At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), physicians now have access to the Clinical Pathways program, which presents all viable treatment options for patients to review and discuss with their oncologist. Patients have access to clinical data, response rate and the quality of life that they should expect during each treatment option, which gives them the knowledge to participate in their care.
In addition, the Clinical Pathways platform aggregates all available treatments for all cancers reviewed by oncologists and oncology nurses, who assist physicians in keeping up-to-date with the latest advances in evidence-based cancer therapies.
As stated in the article, “Cancer Treatment Centers of America® Partners with Allscripts and NantHealth to Launch Clinical Pathways, a Comprehensive and Custom Oncology Treatment Platform,” CTCA consists of five non-profit hospitals in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa that serve adults with cancer who seek mainstream treatments and supportive services to deal with the side effects of treatment. The hospitals are known for encouraging patients to actively participate in deciding which treatment options to pursue.
Richard Stephenson founded the Cancer Treatment Centers of America after being unhappy with the options at cancer hospitals. Stephenson’s mom had cancer and he was seeking comprehensive care for her, which he could not find. He and his family decided to open the first Cancer Treatment Center in 1988, where they offered the latest in cancer treatment along with physical and emotional integrated support services. Patients at the CTCA are assigned a team, led by an oncologist, but also consisting of a mind-body therapist, a nutritionist and a Naturopathic clinician. People travel from all over the world to have treatment at one of the CTCA hospitals, drawn by the organization’s reputation of providing excellent patient experiences.
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