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Honoring, Hiring and Helping our HEROES of Pinal County  (HOHP)

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino employees impact community

In 2014, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino made a large impact in the community through its HERO program. HERO is an employee-based volunteer program in which employees and their families make noteworthy, visible contributions to the community by lending their time, skills, expertise and caring to dozens of volunteer projects throughout the community.

Once again, HERO volunteers broke the property record for the amount of time and money donated in 2014. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino volunteers surpassed their goal of 12,000 by contributing a total of 15,423 hours.

Harrah’s employees also continue to donate their time and attention through participation in events throughout the year that benefit local non-profit organizations. In 2014, 84 percent of employees participated in a HERO activity, up from 75 percent of employees in 2013.

The casino also provided monetary and in-kind donations amounting to more than $41,500 to organizations such as the Area Agency on Aging’s DOVES® Program, American Cancer Society, Honoring, Hiring and Helping our HEROES of Pinal County,  F.O.R. Maricopa, Melonhead Foundation, Maricopa Against Abuse, Recycling Association of Maricopa, Susan G. Koman Foundation, United Way and many others.

For more information on Harrah’s Ak-Chin and their HERO Program. visit www.harrahsakchin.com or call (480) 802-5000.

Davis Named Vice President of Pioneer Title Agency

Pioneer Title Agency announced it has appointed real estate veteran Tom Davis as its vice president. In his role, Davis will be responsible for collaborating with the leadership at Pioneer’s more than 50 offices statewide as well as working closely with the family-owned title agency’s area managers on operations, customer service, technology enhancements and marketing. In addition, Davis will work on both expanding current operations in Maricopa County as well as opening new offices in the coming year. He will work from the company’s Phoenix Peak office, which is located 7310 N. 16th Street in Phoenix.

Davis brings more than 30 years of industry experience to the role, notably as the president and chief operating officer of Westland Title and as the president of Grand Canyon Title. During his time at the helm of Westland, Davis was proud to have the business named among the “Best Places to Work in the Valley” three consecutive years. In the past, he has been involved in the community through the Wounded Warrior Project, No One Left Behind, Habitat for Humanity and the American Cancer Society, among other organizations. Within the industry, he has been active with local REALTOR associations as well as the Land Title Association of Arizona.

“Tom’s reputation in our industry as a leader is second to none – he is universally respected,” said Keith Newlon, Pioneer Title Agency president. “His values and goals align with ours – commitment to service, our people and each community across Arizona.”

Davis lives in Peoria with his wife. He enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family, including his new grandchildren.

For more information about Pioneer Title Agency, visit www.ptaaz.com.


UA Study Targets Latinas with Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Latinas, but patients often have limited access to resources to help them cope psychologically.

A research study to evaluate the impact of low cost telephone-delivered counseling on quality of life for Latinas with breast cancer and their supporters is being led by Terry A. Badger, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, professor and division director of community and systems health science at the University of Arizona College of Nursing and a member of the UA Cancer Center.

Dr. Badger received funding from the American Cancer Society to conduct the Telephone Health Education and Support Project, which is open nationwide to eligible participants and their supporters, who can include spouses, family members or friends.

“Latinas are a growing and particularly vulnerable population with regard to breast cancer, because they tend to be diagnosed at later stages, to be sicker, and, in particular, have fewer easily accessible resources to deal with their psychological distress,” said Dr. Badger. “Untreated distress is associated with poorer health outcomes, so we designed a study to offer support for this distress that could easily be accessed by these patients.”

The study is comparing two groups, each composed of women and their designated supporters. One group of women and their supporters receives a counseling-focused intervention and the other receives an educationally-focused intervention. The interventions are delivered by specially trained professionals in a 30 to 40 minute telephone call once a week for eight weeks.

“In our research, we have found over and over that the supporter has as much if not more psychological distress than the survivor themselves,” said Dr. Badger. “This makes it critical that we provide services to both the Latina and her supporter.”

Christina Castro, a 58-year-old mother of three from Tucson, decided to participate in the study with her husband after she was diagnosed with breast cancer seven months ago.

“The call once a week was something to look forward to,” said Castro. “It was really easy to talk to someone who wasn’t a family member, but someone who would just listen to me. Being at home really helped make it comfortable, and it was set up at a time that was convenient for us. The calls were both comforting and empowering. I would definitely encourage others to do it.”

