State's First Breakthrough Breast Cancer Treatment Performed in Casa Grande

October 12, 2011

Casa Grande Regional Medical Center and Cancer Treatment Services Arizona were the first in the state of Arizona to perform a new breakthrough treatment Sept. 30 for early stage breast cancer.

In two different procedures that day, surgeons Joyce Bonenberger, M.D., and Ramon Mourelo, M.D., each performed a surgical removal of a breast tumor. This procedure was immediately followed by a therapeutic dose of radiation while the patient was still in the operating room by radiation oncologist Ajay Bhatnagar, M.D., from CTSA. Following the radiation treatment, the surgery was completed.

Dr. Bhatnagar explains, “By delivering the radiation at the time of surgery, these patients will only receive this single dose of radiation to treat their breast cancer, greatly reducing treatment and recovery time.”

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