Options, Support and Hope
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Is a Different Kind of Cancer Hospital
t“They took me by the hand. They treated me like family... If you come here, you can rest assured they’re going to be with you every step of the way... You have hope at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.”
Breast cancer survivor Phyllis Ellis of Bloomfield, N.J., is feeling great and enjoying
life three years after undergoing a lumpectomy at Cancer Treatment Centers of America
(CTCA) in Philadelphia. Told by surgeons at two New York hospitals her only option was
a mastectomy, she decided to seek a third opinion at CTCA.
Like Phyllis, cancer patients across the U.S. are finding a warm welcome, a nurturing
environment and the most advanced multidisciplinary cancer care at CTCA. They’re
finding expert cancer specialists, the latest diagnostic and radiation therapy technologies,
and supportive therapies like nutrition counseling, naturopathic medicine and massage
– all under one roof.
“Cancer Treatment Centers of America
replaced all my fears with hope,” says JJ
Santoro. “They put me in the arms of a team
that found more in three days than my other
doctors did in seven months. They came up
with a game plan to fight my cancer with
me, and I decided to go for it.” Diagnosed
with aggressive prostate cancer, JJ had
been advised by a physician in his home
state of Massachusetts to get his affairs
in order. Today, two years later, he feels
“At CTCA, we treat the whole person, not
just the cancer,” says John McNeil, CEO of CTCA in Philadelphia. “We’re committed to
giving patients every option to beat their cancer and improve their quality of life.”
“When I went to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, it was like they rolled out an invisible red carpet just for me.” – Phyllis Ellis, breast cancer survivor. This photo was taken right before she shared her story on camera.
From left: Dr. Willis, Medical Oncologist; Dr. Standiford, Chief of Staff and Chief of
Surgery, Dr. Fisher, Anesthesiologist, in one of three weekly meetings to discuss all
patients in the hospital.
Soon, CTCA in Philadelphia will be
home to a revolutionary treatment option
called intra-operative radiation therapy
(IORT) using the Novac7 during surgery
that allows doctors to treat tumor sites with
radiation. CTCA will be the first in the
region to offer this technology.
With the addition of this exciting new
treatment option early next year, many
patients with breast cancer and various
other forms of the disease will be able to
replace the usual six weeks of radiation
therapy following their surgery.
“Patients will be spared both the side
effects of ongoing radiation therapy and
the inconvenience of having to come to
the hospital every day for six weeks,”
McNeil says. “Many patients have told us
these were real problems for them, and
“At CTCA, they have treatment options
you may not even know exist,” says JJ. “And
the environment here is phenomenal.”
For more information about CTCA,
please call 800-333-CTCA
or visit www.cancercenter.com.