“We have participants from all over, including Yuma, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada,” said Dr. Badger. “Research team members call participants in the evenings or on weekends, whenever it’s convenient for the patient and their partner. We can deliver this intervention anywhere as long as participants have access to a telephone.”

To learn more, call 1-866-218-6641 or email Maria Figueroa at mcf2@email.arizona.edu or Dr. Badger at tbadger@email.arizona.edu.

cervical cancer

Cervical Cancer: Prevention & Treatment

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be more than 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed this year in the United States alone, making it the third most common cancer in women. The disease forms slowly, but has very few symptoms in early stages. Every January, we observe Cervical Cancer Awareness Month to help educate Arizona women about the disease and risk factors leading to it.

Below is a Q&A session with two leaders in cervical cancer screening, treatment and research: Dr. Luci Chen, Arizona Center for Cancer Care, and Carol Bafaloukos, Planned Parenthood Arizona.

Q: What is cervical cancer?

Chen: Cervical cancer is slow-forming, initially an almost symptomless cancer that starts in a woman’s cervix, which is the opening that connects the uterus to the birth canal.

Q: Who gets cervical cancer?

Chen: Cervical cancer isn’t picky — when it comes to women, at least. It can occur in ANY women, most often after the age of 30.

Q. What is the MAIN CAUSE of cervical cancer?

Bafaloukos: Far and away, human papillomavirus (HPV) — one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States. It is estimated that more than half of adults will get HPV. There are 120 different types of HPV, more than 30 of which can infect the genitals. It is estimated more than 70 percent of cervical cancer cases stem from HPV.

Q. Are there other causes?

Chen: HIV and smoking are also linked to the disease.

Q. What are the symptoms of the disease?

Chen: In early stages, there aren’t any. That is why it is so critical to get regular Pap tests, which can detect the disease in its earliest forms. As the disease progresses, symptoms can include abnormal vaginal bleeding, unusually heavy vaginal discharge, painful intercourse or urination.

What are the screening tests available for HPV and cervical cancer?

Bafaloukos: The obvious test is the Pap smear, which should be done annually starting no later than age 21. Through the Pap, the doctor can look at the cells on the cervix and detect even slight changes. Another test is the actual HPV test.

Chen: If a doctor finds any of the above suspicious, other tests, including a biopsy and colonoscopy, can be used can help determine if the woman has cervical cancer. It is very important to know the extent of the cancer — how deeply it has invaded tissues. The treatment can be quite different depending upon this.

Q. How can one reduce her risk of cervical cancer?

Bafaloukos: By reducing your risk of HPV. This can be done by getting the HPV vaccine, ensuring annual Pap smears, limiting your number of sexual partners, using condoms and quitting smoking.

Q. What are the treatments options for cervical cancer?

Chen: Often, the treatment is surgery, coupled with radiation. Chemotherapy is often used as well.

For more information on cervical cancer, screenings available and even HPV treatment options at reduced rates and free, please visit ppaz.org.

Health Resolutions to Make Before the New Year

Health Resolutions To Make Before The New Year

Each year, we spend New Year’s Day resolving to improve mind, body and spirit.

However, in most cases, those resolutions are often broken, forgotten and shelved for yet another year before the holiday lights even come down.

So, this year, why not get a head’s start on make better choices before the New Year arrives?

Below are some helpful tips from Valley health leaders on how to get a jump start while the holidays are still in full swing:

Decrease Risk of Silent Nights

“Resolve to make your ears a part of your yearly physical exam,” says Sherri Collins, executive director of Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. “General practitioners will check your eyes, heart and blood pressure, but they do not normally perform hearing tests. This could prevent furthering any existing hearing loss.”

She adds to also turn down excess noise this holiday season and beyond. According to Collins, 15 percent of individuals aged 20-69 have some degree of hearing loss that may have been caused by exposure to loud noises.

Increase Talk Time

“The holidays are the perfect time to create healthy communication in your family by talking regularly with your kids about finals, school recess plans, social life, goals and peer-pressure,” says Leslie Bloom of DrugFreeAz.org. “Children who regularly talk with their parents are 50 percent less likely to use drugs. A great place to start that conversation is around the dinner table together.”

Also, while stocking the cabinets for guests this holiday season, take some time to unstock what you no longer need.

