Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a private, for-profit company with cancer treatment hospitals in four locations across the United States: Zion, Illinois; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Goodyear, Arizona. CTCA also operates an outpatient cancer clinic in Seattle, Washington. The company has its headquarters near Chicago in Schaumburg, Illinois.
CTCA was founded in 1988 by Richard J. Stephenson after his mother died from cancer. Throughout his mother’s battle with the disease, Stephenson found that cancer treatment facilities were focused solely on the clinical aspects of treatment, often ignoring the patient’s individual needs. Stephenson decided to open a cancer treatment center that would provide “whole-person cancer treatment” in a nurturing environment, and opened the first hospital in Illinois.
Mesothelioma Treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America
CTCA’s emphasis on compassion has led to its so-called “Mother Standard” of care, with doctors providing patients “with the same warmth, unconditional support and respect we would extend to our own mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers or other loved ones.” CTCA doctors create an individualized cancer treatment plan for each patient, combining traditional therapies with supportive therapies like nutrition, naturopathic medicine and spiritual support. One patient’s treatment plan could draw upon a long list of therapies, including chemotherapy, mind-body medicine, radiation therapy, nutrition therapy, physical therapy, immunotherapy, surgical oncology, and even acupuncture. The hospital also emphasizes “patient empowerment,” urging patients to actively participate in their treatments.
In many ways, CTCA is not a typical hospital. The four medical centers are designed to be as comfortable as possible; the hospitals offer low-cost, healthy, organic meals; free shuttles to and from a patient’s lodging site; recreational activities like movie nights, arts and crafts and Bingo; salon services; and support groups for both patients and caregivers. Because many patients are forced to take time off from work for their treatment, computer centers, printers and wireless Internet is available for their use. Flat-panel interactive screens in patient rooms allow patients to schedule appointments, order meals, browse the Internet and watch movies.
Not all insurance providers cover services at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, so it is wise to consult your policy before considering treatment at a CTCA hospital.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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