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    Cancer Centers of America???

    Hi!! Has anyone had any experience with the Cancer Centers of America? I see the ads on TV all the time, where people claim that they had no hope of getting better until they went there... My friend has stage 4 rectal cancer, which has spread to his liver, stomach, lungs and 2 lymphnodes. He is on round 12 of chemo and so far the chemo has stopped the cancer from growing, but has not improved it. The hope is that he can live like this for another year, if it doesn't get worse. Scan is next week to determine what happens next. Just wondering if we are missing something... let me know if you've heard of anyone going there, or have any info... Thanks so much! Keep the Faith!!

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    Hi there kgc. Cancer Centers of America is simply a chain of for profit cancer treatment centers in the United States. I would not trust in or believe their advertisments as, like most, it is designed to bring you to them in order to generate revenue. I am not saying they are bad but this wikiedia article will provide some background: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancer_...ers_of_America

    I would think a good next step would be to contact an National Cancer Institute certified cancer center to have your friend assessed for additonal treatments or a clinical trial if he is so inclined. That, in my opinion, would present the highest likihood of extending life and ensuring that nothing is missed.

    Good luck to you both, here is the link: http://cancercenters.cancer.gov/

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    Quite frankly I wouldn't get too tied up in the "for profit" or "non profit" labels and have heard some good things about these places. I wish we had at least checked into them further, because we went to many of the leading hospitals and cancer centers in the U.S. and came away with very mixed feelings and ultimately underwhelmed. I can't say for certain and no offense Kermica but do not necessarily agree that they are just "in it for the money," at least no more or less than any other cancer center.

    I would check them out, just do it with your eyes wide open.

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    Love the quote... love it. thank you...

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    thank you joe7!!

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    You're very welcome. Best

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    cancer treatments centers

    i spoke to someone there and she was very nice but they only except a few medicare patients a month. 1 of my doctors said to be careful because since they are do not get any goverment funding i would be responsible for anything medicare didn't cover, which can add up fast. I didn't go for that reason.

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    I called them also, the facility I called did not accept any Medicare patients. Even though I can understand that the payments from Medicare can be low, I feel that a healthcare organization should not ignore a whole patient pool of the older folks. What does that say about the organization?

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    It says that they are about making profits, not helping people...
    When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
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    Age 64
    Follicular lymphoma diagnosed August 08, Stage 1
    2 cycles (20 treatments each) localized radiation to tumor sites. Remission confirmed July 09
    Restaged to Stage 3 May 2010
    Recurrence confirmed May 2010 - Watch and Wait commenced - multiple scans with minimal progression.
    Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma diagnosed September 2012. Mohs surgical excision 09/2012. Successful, clean edges all around.
    Significant progression detected in PET scan - December 2012
    Biopsy to check for transformation 1/18/2013 - negative for that but full of lymphoma, of course.
    July 2013 - Rescan due to progression shows one tumor (among many) very suspect for transformation, another biopsy 8/12/13.
    August 2013 - No evidence of transformation, 6 courses of B+R commence 8/29 due to "extensive, systemic disease".
    February 2014 - Diagnostic PET scan states: Negative PET scan. Previous noted hypermetabolic cervical, axillary, iliac and inguinal lymphadenopathy has resolved. Doctor confirms full remission.
    June 2014 - started 2 year maintenance Rituxin, 1 infusion every 3 months. Doctor confirms lump under right arm are "suspicious" for recurrent disease, deferring scans for now.
    February 2015 - Doc and I agreed to stop R maintenance as it is depressing my immune system too much. Also found two eye lesions and have to see an ocular plastic surgeon for removal and biopsy in March. Also referred to pulmonary specialist for ongoing lung issues, possibly related to immune system problems.

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    Again I question that they are any more or less "in it for the money" than any other cancer center. At least I have not seen/heard/read anything credible that leaves me to believe so. Good luck getting MD Anderson (etc etc etc) to accept "low payments." I also don't think age has anything to do with it. If anything, I would think on avg older patients would be in better financial shape and have better coverage than younger people.

 

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