“Use the excuse of holiday guests to go through your medicine cabinet and clear out any unused or expired medicines,” Bloom says. “Check out DrugFreeAz.org/Rx for the best ways to dispose of those unused or expired medicines.”

Decrease Sweets for Your Sweets

In a recent report, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, an Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for the Health, Medical & Wellness unit at CNN, reported that according to estimates, nearly 20 percent of the total calories in American diets comes from added sugar via soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, desserts, fruit drinks, ice cream and other candies.

But that is just the beginning.

“Most people don’t realize that diets rich in sugar not only lead to increased risk of diabetes, but also to heart disease and cancer,” says Dr. Coral Quiet of Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists. “Breast and colon cancers have insulin receptors that encourage tumor growth.”

A best bet to optimize health — fight the sugar bug during the holidays.

Increase Pillow Talk

“There will be more than 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed this year in the United States alone, making it the third most common cancer in women,” says Dr. Rhianna Meadows of Planned Parenthood Arizona. “The No. 1 risk factor in developing cervical cancer — the human papilloma virus, or HPV.”

With this disease — and most other STDs — easily confused with common ailments in early stages, the only defense is a good offense. The offense: communication.

According to Dr. Meadows, some questions to get started:

  • Have you ever been tested for any STDs? If so, which ones?
  • Are you involved with anyone else, or when was your last sexual activity?
  • I believe in safe sex and condom use, do you?

Decrease the Summer Glow

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 31,000 Arizona residents are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. And not all of them have the hot summer sun to blame.

“This is Arizona — not the Jersey Shore,” says Dr. Gregory Maggass of Arizona Center for Cancer Care. “Simply put, do not step foot in a tanning bed to keep your summer glow this holiday season.”

Each of these early resolutions will make for a very happy — and healthy — New Year, indeed.

For more information on all these and other health resolutions to make, please visit any of the below:


The FYI on PAP Testing

The FYI On PAP Testing To Fight Against HPV, Cervical Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be more than 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed this year in the United States alone, making it the third most common cancer in women. The disease forms slowly, but has very few symptoms in early stages.

The No. 1 risk factor in developing cervical cancer — the human papilloma virus, or HPV.

This virus, which can also cause genital warts, comes in more than 100 different strains of varying degree. About 40 of these strains can affect the genital area, potentially leading to cervical cancer.

The bad news?

Genital HPV infection is very common among sexually active people. It is so common, in fact, that some estimate that half of all men and three quarters of all women have been infected with HPV at some point in their lifetime.

The good news?

Most HPV infections will go away on their own without treatment within one to two years. However, some will continue to “hide” in the body for many years before they cause problems. This makes it nearly impossible to determine when patients became infected with the disease, how long they’ve had it and who gave it to them.

Thankfully, women have two powerful tools in the fight against HPV and cervical cancer — PAP tests and vaccination.

PAP Tests

All women should have PAP testing done to detect early precancerous changes on the cervix.

A PAP test, which is not painful to the patient, is done by a clinician inserting a metal or plastic speculum into the vagina, which is opened slowly to allow the clinician to visualize the cervix — the opening to the uterus. The clinician then uses a small brush and/or spatula to gently collect cells from the cervix. The cells are then sent to the laboratory to be tested for abnormalities. The lab test does not test for HPV itself, but rather looks for cellular changes that may be caused by HPV.

In the United States alone, the death rate from cervical cancer declined by 70 percent between 1955 and 1992 because of the initiation of the PAP test. The current recommendation for PAP testing is that it begins at the age of 21, regardless of when women first started having sexual intercourse. PAP testing prior to the age of 21 often will lead to continued unnecessary testing or procedures.

HPV Vaccine

Many women ask what they can do to protect themselves against HPV infection and cervical cancer. If one is between the ages of nine and 26, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a vaccination against certain strains of HPV that are more likely to cause genital warts and cervical cancer. This vaccination is given in a series of three injections over a six-month period.

Other ways to reduce one’s risk include:

  • Practicing abstinence
  • Having only one sexual partner who has no other intimate partners
  • Having sexual contact that does not involve anal or vaginal intercourse
  • Using condoms every time

Be sure to contact your healthcare provider, public health department or local Planned Parenthood health center for more information about cervical cancer and the importance of a proactive screening strategy and PAP testing.

