• Has anyone used Cancer Treatment Center of America? I have a consult there coming up. I saw a great Dr. At Dan-Farber in Boston this morning

    Asked by sszafar29 on Friday, October 26, 2012

    Has anyone used Cancer Treatment Center of America? I have a consult there coming up. I saw a great Dr. At Dan-Farber in Boston this morning

    He gave me some more drug names that are available It was a good day for hope.

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    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      I don't have experience with either CTCA or Dana-Farber, but I might be able to provide a little insight. CTCA is a for-profit chain of treatment centers with the claimed goal of providing advanced cancer treatment. I don't know how well they attain that goal. From what little I can gather, they offer average to good treatment--maybe excellent.

      Dana-Farber is in an entirely different category. They are one of the best cancer research centers in the country. There are only a few places that equal (I don't pick "bests" in this sort of thing) their reputation--places like MD Anderson in Houston, The Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, etc. I know there are others but I'll stop there. These are the places where the major breakthroughs happen. Places like CTCA use their research. If you need, or want, the very latest in treatments or wish to engage in clinical trials of drugs that aren't generally available, then these are the places you go to.

      For most of us, the treatment at our local hospitals and treatment centers is good and doesn't require us to travel to Boston, etc. The personal attention we get can be significantly greater than at one of the major centers. We get the same drugs--except for the experimental stuff. We might keep an ear to the ground for news coming from the major centers. Dana-Farber's Bing Center for WM announced a major breakthrough in understanding WM last year which offers a real hope for a cure of my, currently, incurable cancer. The Mayo Clinic is conducting clinical trials of an alternative to Rituxan which I might need in a few years.

      almost 5 years ago
    • sszafar29's Avatar
      sszafar29

      Hi Harry, Well I lost all faith with my drs,at home. They missed a scan in August,after I complained of stomach issues, and now it has spread. So, I am being very pro-active,in what next happens. There is a trial in Boston,which is only 65 min from my home,so I have some desicions to make.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      I certainly encourage you to be proactive--if that is your style. Some don't like it, but if you really want to take charge of your own treatment, learn all you can and go for it. And, yes, if Dana-Farber is doing a clinical trial that is appropriate for you then you can't ask for better treatment. I'd do it under the circumstances.

      almost 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT magazine does a list every year on the top 100 cancer hospitals in the US. CTCA has not made that list in the last few years. Dana-Farber is a great hospital with an inpeccable reputation. I am a nurse who has worked at CTCA and I can only speak from what I have seen, I would go to Dana Farber. You have to do what is best for you but if a hospital cant make that list....that speaks volumes.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar
      Carol-Charlie

      I've heard nothing but good things about them. Living here in Minnesota, we have the Mayo Clinic 40 miles away. They're, of course, excellent too. However, when I was diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer, I was told I needed a Gynicologic Oncologist Surgeon. There were only six in the state.. Two at Mayo, Two at the UofM and Two at Minneapolis Oncology Clinic. I went to the last one. Since this was the most recent 'specialty' he knew all the latest treatments, etc. I remember I looked at him and immediately thought of Doogie Houser, MD on TV. I know that I had asked God to lead me to where He wanted me to be. He did, this young man operated and removed (it turned out) ALL my cancer. It had spread to my intestines and euretha along with having a 39lb tumor of a right ovariey!!! Then just to be sure... we did two years of chemo to catch any stray cells wanting to take me away from my Tom and our kids. That was Early 2006. We did another PET CT Scan Wed..... Came back cancer free. God has greatly blessed me.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Chocolatenator's Avatar
      Chocolatenator

      Dana Farber is the best! They are so knowledgable. Their doctors and nurses are the compassionate. When I received my cancer diagnosis I started at an outside hospital in ri. My case was complex. I was dx w cervical cancer however I am a kidney transplant pt. I was told at the outside hospital I would lose my kidney. Went to DFCI for a second opinion. I was matched with the best doctor who consulted w her colleagues and the remapped my whole radiation scheme. To make a long story short DFCI saved me and my kidney. I have been cancer free for 18 months.

      almost 5 years ago
    • sszafar29's Avatar
      sszafar29

      Thanks for all the answers. It seems Dana-Farber,is by far the best,according to the answers. I am already scheduled for 11-6-12 out to Chicago,so I guess another opinion can't hurt. I am a lot more positive since hearing from you all. Thanks! God Bless us all.

      almost 5 years ago
    • mgm48's Avatar
      mgm48

      No experience but if you have to advertise constantly and scream about how different you are, are you trying to convince the public or yourself? Besides I have yet to see their name on the clinicaltrials.gov site. So much for innovative.

      Keep it positive and smile :)

      almost 5 years ago

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