3851 Piper Street, Tower U, Suite U230
    Anchorage, AK 99508
    Phone: (907) 868-2075
    2490 S Woodworth Loop #450
    Palmer, AK 99645
    Phone: (907) 868-2075
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National Melanoma Skin Cancer Prevention Month

The month of May has been established by the American Academy of Dermatology as National Melanoma Skin Cancer Prevention Month with the goal of raising awareness of melanoma skin cancer and increasing early detection and treatment. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, often caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun or tanning beds. Melanoma can quickly spread cancer cells to other parts of the body if not treated. The American Cancer Society estimates that melanoma is diagnosed in less than 5% of all skin cancers, although it is the cause of approximately 75% of all deaths related to skin cancer. Learn more.

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  • Breast Cancer & Tumors

  • Alaska Surgical Oncology provides comprehensive breast care, including breast imaging and diagnostic services, surgical therapy, and medical and radiation oncology. Most women with breast cancer will have some type of surgery to treat the main breast tumor and to remove as much of the cancer as possible.

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  • Skin Cancer

  • Skin cancers include melanoma, basal cell, and squamous cell. Basal and squamous cell are common and treatment is usually very effective. Malignant melanoma can be difficult to treat, in which early detection, diagnosis and treatment can dramatically increase the survival rate from malignant melanoma.

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  • Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • We offer treatment and specialized care in a number of organs and organ systems including: esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, rectum, abdomen, liver and biliary tract, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, breast, skin and soft tissue, endocrine system, and critically ill patients with underlying surgical problems.

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  • Non-Surgical Treatment

  • Alaska Surgical Oncology combines compassionate care with advanced treatment through a multidisciplinary team approach. We work with primary care providers, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other healthcare workers to create a non-surgical treatment plan using the most current methods available.

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Eunice avoids an unnecessary mastectomy

After noticing a small blood spot near her breast, Eunice decided she needed to see a doctor. A 3D Mammogram discovered a small tumor in her breast, about the size of a grain of rice. She was diagnosed with a Stage 1 Breast Cancer and the oncologist recommended a mastectomy. In an attempt to avoid an unnecessary mastectomy, Eunice got a second opinion from Dr. Charles Portera at the Alaska Surgical Oncology Breast Center. Dr. Portera was able to save her breast and now Eunice is cancer free!

Julie's Breast Cancer Story

As a former oncology nurse, Julie knew first hand the seriousness of a breast cancer diagnosis. She also knew the importance of finding the highest trained surgical Oncologist possible. Working closely with a plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles Portera of Alaska Surgical Oncology was able to remove the breast cancer while maintaining the look of a healthy breast – all in one surgical process.

About Alaska Surgical Oncology

Alaska Surgical Oncology is a surgical oncology center that provides individualized and comprehensive care for those with a diagnosis of cancerous and noncancerous tumors or other internal abnormalities. We take an aggressive and proactive approach through advanced surgical intervention to help our patients regain a normal life. Dr. Charles Portera is board-certified in General Surgery and fellowship-trained in Surgical Oncology and Cancer Biology.

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The Healthquest Guidebook

Alaska Surgical Oncology knows from experience that early detection of cancer is essential for survival and the success of the least invasive treatment options. As a community service, we have produced a free guidebook on how to detect and prevent common cancers, and when you need to have screenings with your family physician. You will see pictures of common skin cancers, and how to do self screening for other common cancers.

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Our office is back open to see patients and we are accepting appointments!

  • However, if you have an upcoming appointment and you have a temperature of 100.4 or higher; or have any respiratory symptoms; or have been in contact anyone with Coronavirus … Please change to a Telemedicine visit to prevent exposure to our other patients and staff.
  • For your upcoming appointment in our office: We ask that our patients come to our waiting room without visitors if possible.
  • Patients will be required to wear a face mask or other protective face mask to your appointment to protect the health of our staff and other patients.
  • If you would prefer to make a TELEMED appointment: We can provide a TELEMED visit. Just call our main number to set up your Telemedicine appointment.

PLEASE RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT to prevent exposure to our other patients and staff. Call (907) 868-2075 and we will be glad to reschedule your appointment to a later date. Thank you!