Dutch Bros. Coffee

Dutch Bros. Coffee's “Pink Out” Day To Benefit Breast Cancer Walk, Screenings

Part of the Dutch Mafia? Then you’re probably well aware that Dutch Bros. Coffee is holding a “Pink Out” Day on October 1 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. And for those of you who aren’t an avid Dutch Bros. drinker, here’s your chance to learn more about it.

Dutch Bros. "Be Aware" tumblerAll Dutch Bros. Coffee Arizona locations will be donating 50 cents of every drink sold to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, a three-mile, non-competitive walk that will help raise awareness for those affected by breast cancer. And, the proceeds from the Breast Cancer Walk will go toward the American Cancer Society, which invests in research to prevent and cure cancer.

Those who visit Dutch Bros. on October 1, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., will also have the chance to purchase its “Be Aware” travel mugs for $12. The proceeds will be donated to breast cancer screenings for women who are uninsured or underinsured. Those who purchase the tumbler, which is limited in supply, will also receive a free drink of their choice.

Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in the Valley:


Gilbert & McKellips
1960 E. McKellips Rd.

Greenfield & Southern
1136 S. Greenfield Rd.


McQueen & Guadalupe
722 N. McQueen Rd.


Camelback & Central
4 W. Camelback Rd.

Bell & 29th St.
2961 E. Bell Rd.


Scottsdale & McDowell
1422 N. Scottsdale Rd.


Rural and Guadalupe
6461 S. Rural Rd.

Mill & Southern
3213 S. Mill Ave.

Rural & Lemon
1037 S. Rural Rd.

For more information about Making Strides Against Cancer, visit
makingstrideswalk.org/phoenixaz. For more information about Dutch Bros. Coffee, visit dutchbros.com.

Kokopelli Krunch

Wine, Stomp Competitions And Family-Friendly Events At Kokopelli Krush

Who knew you could combine wine, beer and plenty of family-friendly events? Now in its 11th year, Kokopelli Krush is an event suitable for the entire family — featuring live entertainment, games, a kid’s play area, the Krush stomp competitions and wine and beer.

The longest running wine event in the state, Kokopelli Krush offers wine from a dozen local wineries in the Arizona Wine Gallery. Aside from Kokopilli Winery, wineries include:

  • Alcantara
  • Lawrence Dunham
  • Javelina Leap
  • Arizona Stronghold
  • Kief-Joshual
  • Kieling Schaffer
  • Su Vino
  • Studio Vino
  • Carlson Creek
  • Page Springs
  • Callaghan Vineyards

As for the Krush stomp competition, teams of two will compete daily for prizes. The winner of the championship round will have the chance to choose from: a five day/four night Carnival cruise for two, round-trip tickets for two on Southwest Airlines, or a two-night trip for two to Las Vegas with flights and hotel included. Sound like something you’d like to do? Register in advance online for $15 per team or at the door for $20.

A percentage of the proceeds from Kokopelli Krush, sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Chandler, San Tan Sun News and the Chandler Hilton, will go to the American Cancer Society.

For more information about Kokopelli Krush, visit kokopelliwinery.net.

Daily schedule for Kokopelli Krush:

Friday, October 19

5 p.m. Doors open; Visit Krush Arena, AZ Wine & Beer Gallery & kids play area
5-7 p.m. Live entertainment
7-7:15 p.m. Introduce Grand Marshall and featured AZ Winemakers
7:15-8:30 p.m. Krush Heat 1
8:30-11:30 p.m. Live entertainment
11:30-11:45 p.m. Introduce Grand Marshall and featured AZ Winemakers
11:45 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Krush Heat 2 & last call
12:30 a.m. Kokopelli Krush closed for the night

Saturday, October 20

11 a.m. Doors open; Visit Krush Arena, AZ Wine & Beer Gallery & kids play area
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Live entertainment
2:30-2:45 p.m. Introduce Grand Marshall and featured AZ Winemakers
2:45-3:30 p.m. Krush Heat 3
3:30-6:30 p.m. Live entertainment
6:30-6:45 p.m. Introduce Grand Marshall and featured AZ Winemakers
6:45-8:30 p.m. Krush Heat 4
8:30-11:30 p.m. Live entertainment
11:30-11:45 p.m. Introduce Grand Marshall and featured AZ Winemakers
11:45 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Krush Heat 5 & last call
12:30 a.m. Kokopelli Krush closed for the night.

