• Cancer Treatment Centers of America

    Asked by BobbyG on Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Cancer Treatment Centers of America

    Well bad news today. My Interleukin 2 therapy turns out to be ineffective against my Kidney Cancer.
    I am taking the trip out to Zion Illinois to receive the the three day once over to see if they can come up with an alternate plan to my current plan. I plan to start oral medication in two weeks.

    QUESTION: Has anyone out there visited, received treatment or, knows someone who has any experience with this facility ,Please let me know what you experience was if you feel comfortable doing so?

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Bobby, I'm sorry your having to do a "redo". What is the name of the facility? You said it's in Zion Illinois, but I don't see the name of the facility. Post that here as an answer to your question and maybe someone will be able to help.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      OK, thanks Bobby, I didn't see that it was listed at the top of the question, I need to look with my "good" eye.

      over 3 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      CTCA is known for its "warm fuzzies" but its reports on outcomes are mishandled statistics. Please read this recent article, and be careful what they promise.


      I spoke with them when I was first diagnosed, and they wouldn't talk to me unless I dropped all other care, and used them 100%. Frankly, while I know of some people who have gone to CTCA, I don't know of survivors. Consider MD Anderson, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering - these are all proven medical centers with earned high reputations.

      over 3 years ago
    • Scottyt's Avatar

      My husband asked me to get on and respond. I went there after a diagnosis of precancerous cervical lesion. I'd had LEEP (outpatient surgery) and my local doc tried very hard to persuade me to have an immediate hysterectomy. I had another LEEP at CTCA and several biopsies to follow up. Obviously my situation was pretty straightforward, but I felt like they took really good care of me. My doctor admitted to being a bit over cautious with all the biopsies, but I appreciated it. Thanks to her, we have a two year old little girl who wouldn't have been possible if I hadn't insisted on the second opinion. I did talk to others with more complicated cases and never heard anything negative.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      The facility is also known as Midwestern Regional Medical Center. It is the CTCA of Illinois, I sed to work there, there, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      @abrub , wow thank you for posting that article. I am shaking my head at how CTCA cherry picks and manipulates their statistics! Almost all of their practices listed in the article are so unfair.

      I had actually heard bad things about them in the past before I was diagnosed but I couldn't remember any specific reasons why. I considered seeing them as I am not too far from one but now I am glad I never went.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde (Best Answer!)

      I called seeking information when I was first diagnosed and never followed up as all I got from them was the feeling that my money was more important to them than my health. I appreciate that health care is a money making business, but at least pretend to have the patient's needs first on your agenda. Obviously they have had some success or they wouldn't be in operation or have that enormous advertising budget, but I would consider checking out the list of centers arub lists before committing anything.

      over 3 years ago

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