||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.