Sunday, October 21

11 a.m. Doors open; Visit Krush Arena, AZ Wine & Beer Gallery & kids play area
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Brunch
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Live entertainment
2-2:15 p.m. Introduce Grand Marshall and featured AZ Winemakers
2:15-3 p.m. Krush Heat 6
3-3:30 p.m. Krush check in, all heat winners
3:30-4:30 p.m. Championship Krush Off
5 p.m. Kokopelli Krush closed until next year

If You Go: Kokopelli Krush

Where: 35 W. Boston St., Chandler
When: October 19-21, 2012
Tickets: $15, includes one drink ticket or an Arizona wine tasting
Contact: (480) 792-6927
Web: kokopelliwinery.net
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Prostate cancer

Proactive Prostate: Learn The Facts, Risks, Treatments Of Prostate Cancer

When it comes to prostate cancer and men, the statistics are sobering.

According to the American Cancer Society:

  • Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.
  • More than 240,00 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2012.
  • More than 28,000 men will die of prostate cancer in 2012.
  • One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

As we observe Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this September, why not take the time to learn the facts about this disease, risk factors and current treatments available?

It’s a Guy Thing

Fact – only men can get prostate cancer.

Simply put, ladies don’t have a prostate gland!

It’s an Age Thing

It is imperative to note that the majority of all prostate cancer – more than 70 percent – occurs in men age 65 and older. In fact, prostate cancer is almost completely nonexistent in men under the age of 40.

It’s a Sneaky Thing

When you have cold, you sneeze.

When you have a sinus infection, it is hard to swallow.

But, unfortunately, there are no easy-to-detect signs of early prostate cancer. It isn’t until the more advanced and difficult-to-treat stages that one might notice trouble urinating, blood in the urine and bone/pelvic pain.

It’s a Testing Thing

Because symptoms of the disease may not be present until later stages, proactive prostate screening is imperative. The best method is two complimentary tests. First is the digital rectal examination, which should be done once a year during a regular annual physical after age 50.

Sure, it is uncomfortable, but it is critical in helping us detect prostate cancer as well as a litany of other issues, including growths, pelvic pain, bleeding and even colorectal cancer.

There is also a second critical screening involving the blood, which tests the prostate-specific antigen (PSA), that doctors should use to compliment the rectal exam as well.

It’s a Curable Thing

Taking the proper prevention methods to assist in prostate health, participating in routine testing and getting the proper treatment are all part of prostate protection. If the right measures are taken, experts would agree that prostate cancer is preventable, if not curable, for most men.

Just some of the treatments available today include:

  • Active surveillance – essentially watchful waiting, this option may be best for those in very early stages or with very slow growing cancer
  • Prostatectomy – surgical removal of the entire prostate gland and some surrounding tissue
  • Radiation Therapy – directed radioactive exposure that kills the cancerous cells and surrounding tissues
  • Hormone Therapy – also known as androgen-deprivation therapy or ADT, prostate cancer cell growth relies the hormone testosterone as the main fuel; ADT removes that fuel
  • Chemotherapy – the use of chemicals that kill or halt the growth of cancer cells

As science progresses, studies have demonstrated that radiation treatment — delivered externally and internally — is as effective in treating the disease as surgical removal of the prostate. But, side effects can include bladder and bowel issues.

As a result, nearly 100 medical centers throughout the country have adopted a new system, called Calypso, which enables physicians to determine the exact location of the prostate in real time during radiation therapy. Armed with this information, radiation to the surrounding healthy tissue can be avoided and side effects can be minimized.

For more information about prostate cancer, please visit canceraz.com.

Anne Rita Monahan Foundation

Anne Rita Monahan Foundation's Tea For Teal Event To Raise Money For Ovarian Cancer Research

The Anne Rita Monahan Foundation’s 4th annual Tea For Teal event will raise money for ovarian cancer research.

The American Cancer Society projects that 22,280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012.

Statistically, 15,500 of them will die.

The Anne Rita Monahan (ARM) Foundation wants to change those numbers. The foundation is run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to raising money for ovarian cancer research.

