Dr. Lauren Stegman

Radiation Oncology
Scottsdale, AZ
29 years experience male

Locations

Phoenix Cyberknife and Radiation Oncology Center

Phoenix, AZ

Address

4611 East Shea Boulevard, Suite 120, Phoenix, AZ, US
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 7:00am - 4:00pm
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Fax

(602) 464-9769

Insurances accepted

BlueCross BlueShield

Cigna

Humana

UnitedHealthcare

Aetna

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Arizona

Health Net

Medicare

Health Net of Arizona

SCAN Health Plan

Palo Verde Cancer Center - Scottsdale

Scottsdale, AZ

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Phoenix, AZ

About

Bio

Dr. Stegman trained in Radiation Oncology at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He earned his combined MD and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan, where he studied cancer gene therapy and molecular imaging. Dr. Stegman has published numerous articles in both the basic sciences and clinical radiation oncology, and is experienced in brachytherapy and IMRT for gynecologic, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, head and neck, thoracic, brain, and breast cancers. He also has significant experience with stereotactic body radiosurgery for paraspinal, lung, and liver tumors. He holds a patent for web-based peer-review of scientific and medical journal articles, serves on the Medical Advisory Board of .

Specialties
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Radiation Oncology

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272 Answers
18 Agrees
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
No: Getting an infection in the breast after external beam radiation is very rare. It happens in only 1% of patients or less. Infections can be more com... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Medical Physicit: All radiation theory facilities have a physicist usually with with a masters degree or phd. He or she callibrates the machines and monitors the depa... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Impossible to Know: I am sorry for your loss. We don't expect cancer to take our loved ones from us so quickly after a diagnosis, but cancer can grow to be very large or... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Healthy: Unfortunately science has not identified any specific food that can prevent cancer or turn precancerous cells back to normal. However, eating a balan... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Women : Women can develop uterine prolapse in which the uterus falls into the vagina. This can sometimes be taken care of with a pessary; a device placed in ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Only in some: Lymph nodes can be thought of as filters in the body. Nodes can sometimes "catch" cancer cells as they begin to spread outside the organ or tissue wh... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
No test is 100%: The sensitivity of MRI and ct scans depends partly on the type of cancer and the location in the body. In general, they can find tumors that are a fe... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
I : I presume you already had surgery and hope you are doing well. You are correct that thymomas are very rare tumors with only about 500 diagnosed every... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
I : I hope you did not have 20 weeks of radiation! that would be a lot. Standard radiation treatments for pituitary tumors generally consist of 25 - 30 ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Sometimes: Early stage vulvar cancer is usually treated with surgery first or rarely radiation therapy for those who are not able to undergo surgery. Sometimes ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Radiation : Radiation therapy will only affect fertility if the testicles or ovaries receive treatment. Therefore this is usually only an issue for patients with... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
CLL : Cll is a very slow growing type of cancer. Most patients are diagnosed in the earlier stages of the disease and more than half of them will live a 12... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
There : There can be many reasons for blood in the urine, some mild but som very serious. If you can see blood in the urine you need to see a doctor soon to ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
It : It sounds like you have what is called steatorrhea which means "fatty stools". The yellow stuff is undigested fat. There can be many causes for this... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
If : If the pain is persistent and especially if it is worse at night, with weight bearing, or radiates from your back to your hips or your hips to your kn... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
If : If you are having bothersome symptoms 3 weeks might be too long and i'd ask to move the appointment up o go to the hospital for evaluation. Otherwise... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
If : If you don't already have an appointment with the doctor who ordered these blood tests you should make one to go over the results. Hopefully you have... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
You : You should see your doctor to check this out and reassure you.
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
An : An elevated blood ammonia level is usually due to liver failure. High blood ammonia levels can cause serious symptoms including severe confusion and ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Immune Cytokine: Tnf-alpha is the prototypic member of a family of protein "hormones" made by the immune system that can cause some cancer cells to kill themselves. I... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Depends...: Depends on the cause of the decrease. Best to speak with your physician and possibly get a referral to a hematologist to diagnose the problem and def... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
T Stages: I think you are talking about primary tumor stage (eg t stage). T4a is a breast tumor that has grown into the chest wall, t4b is one that basically i... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Many Types: There is not really a single "most advanced"type of radiation therapy. There are many advanced technologies each of which has some advantages and dis... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Possibly: A new breast lump, even in a younger woman, needs to be thoroughly evaluated as it might be cancerous. Please see a doctor. The best place to start ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Polyp is type of 2mr: A polyp is a type of tumor arising from a mucous membrane like the lining of the intestines, nose, or other body part that looks a bit like a mushroom... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Results : Results can sometimes take over a week, especially if special stains have to be done on the tissue in order to finalize the diagnosis. These can some... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
