abnormally. What cancer research has produced is more of an understanding on known risk factors associated with certain types of cancer.
These cancer risk factors include:
- Family history of cancer (heredity)
- Poor diet
- Not exercising
- Drinking large amounts of alcohol
- Exposure to radiation and other environmental factors (c)hemicals, pollutants, etc.
Cancer Treatment & Prevention at Dignity Health
Thanks to advances in screening methods and technology, some cancers, such as colon cancer, can be detected very early, when the disease is highly treatable.
When symptoms of cancer develop, surgery may be recommended to remove both noncancerous and cancerous growths.
Other cancer treatments include:
Our oncologists use the latest diagnostic imaging technologies and advanced cancer therapies and treatment to focus on slowing or stopping cancer from spreading.
The best way to prevent cancer is to learn which screenings may be right for you, and follow up regularly with your health care provider.
Dignity Health oncology departments offer the most comprehensive care in the state for diagnosing and treating all types of cancer in Arizona.