Anne Rita Monahan was an Arizona businesswoman. She began having physical pains in 1990 that was diagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and repeatedly misdiagnosed for more than a decade. In 2001, an obstetrician/gynecologist found tumors on both of her ovaries. Because of the delayed proper diagnosis, her cancer had spread. She started the foundation in 2007 with the hopes of simultaneously fighting the disease and spreading awareness. After a total hysterectomy, several rounds of chemotherapy and various other surgeries, Anne lost her battle with the ovarian cancer on May 13, 2009.

This September will mark ARM’s 5th anniversary and the 4th annual Tea for Teal event.

Tea for Teal is a two-part event that will be held on September 29 at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale. The first part is tailored towards women, but men are welcome as well. It features a silent auction and raffle, pop-up shops, purse auction and networking opportunities. The event has raised more than $70,000 over the past three years, with a goal of reaching $100,000 to be donated to the Translational Genomics Research Institute. They hope to meet the goal this year.

Money is raised through the purchase of tickets to the event. And individual ticket costs $60. A table for 10 costs $500.

Anne Rita Monahan FoundationIn addition to ticket purchases, Stella & Dot will be in attendance, donating 100 percent of its proceeds back to the foundation.

Part two of the event is a full-service English tea during which an outstanding ovarian cancer crusader will be acknowledged.

The Anne Rita Monahan Crusader Award recognizes a person who has made exceptional contributions towards cancer awareness.

Anne Rita Monahan Foundation“Are they a crusader? What have they done? [We look at] the breadth of what they have done,” says Rachel Brockway, co-chair of ARM for the last four years.

In addition, ARM has started a scholarship program.

“With the approval of our foundation, we will be giving two scholarships: one undergraduate and one graduate. [They are] for students who are interested in a healthcare field, people who are specifically looking [into] ovarian research,” says Brockway, who has been involved in the foundation since its establishment.

Brockway hopes that the fundraisers and money donated will help raise awareness and promote research.

“It’s one of the most often misdiagnosed forms of cancer,” Brockway says. “Our mission is for ovarian cancer research and awareness so women know the symptoms of ovarian cancer. A lot of times when it is diagnosed it is caught in the later stages, which is why it is so deadly.”

For more information on the Anne Rita Monahan Foundation, Tea for Teal, the 2012 Crusader Award, and signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, visit anneritamonahan.org.

Dr. Quiet with a breast cancer patient - AZ Business Magazine March/April 2012

Never Quiet On Cancer Care: Center To Focus Breast Cancer

Valley doctor creates first center to focus exclusively on women fighting breast cancer

Dr. Coral Quiet is anything but … quiet, that is. This busy mother of two has been one of the loudest voices in Arizona’s war against breast cancer for more than two decades.

“When I moved to Arizona in the early-1990s, I was horrified to learn that not only were there ZERO breast cancer-only specialists, but that nearly 80 percent of breast cancer patients in Arizona were being treated with mastectomies, a number exponentially higher than the national average,” said Quiet.

A mastectomy, which is the complete surgical removal of the breast and necessary in aggressive cases, is disfiguring to a woman.

Determined to make a difference, Quiet began focusing her care here in the Valley solely on breast cancer treatment, research and education. While touching the lives of women one-at-a- time was making a difference, by the late 1990s she wanted to do more.

So, in 1998, she co-founded the Arizona Institute for Breast Health with Dr. Belinda Barclay-White, which offers women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion, free of charge.

Quiet tirelessly works to bring a volunteer team of physicians and medical professionals whose specialties include breast radiology, breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, reconstructive surgery, and breast pathology into one room each week to evaluate the best medical and surgical options for the preservation of a woman’s life, body and emotional well-being.

But she didn’t stop there.

In 1999, Quiet attended an international breast cancer conference and had the chance to meet Dr. Robert Kuske, who was presenting early results of his new treatment for breast cancer called Brachytherapy, an accelerated five-day treatment for selected patients with early stage breast cancer that treats a much smaller volume of breast and other tissues and avoids treating the breast skin with radiation.

Never one to bother with “Quiet” time, she not only introduced brachytherapy in Arizona in the early 2000s, but she eventually convinced Kuske to come and practice in Arizona as well.

Over the next several years, she helped to pioneer the Mammosite catheter for FDA studies and pioneered a new device, SAVI, which is able to treat many more women with early stage breast cancer while avoiding high doses of radiation to skin and ribs. She also took time out to act as a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, lecturing and volunteering for the organization where she could.