? Not Clear: No specific disease results in formation of carcinoma in both frontal lobes. Carcinomas do not form in the brain, but spread (metastasize) there fro... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Depends: Some people have special cancer insurance policies that pay extra if the policyholder is diagnosed with cancer. There are also many organizations th... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Possibly: Radiation to the hands and feet can cause chronic swelling. Any persistent problems afterbradiation should be evaluated by a radiation oncologist, pr... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Listed below: The most common are: white, red, or red/white patches in the mouth, a sore that won't heal, bleeding in the mouth, pain or trouble swallowing, loose ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Breast : Breast cancer can appear as lumps or knots in the breast and with swollen lymph nodes. However, these can also be caused by many other non-cancerous ... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Depends: On the type of cancer, stage, and other factors. Talk to your doctor. Chemo is given because even if all the cancer the surgeon could "see" was remo... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Yes: It is unusual, but possible, for acute leukemia or other blood cancers to cause heart problems by blocking blood flow to the heart, growing in the the... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Possibly: There may be a slightly increased risk of a less aggressive type of ovarian tumor in women who have taken Clomid (clomiphene) for over one year for in... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
The : The amount of hair lost in the region also depends on the type of radiation treatment given and the dose.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
A Type of Lymphoma: B-lbl is a rare form of cancer of a type of white blood cell. It is usually an aggressive type of cancer and needs to be treated promptly with chemot... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
It : It depends what kind of cancer. There are some types of cancer that can be detected by special blood tests, although many of these tests can be abnor... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Very Unlikely: Fibroadenomas are benign tumors of the breast. They are quite common and are not precancerous. Very rarely there have been cases reported where a fi... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
T Stages: I think you are talking about primary tumor stage (eg t stage). T4a is a breast tumor that has grown into the chest wall, t4b is one that basically i... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
? Not Clear: Not sure what you mean by "cancer bruises". Some cancer patients get bruises because either the cancer or the treatment thins the blood and they are ... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Very Rare: Desmoid tumors do not arise directly in the brain, however, these tumors can rarely occur intracranially, meaning inside the skull. This has been repo... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Yes: Radiation therapy can cause dry mouth resulting in thick mucous secretions. Talk to your radiation doctor if a medicine to increase saliva production... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Hard to Know: Many healthy people get cancer. Stage IV just means that the cancer has spread around the body away from where it started (metastases). Some cancers... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Neither: There are only a handful of very rare circumstances where a "tumor marker" blood test can prove that someone has a cancer. This is because many tumor... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
No, a risk factor: Unopposed estrogen is a risk factor for uterine cancer but it does not always cause it. Unopposed estrogen means it is given without any Progesterone... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Ask Why: Neurofibromas that cause symptoms like pain, numbness, or weakness sometimes need treatment. Usually this would entail surgical resection, but for tu... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Hereditary: Abscesses, perforations, and diverticulitis are not known to cause colon cancer. Colon cancer in a young person may be due to an inherited cancer sus... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Maybe: You will need to wait to see what the biopsy result show. There can be non-cancerous causes too, but whenever there are suspicious breast lumps and l... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Need more info: Impossible to answer your questions with the information you provided. It depends what kind of surgery it will be. Many times a non-surgical needle ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Ask your Gyn: Average age of menopause in the us is about 51 yo. There are many conditions that can lead to irregular bleeding including adenomyosis of the uterus.... Read More
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Testimonials
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Mar 27, 2013
Knowledgeable doctor I have known since medical school.
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
In January of 2012 I was diagnosed with stage 4 head and neck cancer. With all of the various Doctors and treatment recommendations, my wife and I were pretty much in a fog looking for professional g...Read More
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Dec 16, 2012
It was by luck that Dr. Stegman found me. I was sent to Good Sam. Hospital not knowing I had a LARGE brain tumor that after surgery, I was told it was , Adenocarcinoma (cancer). The surgeon consulted ...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I so appreciate your input since I usually develop ugly post surgical scars. I am interested in XRT.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! This information was for a friend. He is on chemo and seems much better at this time. God Bless
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I agree, I have been to see my gp and am waiting for a referral but just wanted to see if any1 could have a look. So that didn't really help

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan Medical School
Graduated 2002MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan
Graduated 2002MD

Medical/Graduate school

Brown University
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Residency

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctor, Phoenix Magazine: 2009, 2011, 2013
Top Doctor, Phoenix Magazine 2001
Medical Scientist Training Program Grantee, NIH

Affiliations

American Society for Therapeutic Radiology & Oncology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Phoenix Cyberknife and Radiation Oncology Center
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