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Patient-centered care

Our patient-focused care model puts you at the center of your treatment, so you and your family can focus on healing.

Each patient is assigned a team of multidisciplinary cancer experts who work together, all under one roof, to design and deliver a recommended care plan tailored to you and your individual needs. Some of the members of your care team, such as the medical oncologist, surgical oncologist or radiation oncologist, are dedicated to treating the cancer with state-of-the-art tools and technologies. Depending on your needs and preferences, your care team may also include various supportive care clinicians—a pain management doctor, registered dietitian, naturopathic medicine provider or chiropractor, for example—to help you manage pain, nausea, fatigue and other cancer-related side effects that may develop. Because all these doctors and clinicians work in one location, they collaborate regularly with you and one another, monitoring your progress and adjusting your care plan when necessary.

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How does this approach improve my cancer care?

Our patient-centered model is designed to personalize cancer care for each individual patient. Having a dedicated team provides many benefits, including:

  • Speed of care: With a cancer diagnosis, it is critical to get on an appropriate treatment plan as quickly as possible. Our patient-centered approach is built for efficiency and convenience, with an emphasis on eliminating waste in time and resources, so you get results more quickly.
  • Individualized treatment: When the members of your care team are chosen based on your needs, your cancer type and your treatment goals, you have greater comfort in knowing that your care plan is tailored to you.
  • Better communication among your doctors: Your team communicates in real time about your treatment, and makes adjustments or orders additional testing when needed.
  • Patient empowerment: You and your family are involved throughout the treatment planning and implementation process, allowing you to make informed decisions about your care.
  • Coordinated care: Your care team works together, all under one roof, coordinated by a dedicated care manager who helps to orchestrate your schedule, communication, education and follow-up.

Your Integrated Team

Meet our doctors and other care providers

We combine advanced cancer treatment with supportive therapies to create your integrated treatment plan. Your dedicated team of cancer experts communicates daily and works together to provide you with exceptional care – all within our hospital.

Medical Oncologist

Your medical oncologist monitors the traditional medical focus of your treatment plan. From presenting treatment options to monitoring your physical health, your medical oncologist works with your care team to make sure your treatments are working together and that your medical goals are being achieved.

Ritwick Panicker
Ritwick Panicker, MD, FACP
Hematologist-Oncologist & Medical Oncologist

Care Manager

When you come to our hospital, we’ll assign a care manager to be your point of contact throughout treatment. Your care manager will be there 24/7 to help with appointment scheduling, connecting with your doctors and whatever else you may need.

Susan Brown
Susan Brown, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
Care Manager

Naturopathic Oncology Provider

Naturopathic medicine uses natural and non-toxic therapies to create a healthy environment both inside and outside your body. Your naturopathic oncology provider focuses on natural remedies to assist with side effects, boosting your immune system, supporting normal metabolism and improving your overall quality of life.

Daniel Kellman
Daniel Kellman, ND, FABNO
Naturopathic Oncology Provider

Other Experts

In addition to the core members of your care team, other experts are available to further support you during treatment. These other clinicians focus on:

  • Spiritual support
  • Oncology rehabilitation
  • Pain management
  • Image enhancement
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care
Michael Langham
Rev. Chip Gordon
Director of Pastoral Care

Mind-Body Therapist

We believe treatment goes beyond traditional medicine, as your psychological and emotional well-being may impact healing. Your mind-body therapist is available to assist with individual, couples and family counseling, as well as relaxation, laughter therapy and other ways to heal your mind, body and spirit.

David Wakefield
David Wakefield, PhD
Mind-Body Therapist

Clinical Oncology Dietitian

Good nutrition is essential to keeping you strong as you go through cancer treatment. Your dietitian will create a personalized nutrition plan, focus on managing side effects, recommend supplements to improve your use of calories and help find foods your body can tolerate during treatment.

Brooke McIntyre
Brooke McIntyre, RD, LD
Clinical Oncology Dietitian

A personalized treatment plan

a personalized treatment plan

Our doctors work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and diagnosis.

Why patients choose CTCA

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More than 95 percent of patients who have treated at CTCA are likely to recommend our hospitals to people they know.

What to expect

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We help plan all of the details of your first appointment, from insurance verification to travel arrangements.