Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Push for Holistic Cancer Care

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a network of five nationally accredited hospitals in the United States offering dedicated cancer treatment to adults. Their model emphasizes an integrated and holistic approach to care that extends beyond traditional treatments to include complementary therapies and social support to address both the disease and the effects it has on the lives of their clients and families.CTCA, headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida was founded in 1998 by Richard Stephenson. Dissatisfied with the cancer treatment his mother received, he launched CTCA on the principle that offering a full range of support and integrative therapies could improve treatment results.

Patients at CTCA can expect support to manage every part of their cancer treatment journey right from the start. Potential clients can seek services independently, but most are referred by doctors and representatives are available to assist with insurance questions.CTCA centers are conveniently located in major metropolitan areas throughout the US including Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. According to CTCA, a full 70 percent of patients come from out of state to seek care and services are available to assist clients and their families arrange transportation and lodging during visits. Visits to CTCA are often for a second opinion, a service that can offer patients added confidence in their diagnosis and choices for treatments.

Expert physicians use state-of-the art equipment to get the best clinical picture of a cancer to help improve understanding of its complexity, how it will affect the body, and which treatments will be the most effective.Clients choosing to become patients of CTCA are then offered a comprehensive multidisciplinary plan to treat their cancer using cutting-edge treatments including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation as well as supportive treatments to fight difficult side effects of treatment such as weakness and nausea. The physicians at CTCA believe that including a full range of individualized complementary services including nutrition consultations, physical therapy, pain management, counseling services, and access to clinical trials help patients experience the very best quality of life possible while optimizing the success of the cancer treatment.All CTCA hospitals are fully accredited by the Joint Commission and have earned Full Compliance Standards, a designation that affirms each center has met important standards for patient care and safety.