As the number of women getting mastectomies declined, and those choosing body and breast-conserving treatments like brachytherapy and SAVI skyrocketed, Dr. Quiet decided to make even more noise.

Determined to provide the same level of customized care to non-breast cancer patients, Quiet and Kuske also developed a secondary practice, Arizona Radiation Oncology Specialists, with the goal of partnering cancer experts statewide with cutting-edge cancer technologies to maximize patient care. With the help of new partners, they have opened three Arizona Radiation Oncology Specialists centers in the past three years, while investing in technologies new to the Southwest.

“I’ll get my quiet time when I’m dead,” said Dr. Quiet. “Today, the fight continues in the war against cancer – a war we will win.”

Arizona Business Magazine March/April 2012

Prostate Cancer Prevention, Treatment

Prostate Cancer And You: Get Educated

Prostate cancer is the most common form of non-skin cancer in America. It is the second leading cause of death among males in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that 29,412 men died from prostate cancer in 2008.

During the month of November, men nationwide went the extra mile to raise awareness of the disease by dubbing the month as “Movember” and growing mustaches for prostate cancer charities.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, with likelihood increasing with age.

Got your attention yet?

Good – now get educated.

Prostate Screenings

Without a doubt, the best chance for a positive outcome is getting a regular screening so potential problems are caught early. The best bet – getting prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) yearly starting at age 50. For those with family history or other risk factors, screening should begin at age 45.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you or someone you love is diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are a variety of options for treatment. Each should be explored thoroughly with a qualified physician to decide the best method for the patient.

These options include, but are not limited to:

  • Active surveillance — Essentially watchful waiting, this option may be best for those in very early stages or with very slow growing cancer
  • Prostatectomy — Surgical removal of the entire prostate gland and some surrounding tissue
  • Radiation Therapy — Directed radioactive exposure that kills the cancerous cells and surrounding tissues
  • Hormone Therapy — Also known as androgen-deprivation therapy, or ADT, prostate cancer cell growth relies on the hormone testosterone as the main fuel; ADT removes that fuel.
  • Chemotherapy — The use of chemicals that kill or halt the growth of cancer cells

As science progresses, studies have demonstrated that radiation treatment — delivered externally and internally — is as effective in treating the disease as surgical removal of the prostate. Although there are side effects associated with radiation, patients who choose this treatment often cite the risks — most notably incontinence and impotence.

One of the biggest issues doctors face in delivering radiation, however, to the prostate tumor is organ motion, a natural and commonly-occurring bodily function. Clinical studies have documented that organ motion is both unpredictable and variable.

As a result, nearly 100 medical centers throughout the country have adopted a “GPS for the Body®” treatment using the Calypso System, which enables physicians to determine the exact location of the prostate in real-time during radiation therapy.

Other breakthroughs also continue to occur, including the use of the TrueBeam system, which can deliver treatments up to 50 percent faster with a dose delivery rate of up to 2,400 monitor units per minute, double the maximum output of earlier, industry-leading systems. This makes it possible to offer greater patient comfort by shortening treatments and to improve precision by leaving less time for tumor motion during dose delivery.

The precision of a TrueBeam system is measured in increments of less than a millimeter. This accuracy is made possible by the system’s sophisticated architecture, which establishes a new level of synchronization between imaging, patient positioning, motion management, beam shaping and dose delivery technologies, performing accuracy checks every 10 milliseconds throughout an entire treatment. Over 100,000 data points are monitored continually as a treatment progresses, ensuring that the system maintains a “true isocenter,” or focal point of treatment.

And armed with regular testing, early detection and knowledge of the wide variety of treatment options, most experts agree that prostate cancer is treatable and highly curable.

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RED Awards 2011

Brokerage Individual of the Year for Sales 2011

Eric J. Wichterman

Eric Wichterman, Cassidy TurleyCassidy Turley BRE Commercial

Sales details:

17 sales transactions

$61M in value

In 2010, Wichterman, an executive vice president, outpaced all competitive commercial brokerage individuals and teams in selling the most lender-owned property for the largest collection of lender/REO clients. His clients included most major special servicers and large banks such as Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Wichterman’s largest single transaction closed in 2010 was a Class A office/showroom, 177,173 SF at N. Pima Rd., in Scottsdale, for $16.25M all cash. Outside the office he works with the Arizona Humane Society, the American Cancer Society and the Phoenix Art Museum.