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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Making a treatment decision

Choosing the right hospital is one of the most important decisions you make in your cancer journey. Knowing as much as you can about your cancer type, stage and treatment options may help you make more informed decisions about your care.

If you choose to seek a second opinion at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we will perform a full evaluation, to confirm your diagnosis and help you understand all of the treatment options available to you.

making a treatment decision

Choosing the right facility

To help you decide if CTCA® is the right treatment facility for you, we've put together a chart of the differences you may encounter at a community and/or research/academic hospital compared with a CTCA hospital.

Since every hospital is different, this information may not necessarily apply to all hospitals.

CTCA Hospitals Community & Research/Academic Hospitals
Cancer focus. CTCA treats only cancer patients. Our physicians have expertise in treating many forms of cancer, including advanced-stage and complex cases, using advanced technologies. Range of medical conditions. Community hospitals treat a range of diseases and conditions other than cancer, and may not be equipped to treat complex or advanced forms of cancer.
Regional hospitals. CTCA has five cancer hospitals located throughout the country. We offer a number of services and amenities to make travel as easy and affordable as possible for patients. Local convenience. Community hospitals are generally conveniently located, so you don't need to travel long distances for appointments and treatments.
Centralized treatment location. Patients have access to state-of-the-art technologies to treat cancer, and are able to receive most or all of their treatments in the same location. Various treatment locations. The technology available at community hospitals varies widely, so patients may have to go to other facilities and providers for treatments and needs that cannot be met at their community hospital.
Care team access. Every patient has his/her own care team of cancer experts who work in the same location and meet regularly to discuss the progress of the patient’s treatment. Providers spread out. Patients’ providers often work in different locations, which can make regular communication among clinicians difficult.
Patient-centered. CTCA is patient-focused. Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to his or her unique needs and situation. Research-focused. In general, the primary focus of research/academic centers is research and teaching.
Fully integrated. Conventional treatments are integrated with supportive care services as part of each patient’s treatment plan; and all treatments are provided under one roof by a multidisciplinary care team. Isolated treatments. If supportive care services are available, the therapies are often offered by different providers in different locations, so treatments may not be integrated.
Collaboration. Each patient’s care team includes oncologists who work alongside supportive care practitioners, sharing knowledge and resources to determine a collaborative approach to managing treatment-related side effects. Dispersed providers. In general, oncologists are not trained to work with supportive care practitioners, which may make it difficult to manage the side effects of conventional treatments.
Continuous care. Each patient’s care manager is available 24/7—when the patient arrives at the hospital, throughout treatment, and into recovery. Episodic care. Case management is typically provided on an episodic basis only (often during discharge).
Whole-person support. CTCA makes a wide variety of supportive care services available to every patient to promote healing on all levels—body, mind and spirit. Separated support. Spiritual and emotional support is usually not part of a patient’s cancer treatment plan.