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Medical oncology

Our department

The Medical Oncology Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Atlanta, diagnoses cancer and delivers treatments such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy/targeted therapy and hormone therapy personalized to your needs.

Developing your treatment plan

Your initial visit to CTCA® Atlanta will typically last one to three days. Our medical oncologists have expertise and training in diagnosing cancer and delivering chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy and/or hormone therapy.

Our medical oncologists work in tandem with the rest of your care team to provide therapies designed to help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and other treatments. During your stay, your medical oncologist will review your diagnosis and medical history, and order additional diagnostic testing and evaluations as needed.

At the end of your diagnostic evaluation, your medical oncologist will present you with a personalized cancer treatment plan. Together, you and your medical oncologist will discuss the treatment options available for your cancer type and stage and determine which options may be appropriate for you.

If chemotherapy is part of your treatment plan, your medical oncologist will coordinate your dosage and schedule. You may receive chemotherapy alone or in combination with other treatment modalities like targeted therapies, surgery and/or radiation therapy.

Throughout your care, your medical oncologist will work closely with you to monitor your chemotherapy regimen to track your progress and help reduce side effects.

An individualized approach

Our unique model of care at CTCA brings a dedicated team of cancer experts together on a daily basis. Your medical oncologist will communicate with the other members of your care team throughout your treatment. He or she will monitor your treatment and assist with managing side effects, such as gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, insomnia and/or neuropathy. Your care team works diligently to help you tolerate treatments, stay active and enjoy a good quality of life.

Throughout your treatment, you’ll undergo diagnostic imaging and lab tests that will allow your medical oncologist to follow the progress of your treatment. If the cancer is resisting treatment, or you are not tolerating it, your medical oncologist will modify your treatment plan or recommend using a different therapy.

The medical oncology team at CTCA Atlanta

At CTCA Atlanta, our oncologists, nurses, clinicians and other cancer experts are trained and experienced in treating cancer. Many of our cancer experts focus on one specific disease type, taking comprehensive, personalized cancer care to the next level. In our Atlanta hospital, we have a Lung Cancer Center, a GI Cancer Center and a Breast Cancer Center, where multidisciplinary teams of doctors and other clinicians with expertise in treating specific cancer types collaborate to deliver comprehensive, personalized cancer care.

This close coordination helps our clinicians reach a diagnosis more efficiently and recommend an individualized care plan, to help you start treatment as soon as possible. Knowing that fighting cancer is only part of the battle, your care team may also recommend various evidence-informed supportive therapies to help you manage the side effects of cancer and its treatment. Each patient’s team is coordinated by a nurse who helps you handle the details and responds to your questions as they arise.

The nursing team

Our nurses play a critical role in patients’ overall hospital experience. In recognition of that contribution, the CTCA Atlanta nursing program seeks to join the most elite members of the nursing field by applying for Magnet status.

This move marks the start of our Journey to Magnet Excellence®, the first in a rigorous three-step process that will take up to two years to complete. To earn Magnet status, organizations must apply for and undergo a multi-faceted evaluation. They must also submit extensive documentation on how they meet Magnet standards.

The Magnet Recognition Program® is considered the gold standard of nursing excellence, recognizing health care organizations that provide high-quality patient care and professionalism in the nursing practice. Fewer than 9 percent of U.S. hospitals have earned the coveted Magnet designation.

The goals of the Magnet program are to:

  • Promote clinical quality
  • Improve patient outcomes
  • Support excellence in nursing

About Magnet recognition

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the world’s largest and most prominent credentialing organization for nurses. Its Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with a benchmark for measuring quality care. In order for a site to be considered for the program, high-quality standards must be demonstrated in an extensive written document. After the ANCC reviews the document, it conducts a site visit, complete with onsite interviews and unit tours, that allows ANCC appraisers to verify, clarify and further explore the information contained in the document. Full Magnet recognition is granted for four years, during which time the ANCC monitors the facility to ensure high standards of care continue to be met.

Studies show patient outcomes are more favorable in Magnet-designated hospitals, where patients are reported to experience fewer complications, lower mortality rates and higher patient satisfaction scores.

Read our 2019 Nursing Annual Report

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Where we are located

CTCA Atlanta

Medical Oncology Department
600 Celebrate Life Pkwy.
Newnan, GA 30265
New patients: 888-552-6760 | Existing Patients: (770) 830-CTCA

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