Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
CTCA Southwestern Regional Medical Center
Doctors Affiliated with this Treatment Facility
When deciding on a place that provides medical treatment for asbestos cancer, such as peritoneal mesothelioma and pericardial mesothelioma are numerous aspects that patients should think about. While it's true that mesothelioma is now well known as a hazard of being exposed to asbestos, occurrence of the disorder is still quite uncommon in the population at large; many clinicians have never encountered a case of it. Finding a cancer center with up-to-date equipment and doctors who have experience in treating mesothelioma cancer, sometimes referred to as asbestos lung cancer, is consequently extremely important if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. Besides offering chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgical treatment, many clinics that specialize in cancer also have counselors to help patients and their families handle the difficulty of fighting the cancer. Sometimes, the best treatment facility might not be located close to your home; if that is the case you will have to balance the inconvenience of traveling to obtain treatment (as well as the accompanying expenses for you and your family) with the benefits of obtaining care from those who are expert in treating patients with asbestos-related diseases.
CTCA's Southwestern Regional Medical Center is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is an innovative institution offering is a state-of-the-art cancer treatments that address the whole person with cutting-edge and conventional treatments combined with complementary medicine therapies.
For patients who are able to pay or whose private insurance is willing to cover costs, CTCA clinicians take an aggressive and individualized approach to cancer treatment, combining innovative medical, surgical and radiation therapies with supportive therapies like nutrition, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine, oncology rehabilitation, and spiritual support. The corporation has trademarked this whole-person approach as the Mother Standard®
Promotional corporate literature describes this as "advanced whole-person treatment options and the kind of care we would want for our own family members."
At the Lung Center, patients have several treatment options that include navigational and fluorescence bronchoscopy procedures. The Radiation Oncology Department offers the following treatments, some of which are proprietary to CTCA:
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- TomoTherapy® Highly Integrated Adaptive Radiotherapy (HI-ART)
- TheraSphere® (for cancers that have spread to the liver)
- Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)
- High-Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy (for breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancers)
Southwestern is also the first medical center in Oklahoma to offer hyperthermia, which applies heat in conjunction with radiation. It is a treatment option for radiation therapy patients who have recurring cancer in certain areas.
In keeping with its business plan of offering complimentary therapies, patients at Southwestern have access to a Nutrition Naturopathic Medicine and Oncology Rehabilitation Departments. In addition, there is a Pharmacy/Nutrition Shoppe on the premises that stock a full array of therapeutic vitamins, herbs and health foods. For additional fees, patients can also opt to work with cosmetic consultants at the facilities full-service beauty salon, receiving advice on hair replacement therapy and natural beauty products. The Mind-Body Medicine Department offers stress management counseling as well as relaxation therapy and private, family and group psychological counseling.
Southwestern's self-service dining room offers meals featuring organic produce and meats; family members can participate in a number of educational programs and activities during the primary's treatment.
When payment for services is assured, CTCA representatives handle all of the details related to treatment and care, including transportation and lodging arrangements in order to reduce stress levels.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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