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Changing cancer care

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) was founded in 1988 by Richard J Stephenson, following the death of his mother, Mary Brown Stephenson, from cancer. After his mother’s diagnosis, Mr. Stephenson and his family searched for the most effective cancer treatments and supportive care options designed to enhance quality of life. They were disappointed to discover this type of integrated model, which his mother needed and deserved, did not exist. Sadly, Mrs. Stephenson passed away before she could watch her grandchildren grow and mature.

To keep his mother’s spirit alive, Mr. Stephenson vowed to change the face of cancer care. He created a new model of care that changed the way oncologists, surgeons and other clinical professionals treat patients with cancer. This whole-person cancer treatment approach combined with a compassionate, nurturing environment is now known as the Mother Standard® of care and provides a patient-centered approach to cancer treatment.

CTCA is nationally accredited oncology network of hospitals and outpatient care centers and industry leader in patient satisfaction, and proud to be a pioneer of the integrative approach to cancer care. We continue to grow and evolve with the same mission that started over 30 years ago: to be a home of healing and hope for cancer patients and caregivers.

In 2022, CTCA became part of City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.