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World War II vet donates his time at hospital
Fox10 Phoenix (April 15, 2015)
Heartwarming story at Banner MD Anderson for National Volunteer Week
GILBERT, Ariz. (April 15, 2015) - At 88 years old, Bob Gerlach has seen his share of battle after serving three years in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. But today he’s helping cancer patients and their families across the Valley in facing a different type of battle altogether, as he volunteers at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert.
Banner Health lifts visitor restrictions at all facilities
2014-2015 cold and flu season starts to wind down
PHOENIX (April 1, 2015) – As the flu and cold season winds down, Banner Health has lifted visitor restrictions at all of its facilities. Restrictions for the 2014-2015 cold and flu season were implemented last Oct. 1; a little earlier than expected because of the outbreak of Enterovirus D68 across the nation.
Banner Health offers free cancer caregiver seminar April 18
GILBERT, AZ (March 31, 2015) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Arizona Myeloma Network will offer a free cancer caregiver seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 18 at the facility, 2946 E. Banner Gateway Drive. Topics will include how to be an advocate in the doctor’s office, useful questions to ask medical professionals, importance of self-care for the caregiver, and yoga for relaxation and health.
Free town meetings offer updates on melanoma, leukemia
TEMPE, Arizona (March 17, 2015) – Two free town meetings will provide new information about melanoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia for patients, their families and caregivers on the following dates at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes, 2000 W Westcourt Way, on March 28 and 29.
Research study at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center aims to fight pancreatic cancer
ABC News Charleston (Jan. 28, 2015)
Research study at Banner MD Anderson aims to fight pancreatic cancer
Study to test drug designed to help patients in late stages of disease
GILBERT, AZ – A new clinical trial at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center aims to test a new treatment to fight late-stage pancreatic cancer, one of the nation’s deadliest cancers. About 73 percent of patients with pancreatic cancer die in the first year of diagnosis, according to the American Cancer Society.
Banner MD Anderson names new medical director
GILBERT, AZ (Jan. 26, 2015) – Matthew Callister, MD, recently was named the new medical director for Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Callister has been serving in an interim role as medical director since July 2014.
Mesa family receives more than $1K in gifts
East Valley Tribune (Jan. 11, 2015)
Study at Gilbert hospital teaching Hispanic women about ovarian cancer
East Valley Tribune (Dec. 14, 2014)
Breast reconstruction surgery can give feeling of control back to cancer patients
3TV and azfamily.com (Dec. 12, 2014)
Banner MD Anderson offers lung cancer screenings
Program aims for early detection and treatment of disease
GILBERT, Ariz. (Dec. 8, 2014) – It’s the killer few people ever see coming, simply because they don’t take the time to look. Lung cancer, which causes the most cancer deaths in both men and women in the nation, is rarely routinely screened compared to other types of the disease. Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center aims to help change this by implementing a new lung cancer screening program that can reduce deaths through early detection and treatment.
Banner MD Anderson earns radiation therapy accreditation
GILBERT, Ariz. (Dec. 1, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center recently was awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology, or ACR. Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.
New study aims to reduce ovarian cancer in Latinas
Research study shows knowledge deficit in Arizona
GILBERT, Ariz. (Nov. 25, 2014) – Ovarian cancer is a “silent” killer that causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system annually. Among Latinas in particular, medical experts expect ovarian cancer to grow more prevalent in the U.S. – even though it is becoming less of a threat to the rest of the population. Matthew Schlumbrecht, M.D., gynecologic oncologist at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, is leading an investigative study that shows education is key to increasing awareness of ovarian cancer in Hispanic women.
Banner MD Anderson stem cell transplant program achieves milestone
GILBERT, Ariz. (Nov. 18, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center recently received FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) accreditation for autologous stem cell transplants. This type of transplant involves collecting stem cells from the patient to harvest, freeze and store them, in order to give them back to the patient after intensive therapy. Stem cell transplants can be used to treat cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, and certain hereditary blood disorders, by replacing defective or damaged blood cells with new, normal ones.
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center expanding to serve children in the Valley
(Phoenix, Ariz. – Nov. 13, 2014) Banner Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are proud to announce the addition of pediatric cancer care for Arizona’s children. Banner Children’s MD Anderson Cancer Center will open in January 2015 at Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. This program will provide a new level of cancer care to Arizona’s children through Banner’s unique affiliation with this world-renown cancer leader that offers state-of-the art pediatric cancer care through the most advanced treatment protocols.
MD Anderson study first to compare treatments, survival benefits for early-stage lung cancer
HOUSTON, TX (Oct. 15, 2014) -- Removal of the entire lobe of lung may offer patients with early-stage lung cancer better overall survival when compared with a partial resection, and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) may offer the same survival benefit as a lobectomy for some patients, according to a study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Breast cancer treatment dependent upon numerous factors
East Valley Tribune (Oct. 12, 2104)
Cutting-edge Cancer Treatments and Clinical Trials
Living Well A-Z - Pages 1 & 8 (October 2014)
Research Study Tests New Drug to Fight Breast Cancer
Healthy Cells Magazine (Sept. 26, 2014)
Banner MD Anderson starts tissue bank to better study and treat cancer
GILBERT, Ariz. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center has started a tissue bank, in which medical experts are collecting and storing a variety of cancerous tissue samples to research the causes of cancer and better fight the disease.
