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  •  I'm kind of torn (2+ / 0-)
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    about Cancer Treatment Center of America, they come off as quackish, but, anecdotally, I have several friends who went there and were pleased with the results (2 out of 3 are cured).

    MD Anderson, which is (at the moment) the top ranked cancer treatment center in America, advertises nationally.  I don't think the advertising or lack of it for a hospital is any indication of its bona fides.

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    by Noddy on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 08:59:57 AM PST

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    •  They're ok if you have no alternatives (5+ / 0-)

      in your community and if you can afford the high cost of treatment and travel.

      If you live within commuting distance of an NCI or other quality comprehensive cancer center, you're much better off utilizing those.  An important part of getting good cancer dx and treatment is having access to teams of oncology professionals, especially those who are engaged in research.  Cancer is such a complex and individualized disease that a team approach usually works best in developing treatment plans.

      Advertising in and of itself isn't a bad thing, its the type of advertising message that Cancer Treatment Centers uses that makes them suspect.  They always talk as though they are using treatments that conventional medicine doesn't use and that these are somehow better.   In fact, most cancer centers offer counseling on diet & nutrition, complementary therapies, support groups, massage & relaxation therapy, etc.  in addition to the latest standard care and clinical trials.

      It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

      by Betty Pinson on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 09:20:42 AM PST

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    •  results (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, ladybug53

      Would your friends have also been cured at any other hospital?

      •  Well, anything's possible (2+ / 0-)
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        but all three were in Stage IV cancer and had exhausted other resources.

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        by Noddy on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 01:47:35 PM PST

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        •  I thought teaching hospitals took Stage VI patient (1+ / 0-)
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          Mass General certainly does, and a friend of mine who was diagnosed with Stage IV in Pennsylvania moved twice and was able to find enough doctors to treat her that she had four good years before the disease finally overwhelmed her.

          •  "Exhausted" as in (0+ / 0-)

            they were each told they were terminal, inoperable, and had less than 3 months to live.  One did die, but the other two are still alive and have reached the stage of being considered cured.

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            by Noddy on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 06:30:10 PM PST

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            •  You mean five years or more in remission? (0+ / 0-)

              I had always heard that "remission" was the furthest doctors were willing to go when it came to cancer.  Has the terminology changed?  Now I'm curious!

              •  More than 80% (1+ / 0-)
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                of cancers are completely curable if caught early enough. Those with advanced cancer that is removed, regresses, disappears, or ceases to be cancerous are considered in remission for 5 years.  If it does not recur during those 5 years and requires no treatment during that 5 years, they are considered cured.

                Often, when it comes back after 5 years, it's not the same cancer, but a different one. There are over 100 different types of cancer and each requires a different treatment.

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                by Noddy on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 05:54:09 AM PST

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