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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Laura Farrington, DO

Medical Oncologist

CTCA Chicago

"A patient is not just a disease. We are not just treating cancer. We are treating a person and using every tool possible to improve length and quality of life."

- Laura Farrington, DO

Patient Rating

4.7 / 5
223 Ratings

About Our Ratings

Osteopathic medical degree

  • Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, IL

Internship / Residency

  • Internal Medicine – Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Certification(s)

  • Medical Oncology - American Board of Internal Medicine

Fellowship(s)

  • East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • American Medical Student Association’s end of life care fellowship – Chicago, IL

Practicing since: 2013

Laura C. Farrington, DO, is a medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago. After spending most of her childhood caring for relatives with cancer, she believes she was born to be an oncologist.

“I like building strong relationships with my patients. I also like knowing that I can treat my patients, and improve their quality of life,” says Dr. Farrington.

As a medical oncologist at our Chicago hospital, Dr. Farrington believes in patient empowered care. “To me, patient empowered care means choices. A physician should not just tell a patient what to do, but help the patient decide which path is best for them,” says Dr. Farrington.

Her role as a medical oncologist allows her to form positive relationships with her patients.

“Part of what a physician does is help the patient understand a disease and its treatment. Another aspect of what a physician needs to do is to understand what is important to each individual patient, in order to cater recommendations to their specific needs,” says Dr. Farrington.

Board certified in medical oncology, Dr. Farrington is a member of numerous professional organizations, including American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Medical Women’s Association, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society for Neuro-Oncology and Connective Tissue Oncology Society.

Dr. Farrington believes that the whole-person approach to treating cancer is what makes CTCA® different than other hospitals.

“A patient is not just a disease. We are not just treating cancer. We are treating a person and using every tool possible to improve length and quality of life,” says Dr. Farrington.

In her spare time, Dr. Farrington enjoys spending time with her young children. She also likes being active and playing sports.

Patient ratings and comments

The patient ratings and comments on this page are obtained from an external Press Ganey® outpatient survey provided to all eligible CTCA patients within one to two weeks of their treatment occurrence. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating. In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, or do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA.

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/26/2018
my friend & I are very happy with her. Very thorough

Patient rating

3.8 / 5
10/24/2018
this is my first time with Dr. Farrington so I believe she will be good. I was with [...] and enjoyed her and her abilities so this is new for me to have another doctor but I'm hoping I will receive the same good treatment. I was thinking about changing hospitals after losing [...] but I'm going to try Dr. Farrington.

Patient rating

3.8 / 5
10/24/2018
I like her. She was markedly more friendly the first time I saw her. On subsequent visits she has been less friendly, doesn't seem to know me from a stranger on the street, and sometimes seems rushed.

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/16/2018
I saw the Physicians Assistant and Dr Farrington also came to say hi and answer questions.

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/9/2018
Best Doc I ever had

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/9/2018
I really appreciate Dr. Farrington

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/9/2018
Pure Angels all of them

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/3/2018
Awesome!

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/1/2018
Dr Farrington is very knowledgeable and compassionate

Patient rating

5 / 5
8/24/2018
Dr. Carrington is very knowledgeable and I can tell by visiting with her that she knows the latest treatment options. She very pleasant and always takes her time.

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About our star ratings

The patient star ratings are an average of all responses to physician-related questions on our nationally recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) measures patient satisfaction as part of our effort toward continuous improvement in all aspects of the patient experience. We partner with Press Ganey®, a third-party-validated organization with over 30 years of experience supporting over 26,000 health care organizations, to survey our patients about their recent experiences at CTCA®.

Why is this information important?

CTCA is committed to transparency. Not only do the surveys allow us to continuously improve our services, but we hope these ratings will help you feel confident in your decision to seek care at CTCA.

How are the star scores calculated?

All eligible CTCA patients receive a survey from Press Ganey within one to two weeks after their treatment occurrence. In addition to being asked about their overall experience at CTCA, patients are asked to score the level of confidence they have in their provider, as well as the likelihood they will recommend the physician to others. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating, with one star being the lowest possible rating and five stars being the highest.

Are all comments included?

In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. Patients’ names and other identifying information are removed from the comments for confidentiality and patient privacy. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved, or are statements that cannot be verified as factual. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA. All ratings are included even if a comment is excluded.

Why don’t all physicians have ratings and comments?

Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys. This helps us ensure that the sample size is large enough to give you an accurate representation of the physician's care.

Star ratings and comments are not available for all physicians or specialties. The validated Press Ganey survey captures patient experience feedback with the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which include only medical, radiation and in-office gynecologic oncology services. Gynecologic surgeries are not evaluated at this time because a different survey tool would be required.

Can anyone provide ratings and responses for a physician?

No. Only patients who are under the care of the physician can provide a response through the Press Ganey survey. Eligible patients receive the survey either by mail or email after their treatment occurrence. Survey responses are completely voluntary.

How do you protect patient information for those who have responded to the survey?

Patient privacy is of the utmost importance to us. If a review comment includes any information that could identify a patient (e.g., name, etc.), it is removed from the comment prior to publishing on the physician’s bio page. All patient information that has been removed from a comment is designated with an ellipsis, or “[…]”.

How often are the scores updated?

Press Ganey surveys are sent out all year long. All patient ratings and reviews are regularly updated and published within a month of receiving the responses. Ratings and reviews remain on a physician’s bio page for one year after being published. After that time period, the ratings and reviews older than a year are removed to ensure the most current information is available.

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