New drug study looks at slowing deadly breast cancer
KTVK Channel 3 (September 4, 2014)
Shining a spotlight on ovarian cancer
Living Well A-Z - Page 3 (September 2014)
Banner MD Anderson testing drug to fight BRCA-associated breast cancer
Business Journal (Aug. 19, 2014)
Banner MDA engaged in cutting-edge study
AZ Big Media (Aug. 19, 2014)
Research study at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center tests new drug to fight BRCA-associated breast cancer
GILBERT, Ariz. (Aug. 19, 2014) – A cutting-edge research study at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is testing the safety and effectiveness of a new investigational drug that, when combined with chemotherapy, may make a major difference in treating breast cancer in patients who carry harmful mutations on either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.
58-year-old Mesa cancer patient granted Disney wish
KPNX Channel 12 & Arizona Republic (Aug. 13, 2014)
Terminally ill man gets first chance to visit Disneyland
KTAR (Aug. 13, 2014)
Breast Cancer Research at Banner MD Anderson
Town of Gilbert’s “Talk of the Trade” (July 30, 2014)
Banner MD Anderson expands radiation oncology services to Sun City
Treatment expertise extends to Banner Boswell Medical Center
GILBERT, Ariz. (July 3, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert will expand its radiation oncology program to Sun City, bringing new treatment expertise to patients at Banner Boswell Medical Center. The program is anticipated to open in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Long-term cancer survivor celebrates remission
Arizona Republic (July 2, 2014)
Goodyear woman confident of victory over cancer she's fought for 16 years
KTAR (June 20, 2014)
Long-term cancer survivor celebrates remission after seven recurrences
GILBERT, Ariz. (June 18, 2014) – Carolene Davis, 52, has been forced to stay on her toes when it came to her health. Not once or twice, but seven times she had to face the words: You have cancer.
A Gateway to Quality Care
Healthy Cells Magazine - Pages 14-16 (June 2014)
Mom-daughter artists raise cancer awareness
Raising Arizona Kids (May 2014)
Cancer patients explore benefits of acupuncture therapy
Arizona Republic (April 21, 2014)
90-year-old imagines her way through cancer treatment
East Valley Tribune (April 14, 2014)
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center preview set for March 22 in Gilbert
East Valley Tribune (March 19, 2014)
Banner Gateway and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center receive over 1,600 cases of water for Salvation Army project
GILBERT, Ariz. (March 10, 2014) – Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center recently received a donation of more than 1,600 cases of water to benefit the Salvation Army. This amount trumps the initial goal of collecting at least 250 cases.
Banner MD Anderson set for major expansion April 1
Second phase of facility to expand cancer treatment, prevention programs
GILBERT, Ariz. (March 3, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center will open the second phase of its outpatient facility on April 1, a major addition which will greatly expand specialty cancer treatment services and prevention programs in Arizona.
Gilbert’s employment sectors shift, diversify
Azcentral.com (Feb. 20, 2014)
Study questions need for annual mammograms
Azcentral.com (Feb. 12, 2014)
Banner MD Anderson Breast Center Fully Accredited for Providing High Quality Care
Arizona Foothills Magazine (Feb. 7, 2014)
Banner MD Anderson breast center fully accredited for providing high quality care
GILBERT, AZ (Jan. 13, 2014) – The Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Comprehensive Breast Program was recently granted a full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).This program is administered by the American College of Surgeons and the accreditation is for three years.
Doctors say Anastrozole could be game changer in breast cancer battle
KNXV Channel 15 (January 10, 2014)
Banner MD Anderson expands radiation oncology program to two other campuses
Phoenix Business Journal (January 10, 2014)
Banner MD Anderson expands radiation oncology services
GILBERT, Ariz. (Jan. 2, 2014) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert has expanded its radiation oncology program, bringing new treatment expertise to patients at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale and Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, which also provides pediatric care at Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. This began on Jan. 1.
AZ knitting group donates caps for cancer patients
KPHO Channel 5 (November 19, 2013)
Scorpion venom used as a treatment for cancer
KPNX Channel 12 (November 7, 2013)
Planning for the future: Regional cancer center strives to offer quality care for patients today and tomorrow
Imaging Technology News (October 1, 2013)
Breast cancer drug manufactured in Arizona
KNXV Channel 15 (October 1, 2013)
New cancer knife can "smell" cancer
KPHO Channel 5 (August 5, 2013)
Panel backs lung cancer screening for some smokers
Arizona Republic (July 29, 2013)
Banner MD Anderson’s recent stem cell transplant likely to be first of many
East Valley Tribune (July 22, 2013)
Banner cancer fund nears $20M goal with Piper grant
The Arizona Republic (May 8, 2013)
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center's Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign receives $2 million grant from Piper Trust, nears $20 million goal
PHOENIX (April 29, 2013) – With a generous $2 million grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign benefitting Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is near its $20 million goal. The grant from Piper Trust, in support of the campaign, provides funding for capital, programs and services that will impact patients, their families and the community.
Banner Cancer Center to nearly double in size
The Arizona Republic (Dec.17, 2012)
Expansion to Banner MD Anderson to bring new cancer service, more room for treatments
GILBERT, Ariz. (Dec. 14, 2012) – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center on the Banner Gateway campus will break ground in January 2013 on an expansion of its outpatient cancer facility, offering a new service and additional equipment and treatment areas to meet the needs of its rapidly growing patient population.
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Marks First Anniversary With $5 Million Gift and New Marquee Programs
GILBERT, Ariz. (Sept. 26, 2012) – Philanthropic support of the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center has been extremely generous, as noted by a recent $5 million gift from the James M. Cox Foundation. To honor this gift, Banner MD Anderson will establish the Cox Center for Integrative Oncology.
Cox foundation gifts $5 million to Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
The Arizona Republic (Sept 25, 2012)