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The Mother Standard of care


"My team made me feel like a whole person again." 

- Briana R., breast cancer patient -

This is how we inspire hope

Treating cancer requires fighting the disease—and so much more. It’s about treating the whole patient, and recognizing that each person comes to the journey with his or her unique needs, challenges, preferences and goals. It’s about treating each patient with compassion, dignity and respect—the way we’d want our own loved ones to be treated. We call that approach the Mother Standard® of care. It’s the principle upon which Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) was built, because it’s the kind of care Founder Richard J Stephenson wanted for his own mother when she was diagnosed with cancer. His mother’s experience inspired Mr. Stephenson to pioneer a new model of cancer care that treated the whole person with empathy while attacking the disease with state-of-the-art medicine.

Whether it’s tailoring treatments to address both the disease and its side effects, or helping patients make educated decisions about their care, or guiding them through the complexities of the cancer journey, the Mother Standard offers a comprehensive, compassionate patient experience. What does the Mother Standard of care mean for your patient journey at CTCA®:

  • Integrative cancer care: Our comprehensive approach uses innovative therapies to attack the disease while supporting you with evidence-informed therapies to help combat side effects.
  • Comprehensive diagnostics and treatment, all under one roof: Our team of expert oncologists and clinicians are trained and experienced in cancer care.
  • Personalized medicine: We tailor treatments to your individual needs, taking into account treatment goals, side effects and personal preferences.
  • Patient-centered approach: Your care team will involve you in the decision-making process and help you make informed decisions about your care.
  • Coordinated care: We help you handle the logistics of cancer care, and answer questions you may have along the way, so you don't have to do it alone.
  • Caregiver support: We offer support services for caregivers and include them in treatment discussions about their loved ones.
  • Survivorship support: Our survivorship team supports you after you complete treatment and transition to life back home.
  • Convenience: We help you handle the logistics of the cancer journey, to make your experience as stress-free and affordable as possible.
  • Innovative treatment options: We offer a wide range of treatment options, from conventional therapies to state-of-the-art technologies.
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Mother Standard of care?

The patient experience

During chemotherapy and other treatments for his esophageal cancer, Job needed energy so he could stay strong for his family. He felt stronger throughout his journey by exercising and establishing healthy eating habits with the help of a clinical oncology dietitian. When Job’s wife, Sarah, needed emotional support to navigate her role as caregiver, she got advice and comfort from a mind-body therapist on Job’s care team.

“People at CTCA have an investment in you as a person. You’re not just a tally mark. You’re not just a patient. You’re not just another dollar coming in the door.”

— Job L., esophageal cancer patient

Read Job’s story

Our Difference
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When Briana learned her mother, Jean, had breast cancer, she never imagined she would be diagnosed with the same disease a few years later. Briana wanted the same cutting-edge treatment options and compassionate care her mother had received—all in one place, all with one team, all working together to fight her cancer.

“It wasn’t some textbook definition of care. It was care targeted to the patient, and that was wonderful.”

— Briana R., breast cancer patient

Viola had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer when she arrived at CTCA Tulsa. She and her husband, Nathan, met with a team that cared for her like a family member, involved her in treatment planning, attacked her disease with comprehensive therapies and state-of-the-art technologies, and provided her with spiritual support, a priority for Viola and Nathan. “Having the chaplains on staff just topped it off for me,” Viola says.

“When we pulled into the parking lot of CTCA, it instantly felt like my burden was lifted.”

— Viola J., breast cancer patient

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