Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Founded in 1988 by Richard J Stephenson, CTCA sprang from personal experience. When his mother, Mary Brown Stephenson, was diagnosed with cancer, Mr. Stephenson and his family searched for the most advanced, effective treatments available. They were frustrated to find that many world-renowned cancer hospitals did not provide comprehensive care.
Following his mother's death in 1982, Mr. Stephenson vowed to create a new and better model of cancer care, ultimately developing a whole-person cancer treatment approach. His commitment to establishing a patient-centered treatment experience has been, and still is, the organization's guiding vision. CTCA hospitals offer integrative care in a compassionate, nurturing environment. Appropriately, patients receive the Mother Standard® of care—that is, the way you would want your mother to be treated if she were diagnosed with cancer.
CTCA physicians treat only cancer and are experienced in complex and advanced-stage cancers. Using a personalized approach to promote healing of body, mind, and spirit, the doctors and clinicians at each of the five CTCA inpatient medical centers provide a combination of advanced cancer treatments—medical, surgical, and radiation oncology, pathology, hematology, gastroenterology, gynecology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, and plastic/reconstructive surgery—with supportive therapies ranging from physical and nutritional therapy, pain management, chiropractic, and psychiatry to mind-body and naturopathic medicine.
Each patient at a CTCA hospital is assigned a fully integrated healthcare team. Known as Patient Empowered Care®,this approach brings experts in advanced cancer treatment together with providers of supportive therapies. This unified team designs and implements an individualized treatment plan that is customized according to the patient’s unique health needs.
On its website, CTCA publishes advanced-stage survival statistics for the ten most prevalent cancers treated at CTCA; these are also compared to the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. The CTCA and SEER figures are presented in an accessible, consumer-friendly format, and patients and caregivers are encouraged to review them during the treatment planning process.
CTCA clinicians can access and utilize innovative treatment approaches not available at many other facilities. These leading-edge therapies combined with a patient-centered approach deliver high-quality treatment for cancer patients at any stage. Cancer treatment programs at CTCA include:
- Radiation Therapy
- Hormone Therapy
- Interventional Pulmonology
- Interventional Radiology
- Orthopedic Oncology
- Hematologic Oncology
The CareEdgeSM Program at CTCA guarantees new patients with breast, colorectal, lung, or prostate cancers a diagnosis and treatment plan in five days or less at an all-inclusive package price. Prices range from US$10,000 to US$14,500 and cover professional and facility services, travel, and lodging in connection with the evaluation. Package pricing does not cover treatment but rather is for evaluation and treatment plan development only.
CTCA hospitals are distributed regionally to provide convenient locations across the US. Each location is near a major US city served by direct domestic and international flights offering easy access to patients from around the world.
- Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
- Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Illinois, near Chicago;
- Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma;
- Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear, Arizona, near Phoenix;
- Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan, Georgia, near Atlanta; and
- Seattle Cancer Treatment & Wellness Center, an outpatient treatment facility in Seattle, Washington.
—Marie B., Oregon, US
Last updated on 19 December 2012
Get to Know Your Hospital or Clinic
Once you’ve chosen a date and destination for your treatment, you’ll be wise to do some additional sleuthing, beginning with your treatment center. Although detail-driven, this investigation is not as daunting as it sounds, and most of your research involves simple fact-checking.