Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a private operator of cancer treatment hospitals and outpatient clinics which provide both conventional and alternative medical treatments.. CTCA has four hospitals in the United States: Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Illinois, Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, and Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear, Arizona. An outpatient oncology clinic, Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center, is located in Seattle, Washington.

CTCA was founded in 1988 by Richard J Stephenson after his mother lost her battle with cancer. Stephenson was unsatisfied with the treatment options available to his mother and opened the first CTCA hospital with the mission of changing the face of cancer
The first hospital to open was Midwestern Regional Medical Center in northern Illinois.

Traditional cancer treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and stem cell transplants are offered at CTCA . Nutritional support, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine, spiritual counseling, and other complementary and alternative therapies are also available. CTCA promotes a model of integrating traditional treatments with complementary therapies.

CTCA advertises itself as the home of integrative and compassionate cancer care under the motto: "We never stop searching for and providing powerful and innovative therapies to heal the whole person, improve quality of life and restore hope

Cancer Treatment Centers of America was the subject of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint in 1993. The FTC alleged that CTCA made false claims regarding the success rates of certain cancer treatments in their promotional materials. This claim was settled in March 1996, requiring CTCA to discontinue use of any unsubstantiated claims in their advertising. CTCA is also required to have proven, scientific evidence for all statements regarding the safety, success rates, endorsements, and benefits of their cancer treatments. CTCA was also required to follow various steps in order to report compliance to the FTC per the settlement.

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