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What to Expect

At COCHISE ONCOLOGY in Sierra Vista, Arizona, we see to it that our patients are fully informed before they undergo any cancer treatment. Find out what you can expect from us by browsing the rest of this page. The information provided here is courtesy of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) of which we are a proud member.

What Happens First?

After a diagnosis has been made, you will be approached by your primary care physician as well as several cancer specialists. These may include a surgeon, a medical oncologist, and a radiation oncologist. Make sure to discuss all of your treatment options with these doctors.


In many cases, a cancer patient needs to undergo more than one type of treatment. For example, if you have breast cancer, you might have to undergo surgery to remove the tumor then get radiation therapy so that any remaining cancer cells in or near your breast will be destroyed. You may also receive chemotherapy to destroy cancer cells that have made their way to other parts of your body.


After reviewing your medical tests—including computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and positron emission tomography (PET) scans—and doing a thorough examination, your radiation oncologist will let you know the advantages and disadvantages of radiation therapy. They will also accommodate your questions.

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