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Making a treatment decision

Choosing the right hospital is one of the most important decisions you make in your cancer journey. You owe it to yourself to find the finest treatment available for the type of cancer you have.

If you choose to seek a second opinion at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we will perform a full evaluation, to confirm your diagnosis and help you understand all of the treatment options available to you.

making a treatment decision

Choosing the right facility

To help you decide if CTCA® is the right treatment facility for you, we've put together a chart of the differences you may encounter at a community and/or research/academic hospital compared with a CTCA hospital.

Since every hospital is different, this information may not necessarily apply to all hospitals.

CTCA Hospitals Community & Research/Academic Hospitals
Cancer focus. CTCA treats only cancer patients. Our physicians have expertise in treating many forms of cancer, including advanced-stage and complex cases, using advanced technologies. Range of medical conditions. Community hospitals treat a range of diseases and conditions other than cancer, and may not be equipped to treat complex or advanced forms of cancer.
Regional hospitals. CTCA has five cancer hospitals located in different regions throughout the country. We offer a number of services/amenities to make travel as easy and affordable as possible for patients. Local convenience. Community hospitals are generally conveniently located, minimizing the need to travel long distances for appointments and treatments.
Centralized treatment location. Patients have access to leading-edge technologies to treat cancer, and are able to receive most or all of their treatments in the same location. Various treatment locations. The technology available at community hospitals varies widely, so patients may have to go to other facilities/providers for treatments and needs that cannot be met at their community hospital.
Care team access. Every patient has his/her own care team of cancer experts, all of whom reside in the same location and meet several times a week to discuss the progress of the patient’s treatment. Providers spread out. Patients’ providers often reside in different locations, which can make regular communication among clinicians difficult.
Patient-centered. CTCA is patient-focused. Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to their unique needs and situation. Research-focused. In general, the primary focus of research/academic centers is research and teaching.
Fully integrated. Conventional treatments are fully-integrated with integrative oncology services as part of each patient’s treatment plan; and all treatments are provided under one roof by a multidisciplinary care team. Isolated treatments. If integrative oncology services are available, the therapies are often offered by different providers in different locations, so treatments may not be integrated.
Collaboration. Each patient’s care team includes oncologists who work alongside complementary medicine practitioners, sharing knowledge and resources to determine the best approach to managing treatment-related side effects. Dispersed providers. In general, oncologists are not trained to work with complementary medicine practitioners, which may make it difficult to effectively manage the side effects of conventional treatments.
Continuous care. Each patient’s care manager supports them 24/7—when they arrive at the hospital, throughout their treatment, and into recovery. Episodic care. Case management is typically provided on an episodic basis only (often during discharge).
Whole-person support. CTCA incorporates spiritual support and mind-body medicine into each patient’s treatment plan to promote healing on all levels—body, mind and spirit. Separated support. Spiritual and emotional support is usually not part of a patient’s cancer treatment plan.
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