I visited Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) a year ago for their first ever bloggers summit. My initiative at the summit was to learn about CTCA in general. How their hospital ran, what kind of innovative technology they used, targeted research trials, and learn about why they think patients should pick their standard of care. I emerged with a keen understanding that CTCA’s patients come first, and their cancer second. CTCA emphasizes a team approach in regards to treating the whole person, not just their cancer.
This year I’ll focus more on the similarities and differences between CTCA, MD Anderson, Johns Hopkins, and UCSF. Although I do not have a personal perspective as a patient at CTCA like I do with the other three hospitals, I’ll do my best to provide a fair analysis based on what their patient panels have to say. Many people have asked me why I did not seek an opinion from CTCA when searching for a neurosurgeon over the summer, and there are two straightforward answers. The first being that CTCA treats patients 18+, and I am just shy of 18. Secondly, CTCA is known for treating later staged cancers, and my brain tumor was still “low grade” (grade II).
Join us at the conference by watching from home: http://ctca.cancercenter.com/western-blogger-summit/
If you’re looking for updates on and off throughout the day, keep an eye on my Twitter page! @Cblotner_
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