The American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) has published a cover story on the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in its August issue of ACA News magazine. CTCA is considered by many to be a pioneer in integrative care, incorporating chiropractic services and other supportive therapies into its advanced, evidenced-based cancer treatments. CTCA runs five regional hospitals and at each one chiropractic physicians work on teams alongside surgeons and oncologists to support cancer patients during their treatment.
The facilities’ patient-centered approach is based on the notion of how the doctors there would want their own mothers ones treated? The mother of CTCA’s founder, Richard J. Stephenson, died of cancer and Stephenson afterward wished that her treatment had been more focused on providing comprehensive care in addition to the advanced treatment options the disease dictated.
In large part due to patient demand, chiropractic physicians joined CTCA’s staff 10 years ago, at a time when many in the medical community still downplayed its value. But CTCA enabled its hospitals to provide genuinely comprehensive, integrated treatment without the patient having to ever leave the facility. For example, if a patient develops a headache or migraine caused by a new chemotherapy drug, their treatment team might suggest the patient try a chiropractic adjustment instead of just changing to another medication.
Jeffrey Sklar, DC, eastern regional director in the department of chiropractic at CTCA points out that the practitioners at the facilities are not treating cancer but they are treating patients battling cancer as part of whole-person care.
CTCA’s unique and innovative model proved groundbreaking and has influenced the way oncologists, surgeons, and other medical clinicians around the country approach treating cancer patients. Whole-person cancer treatment set within a compassionate, nurturing environment—known at the CTCA facilities as the Mother Standard of Care—successfully gives patients a strong support system that is so important during treatment.
ACA president and Doctor of Chiropractic Keith Overland says he applauds CTCA for its dedication to treating the whole patient by offering therapy designed to address the often brutal side-effects of cancer treatments as well as the disease itself. Overland says it is obvious this integrated approach is having a distinct positive impact on the patient’s quality of life during their battle against the disease.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America was founded in 1988 and currently has five hospitals in Atlanta, Phoenix, Chicago, Tulsa, and Philadelphia and has a clinic in Seattle. The article in ACA News also discusses CTCA’s important support for the chiropractic profession as a whole.