The Mother Standard of care


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 you?

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CTCA recognizes that no two cancer patients, and no two cancers, are exactly the same. Every patient’s care plan, from treating the disease to managing related side effects, is designed to meet his or her needs and treatment goals. Patients and their caregivers are involved every step of the way, empowered to make informed decisions about their care.

Each CTCA patient has a dedicated team of cancer experts assigned to his or her care, with some responsible for treating the cancer and others working to help the patient manage related side effects, like pain, nausea or malnutrition. These services and treatments are delivered under one roof, in a welcoming environment. We also offer affordable, healthy onsite dining options, low-cost accommodations, help with travel arrangements and, depending on your needs and situation, telehealth services that connect you with our cancer experts from the convenience of home.

A singer who also played multiple instruments in several bands, Hector N. was immediately concerned—not only for his health but his quality of life—after a sore on his tongue led to a life-altering diagnosis: stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue. His care team at CTCA developed a carefully constructed treatment plan that involved removing the tumor, then immediately rebuilding the tongue, followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. His recovery was difficult, but today, Hector is still singing—and urging others not to ignore signs of head and neck cancer.

“In October 2016, I learned from my medical oncologist that there was no evidence of disease remaining. In that moment, I felt so much joy and happiness. I was lucky to have found CTCA, where my care team worked tirelessly to help me through every step of my journey.”

— Hector N., head and neck cancer patient

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The second of three generations of women in the family to be diagnosed with cancer, and a nurse at a trauma hospital herself, Jean R. knew what she was looking for in a cancer care team when she learned she had stage 3A breast cancer: experts who understood the urgency she felt and who could offer whole-patient care. She found it, she says, at CTCA.

“I started chemotherapy. I didn’t handle it well. I cried, and I was sick. I lost my hair right away. But the doctors and nurses at CTCA did a lot to help me. I went to counseling, I learned relaxation techniques, and I took naturopathic supplements for some of my side effects.”

— Jean R., breast cancer patient

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Viola had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer when she arrived at CTCA. 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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