Review: Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)

Cancer Websites, Hospitals — By on August 13, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is the home of integrative and compassionate cancer care.

CTCA offers patients the most sophisticated forms of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy in combination with complementary medicine therapies, including nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine and spiritual support.

The mission at CTCA is to never stop searching for and providing powerful and innovative therapies to heal the whole person, improve quality of life and restore hope. If you or a loved one is exploring cancer treatment options, their specialists are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Each day their experts consider the type of care they would want for a loved one who is fighting cancer.This question is what motivates them to continually research and employ innovative new techniques and therapies to fight cancer on all fronts, providing a full range of treatment options – including options for advanced stage cancers and complex cases—all under one roof. CTCA calls this quest the Mother Standard® of care. It means their entire focus is driven by the advanced whole-person treatment options and the kind of care they would want for their own family members.

With cancer hospitals in suburban Chicago, Philadelphia, Tulsa, and Phoenix coming in early 2009, CTCA continues to expand its accessibility to patients. At CTCA, patients will receive a personalized treatment plan including a powerful combination of advanced conventional treatments combined with supportive complementary medicine therapies. This whole-person approach helps fight cancer while enjoying a good quality of life.

To find out more, please visit: Cancer Treatment Centers of America and let us know if this was helpful to you.

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  • Bob says:

    Was diagnosed about three weeks ago and went to CTCA Philadelphia for a 2nd opinion. Frankly, was disappointed with what was available. The experience seemed like a money making machine rather than a state of the art cancer hospital. The biggest disappointment was there is no on-site pathologist, an essential part of diagnosing and monitoring any cancer. Every single cancer from blood to prostate to brain is diagnosed based on pathological findings, with a pathologist looking at slides and making a determinination on whether there is cancer present. But CTCA has decided to outsource this very important function because in my mind, the revenue stream from the pathologist is marginal. However, by doing so, they have to me exposed themselves to what they are – a business who is preying on sick people to make money by giving false hopes and false promises. Instead, they have invested money in extensive radiological equipment which is less important for diagnosing cancer but is useful in determining the extent of the disease. Yet, it is no coincidence that the radiology component is a massive revenue generating machine and it is no surprise that nearly every patient is ordered a PET scan which runs in the ballpark of $10,000 a pop. If you want quality cancer care which gives realistic expectations and hopes, stay away. CTCA is a money making enterprise that wants to drain sick people of their savings and charging huge amounts to patients’ insurance by giving false hopes, running thousands of dollars of tests and giving the impression that they are using alternative means to treat the disease. My disease is not very advanced but for those of you who have read their website, spoke to their representative and got the impression of a miracle, PLEASE, don’t be mislead. Don’t think they will do any better than Sloan Kettering, Dana Farber or Johns Hopkins. They want your money and will do a lot to try and milk you for every dollar.

  • Kelly says:

    Thank you Bob for an insightful, well thought out critique. This is just the type of review that NEEDS to be posted!

  • JHammer says:

    Our friends were recently romanced into the Cancer Center for America in Tulsa. After a diagnosis of terminal liver cancer by world reknown University of Minnesota physicians, CCA claimed the UofM was “smoking something” and “this man can be completely cured by us.” As I predicted, three months after milking the insurance company for the $1 million, they admitted nothing could be done and told them to try to the Mayo Clinic. He died 5 day safter leaving Tulsa. CCA is nothing but a spa for the terminally ill.

  • Holt says:

    I can see that you are putting plenty of effort and time into your blog and detailed articles! I’m deeply in love with each single bit of facts you post here (there are not a lot of quality blogs left .

  • Tonia Worley says:

    I took my Dad to the Chicago CTCA. I was very disappointed not only in the fact that they came in and said there was nothing they could do for him but also the way they told him. They spent less than 30 minutes with him, wanted him to start a nutrition program that they would oversee (costing thousands) and they were very abrupt about it. He was looking for some compassion and comfort and got neither. I have never seen anyone so disappointed. I think they could have at least explained more. I think that their commercials send the wrong message.

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  • Lora Sciullo says:

    Thank you so much for the posts as they are profoundly thoughtful. We love the way you are able to breathe more fire into whatever you write about and it all is right from your hear t. I have bookmarked your site long ago and keep on coming back to it time and time again.

  • this is really alarming. I have also been writing about that, and i see we share some views.

  • factor says:

    Thanks for all the info. We went to MD Andersonfor a second opion on a rare form of breast cancer. Then we were thinking of going to CTCA. I have been checking the web looking for reviews. I was skeptical because they sounded like heavy pressure salesmen on the phone. I was checking the web for reviews and found your site. Thank you for the information it confirmed my gut feeling about CTCA, it saved us a long drive and $$$.

  • Warren says:

    discovered your site on and actually liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be in turn to check it out some more later ..

  • Joe says:

    Bert and Debra,

    Were doctors having negative experiences working at CTCA as well?

  • Nicki Minaj says:

    Greetings, awesome post.

  • Jeanette says:

    Hey, can Debra L. and Bert please contact me!!! It is very important. I have some news which cannot be posted publicly about CTCA but would like to share.

    please call me.

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