The seeds for Arizona Center for Cancer Care were initially planted in 1992 when respected Valley physician Dr. Devinder Singh formed Arizona Center for Hematology and Oncology.
Steady growth followed, and in 2002 the practice grew to three physicians – Drs. Singh as well as Drs. Joan Dahmer and Christopher Verdi. By 2006, Arizona Center for Hematology and Oncology added a fourth physician, Dr. Parmjeet Banghar.
But Dr. Singh had bigger goals – and a vision.
His vision – to become the first-ever multi-specialty cancer practice group in the West Valley.
In 2008, this vision became reality as Arizona Center for Hematology and Oncology brought on two more physicians, Drs. James Choi and Clarence Adoo, expanded to add PET/CT services and partnered with leading radiation oncologists Dr. Daniel Reed, Dr. Christopher Biggs and Dr. Terry Lee. Now able to provide hematology, oncology, PET/CT and radiation oncology services, Arizona Center for Cancer Care was born.
Arizona Center for Cancer Care quickly became the first of its kind to offer patients in areas like the West Valley Brachytherapy treatment, which is an effective, less-invasive treatment for prostate, breast, lung, esophageal, gynecologic and head/neck cancers, among others. They also became the first to invest in and offer Radiosurgery to the area using a state-of-the-art technology called RapidArc® radiation therapy. This very precise form of therapeutic radiation uses beams of radiation to treat cancerous tissues without a surgical incision or opening, allows patients to receive treatment in as little as 10 minutes, compared to the several hours it used to take with older technologies like the cyber knife and gamma knife.
By 2010, Arizona Center for Cancer Care added urology services.
And in 2012, the team expanded its patient services even further, bringing on renowned gynecologic oncologist Dr. Ivor Benjamin, another first for the West Valley.
Also in 2012, Arizona Center for Cancer Care built on its initial vision of providing the West Valley with multi-specialty cancer treatment services and technologies – it was time to expand to provide service across Maricopa County.
So, over the next two years, Arizona Center for Cancer Care would grow from 32 physicians providing service throughout the West Valley to nearly 60 specialists working in more than 35 offices across the Valley including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Deer Valley, Peoria, Avondale, Glendale, Surprise and Wickenburg.
Today, Arizona Center for Cancer Care is able to provide multi-specialty treatment and care to more than 30,000 patients across the Valley.
Cancer is a disease of survivors – and Arizona Center for Cancer Care is keeping it that way.