Hundreds of oncologists from across the country have given their input into a new method of keeping physicians informed of effective treatments and options for all kinds of cancers. This is a collaboration of Cancer Treatment Centers of America along with the participation of NantHealth and Allscripts.
This technical cooperation enables physicians nationwide to access the evolving cancer treatment solutions as they become available. The program called Clinical Pathways offers real time options to patients and includes traditional cancer treatments and support therapies that mesh with the treatment protocols of CTCA. Patients and their doctors have access to data relative to cost of implementation, effectiveness of treatment and possible side effects all in one location. As a result of the shared information diagnoses and treatment plans can be put into effect in a timelier manner.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a network of five hospitals throughout the United States that provides conventional cancer treatments along with integrative therapies that enhance the quality of life for patients undergoing treatment. Conventional treatments consist of radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and immunotherapy. Integrative supports help patients deal with side effects that result from treatment, such as nausea pain and depression. They receive nutritional support, spiritual support and other aids to well being as desired.
Richard J. Stephenson founded Cancer Treatment Centers of America in 1988. His mother died of cancer, and he had been very dissatisfied with the treatment options and supports available to her. It is a for profit system that has received many rewards. Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Illinois was the first CTCA. By 2012 four more centers had opened. In 2015 an international concierge office was opened in Mexico City. Patients from the Middle East, the Caribbean and Latin America also have access to the five hospitals in the United States.