The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) Story


[MUSIC PLAYING] Cancer Treatment
Centers of America was born from a son’s
love for his mother and his unrelenting
quest to save her life. After the loss of
my grandmother, we sat down and
said, what will it take to actually change
the face of cancer? The mission is to take care
of patients or the Mother Standard. What would you do if
it was your father? What would you do if
it was your mother? To take care of each
patient as if it was a member of
my family, and it makes practicing medicine as
joyful as it’s supposed to be. [MUSIC PLAYING] Cancer Treatment
Centers of America is a premiere cancer center
spanning multiple locations across the United States. We practice
multidisciplinary care, which means we have, under
one roof, all of the health care providers
that you would need to take care of your cancer. We have access to
state-of-the-art drugs, state-of-the-art
clinical trials, and some of the best precision
medicine tools that are available. But in addition to that, we
have the Mother’s Standard. We treat every
patient the way you would want your
mother to be treated, and that truly is unique. Every one of our providers
is truly an expert in cancer. And that’s not just
our oncologists– who you expect to be
experts in cancer– but that means our
physical therapists, our respiratory therapists,
our mind-body counselors, the people who manage
the emotional impact of this illness, our
dietitians, our naturopaths. We’re practicing medicine
under one roof, side by side. We work together as a team. So this is coordinated care,
all together under one roof. This is a new realm
of medicine where we’re going to be able
to increasingly focus on the particular
abnormality within a cancer for an individual patient. What makes it new and what
makes it really exciting is that we are now down
to the molecular level. We can literally look at the
underpinnings of a cancer and that individual patient. Why does cancer grow? Why does it spread? Why is it resistant? And so taking that
information and then being able to use that to
select a therapy that’s more likely to help a patient. And, of course, that means
benefiting the patient more in terms of the
quality of their life and the duration of
their life than if we weren’t using this
precision medicine strategy. With genomic testing,
we can find a mutation that the cancer has that
we can then exploit, and we know based on
the mutation if there are any therapies that
target the pathway that that mutation’s along. That’s our focus– being
more precise, more effective, making sure we optimize
the quality of life for that patient during her
or his journey with cancer. [MUSIC PLAYING] We have clinical trial which
involve use of immunotherapy along with
chemotherapy, which have been very important in
understanding and treating our patients. Immune therapy is
likely the future of how we’re going
to treat cancer. New drugs have now been designed
to teach the immune system how to see the cancer
cells for what they are so the immune system can
actually do the job of killing off those cells. We have leaders in
medical oncology. We have leaders in
radiation oncology, and people who are really
trying to push the envelope and trying to change the
paradigm of how we treat. [MUSIC PLAYING] There’s a lot of other
services besides just the conventional chemo,
radiation, and surgery that we offer here at Cancer
Treatment Centers of America that help augment
the patient’s care. Integrative cancer
care is a model of care that combines conventional
cancer treatment with supportive services
like mind-body modalities, nutrition, naturopathic,
and spiritual support, oncology rehabilitation,
acupuncture, and chiropractic care to
help patients manage symptoms and improve quality of life. In an integrative care
model, oncologists and other physicians
work collaboratively with integrative or
supportive care providers like dietitians,
physical therapists, to help coordinate
patients’ care. Integrative services
can help patients stay as strong as possible
during cancer treatment so they can complete
their treatment plan and have the best
quality of life possible in order to be able to continue
their daily activities. I knew that there was all these
resources available for me so that I could take
advantage of them when my cancer
treatment got difficult. My naturopath and
nutritionist helped me manage the side
effects of my treatment by teaching me how to
eat the right foods and take the right supplements. [MUSIC PLAYING] My name is Elaine Barber,
and I’m a five-year cancer survivor. Being diagnosed with cancer
made me rethink everything in my life. I had so many people
at CTCA helping me find a way to go
through the treatments, to prepare me for anything
that I would have faced. Cancer showed me what
true living is all about. When I came to Cancer
Treatment Centers of America, it was different– 2 and 1/2 hours with
the team, my doctor. He didn’t get out
of his chair until I had everything answered. You have people
that really care. They’re my family now. These people are saints. They’re saints. With hospitals in Atlanta,
Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Tulsa, and outpatient care
centers in Chicago, Phoenix, and Dallas, the CTCA network
provides convenient access for patients from across
the entire country. Learn more at CancerCenter.com. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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