Why Choose Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)?
We help you fight cancer on all fronts by offering the following:
Advanced medical treatments and technologies
CTCA offers new and innovative treatments, including options for advanced stage cancers and complex cases, so you can win the fight.
A collaborative, multidisciplinary team of experts that works alongside you
CTCA cancer experts work together so you receive a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
Whole-person care to help you fight the disease and enjoy a good quality of life
CTCA provides supportive therapies for your body, mind and spirit so you can stay strong, manage side effects, and better tolerate cancer treatment.
A positive, compassionate, patient-centered environment that inspires hope
CTCA hospitals are warm and welcoming. When you visit, you can relax, connect with other patients and families, and focus on healing.
Information, guidance, communication, and empowerment
CTCA care team members will listen to you, provide clear information, and answer your questions so you can make informed decisions about your treatment.
World Class Cancer Treatment
Our cancer hospitals are accredited by a number of renowned, professional healthcare organizations, including the following:
- Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
- American Association of Blood Banks
- College of American Pathologists
- American College of Radiology
- American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
Our physicians are board certified and have extensive experience in treating all types of cancer, including advanced stage diseases. In addition to our medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, we have physicians who specialize in other fields, including pulmonology, hematology, gynecology, gastroenterology, and orthopedic oncology. These physicians have expertise in fighting specific types of cancer.
Our physicians also address patients' other medical issues, such as diabetes, respiratory, heart and digestive conditions, to treat each individual as a whole person.
Innovative Treatments & Technology
We are constantly searching for and acquiring the latest, cutting-edge medical technology and tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Some of the medical treatments we offer include:
Our surgical oncologists and general surgeons perform countless surgical procedures. They are experienced in removing tumors and performing complex surgeries for many types of cancer, including breast, lung, pancreatic, liver, colorectal, oral, and neck cancers.
Radiofrequency Ablation - An innovative technology that destroys liver tumors using radiofrequency waves. Most often, it is performed as an open surgical technique, used in combination with liver resection.
TomoTherapy® - An advanced radiation therapy for patients who have difficult-to-reach tumors and/or have reached their maximum tolerance dosage of traditional radiation. TomoTherapy® may be used to treat lung, breast, colorectal, prostate, lymphoma, throat, kidney, stomach, and testicular cancers.
High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy - An internal radiotherapy in which a computer delivers a tiny radioactive pellet directly to a tumor via a catheter temporarily implanted in the tumor. By tightly containing radiation within the tumor, this treatment helps to reduce exposure to healthy surrounding tissues. It also allows for treatment in days, rather than weeks for standard radiation therapy. This may be a treatment for lung, breast, prostate, colon, and gynecological cancers.
Calypso® 4D Localization SystemTM / GPS for the Body® - A remarkable technology offered at CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center that enables us to actively monitor tumor motion during treatment. It helps to deliver focused doses of radiation with greater accuracy to prostate cancer patients receiving external beam radiation therapy.
Local Hyperthermia Therapy – A very rare, leading-edge medical treatment offered at CTCA at Eastern Regional Medical Center that uses heat to destroy or damage cancer cells. By exposing body tissue to high temperatures (about 108 degrees) for about an hour twice a week, hyperthermia therapy works to shrink tumors by damaging proteins and structures within cells.
TheraSphere® – An innovative therapy offered at CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in which radiation is administered directly to liver tumors using tiny glass beads called microspheres. This treatment is used for inoperable liver cancer and cancers that metastasize to the liver.
Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation – A new way to administer radiation therapy to a breast after a lumpectomy, offered at CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center. Treatment is tightly contained within the tumor cavity, emitting less radiation to the nearby lungs, heart, ribs, muscles, and skin.
Intra-Arterial Chemotherapy - A procedure which involves administering chemotherapy directly to a liver tumor through the hepatic artery. In addition to treating inoperable liver tumors, this procedure may also be used to treat pancreatic cancer.
Metronomic Chemotherapy - A method of delivering the total dose of chemotherapy in smaller, more tolerable amounts over a period of three to five days, instead of in a single, large dose. This approach may help to minimize the side effects of standard chemotherapy.
Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy - An ovarian cancer treatment which involves administering chemotherapy into the abdominal cavity to directly target cancerous cells in that area.
The Department of Interventional Pulmonology at CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center and CTCA at Eastern Regional Medical Center offers patients with lung cancer access to the most sophisticated technology available for diagnosis and treatment. Some of the center’s innovative tools include:
Endobronchial Ultrasound – A minimally invasive test in which a bronchoscope is fitted with an ultrasound device to help biopsy abnormal lymph nodes in the chest.
Navigational Bronchoscopy – A revolutionary technology that combines advanced imaging techniques with electromagnetic navigation to help diagnose and treat cancer anywhere in the lungs.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) – An innovative cancer treatment that uses light-activated drugs and a light source to target and destroy cancer cells. The patient first receives an injection with a photosensitizing agent to make cells more sensitive to light. After the drug is absorbed by the cancer cells, a bronchoscope is used to apply a spectrum of light, which activates the photosensitive drug. PDT can be performed on an outpatient basis, is relatively pain free, requires minimal sedation, involves less risk than surgery, and has minimal side effects.
Stem Cell Transplant and Cell Therapy
CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center offers autologous and allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplants and other immunotherapies. Stem cell transplantation can be part of the treatment protocol for cancers such as leukemia, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas.
The Gynecologic Oncology Program at CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center specializes in treating women with cancer of the reproductive organs, including cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.
The Orthopedic Oncology Program at CTCA at Eastern Regional Medical Center provides specialized treatment for all primary bone and soft tissue sarcomas, as well as metastatic cancers that start somewhere else in the body and spread to the bone. Procedures may include excisions, joint replacement, limb salvage surgery, bone grafting, rodding, implants, reconstruction, palliative surgery, and more. The program also addresses orthopedic problems (e.g., arthritis, osteoporosis) that may occur alongside cancer. The goal is to fight bone cancer, while also helping to relieve pain, preserve mobility, and improve patients’ overall quality of life.