• Metastasized Prostate Cancer

    Asked by reigelsberger on Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Metastasized Prostate Cancer

    Has anyone had any experience with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America? At least they don’t just go by the book & when the book says it’s over, they close it. From what I hear, they are on the cutting edge of several new treatments & your not treated as a group, but as an individual!!

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    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      We have a friend of a friend.who was treated at CTCA years ago for prostate cancer. I do not know how advanced his cancer was, but he is still running around and doing well to all outward appearances. My brother in-law was treated here in California for advanced prostate cancer. He traveled to Southern California and Nevada seeing several doctors and discussing different options. He received his treatments and just celebrated his five year survivorship. CTCA was not an option for my brother in-law since they do not take Medicare. Do your research, talk to several specialists, know all your options, then choose the best fit for you.

      7 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I have a friend with stage IV lung cancer who is literally a poster girl for the one in Oklahoma. Her doctors prior to going to CTCA had more or less given up on her and that was 5 or 6 years ago.

      I had the same experience, but I went to a NCI-designated cancer center instead of CTCA. Before deciding, you might want to see what research centers are near you ... or, if travel is no option, check out MD Anderson and/or Memorial Sloan Kettering ... among MANY state-of-the-art facilities where you will also receive excellent care.

      I think CTCA is probably a fine place to go. They are expensive and won't take people on Medicare so you need good insurance to qualify to go there.

      7 months ago
    • Scoofer's Avatar
      Scoofer

      CTCA flew me out to their facility near Phoenix Arizona for a second opinion in December of 2015. I had already had my prostate removed in my home state of California and the pathology report from my biopsy confirmed that my cancer was aggressive (Gleason 9). They wanted to give me radiation if possible but MRI’s revealed what they expected was metastatic cancer in my pelvis and spine. To confirm these were Mets from my prostate and not something else they took a biopsy of my bone and grew a culture proving it was, in fact, Mets from my prostate. They informed me radiation was no longer a curative option and I would need systemic treatment. They also informed me they would endeavor to do everything they could to prolong my days and give me the best quality of life possible, but that my cancer was incurable at this stage. This was all done in such a patient-centric way with a lot of care and concern that I chose to have CTCA handle my care from then on. They have been extremely generous to me and my family by accepting my in-network deductible as the cap for payment even though I am out-of-network. They have also made deals with pharmaceutical companies to have them provide expensive drug protocols to me at no expense other than the administration of those medicines. They prescribe to National Comprehensive Cancer Network standards so the services they offer are the same as what you’d get at any of the “name recognized” cancer hospitals. Anecdotes from other patients who’ve earlier sought treatment elsewhere reveal they prefer the way the doctors and nurses interact with them at CTCA. I highly recommend This organization. Call them to see if they can work with your insurance carrier.

      7 months ago
    • eljay's Avatar
      eljay

      I have not had experience with them but read this to hear some experiences.

      7 months ago

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