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Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) was founded in 1988 by Richard J Stephenson, following the death of his mother, Mary Brown Stephenson, from cancer.
After his mother's diagnosis, Richard and his family searched for the most advanced and effective cancer treatments available. They were disappointed to discover that world-renowned cancer hospitals were not focused on providing their mother with the comprehensive care and advanced treatment options she needed, and deserved. Sadly, Mrs. Stephenson passed away before she could watch her grandchildren grow and mature.
To keep his mother’s spirit alive, Richard vowed to change the face of cancer care. He created a new model of care that changed the way oncologists, surgeons and other clinical professionals treated patients with cancer. This whole-person cancer treatment approach combined with a compassionate, nurturing environment is now known as the CTCA® Mother Standard® of care, and involves a patient-centered approach to cancer treatment.
Today, the network of CTCA hospitals includes facilities in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Arizona, Georgia and an outpatient practice in Washington.