in-patient treatment-does it exsist?

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in-patient treatment-does it exsist?

by tracyh427 on Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:00 AM

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I am a 46 year old housewife recently diagnosed with as IIB cervical cancer. What I would like to know is if a there are radiation clinics that offer to its patients onsite treatment as well as onsite counseling for cancer patients for the 5x a week 5 five week treatment program. I really don't know if I will be handle to the stress of the household along with treatment. My family is trying its best to be supportive but I would rather be around people that are facing the same fears I am. Instead of being being under the stress of people accusing me for sleeping too much. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated as my first radiation conultation is on wednesday.

Thank you,

Tracy Hodges

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by Dlynn1210 on Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 8/23/2008 tracyh427 wrote:

I am a 46 year old housewife recently diagnosed with as IIB cervical cancer. What I would like to know is if a there are radiation clinics that offer to its patients onsite treatment as well as onsite counseling for cancer patients for the 5x a week 5 five week treatment program. I really don't know if I will be handle to the stress of the household along with treatment. My family is trying its best to be supportive but I would rather be around people that are facing the same fears I am. Instead of being being under the stress of people accusing me for sleeping too much. Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated as my first radiation conultation is on wednesday.

Thank you,

Tracy Hodges

Hi Tracy

Even though I had another type of cancer, I know that the Cancer Treatment Center offers a "house" that belongs to them - the cost is $20 something (can't remember exactly how much only that it was in the $20s) a night to stay while undergoing daily treatment.  If you are looking for a place to share with others who are undergoing cancer treatments I highly recommend this place.  The entire staff is wonderful.  They make a point to remember your  name and even the cafeteria people are so compassionate.  I go back for routine check ups now and it is always like coming home when I enter those doors.  I was treatment at the Zion IL facility but I'm sure they are all like that.  The man who created the facility bought the hospital in Zion after his losing is own mother to cancer.  He knew that cancer patients deserved more than they were getting and set about to accomplish that.  I know they offer Brach Therapy as well as TOMO radiation and various chemos.  They pay to fly you into Chicago O'Hara Airport and then have one of their limos (white w/ their green logos on it) pick you up and transport you to CTCA.  Who deserves the luxury treatment more than a cancer patient.  I know one person on here said they had seen the TV ads and thought CTCA was too good to be true.  Trust me, they are what they claim to be.  On top of everything else, they are cutting edge with their treatments.  I received top notch care while there and found them to be more advanced in their thinking and actions than our local cancer center where I was diagnosed.  Many employees (including some doctors) have been through cancer so they can definitely emphatize.  I would at least give them a try for a second opinion and experience for yourself what I am talking about.  They even have cards throughout that have a fish on the front - open it up and it says you have been caught - when someone does something nice for a patient you can let them know.  I'm sure there is an incentive for the employees but I like the idea of positive reinforcement for employees - whatever it takes - and they have what it takes to make everything as easy as possible when going through treatment.  I even had a cafeteria worker come out to my table and put her arms around me and ask if she could do anything for me or get me anything.  My husband was on a business trip and I was by my self - it was an extremely bad day with the nausea and fatique.  She helped so much by her small gesture. 

I may sound like an ad for them but that is how sold I am on CTCA - how much they were with me all through treatment - and how they celebrated with me 2 weeks ago when I had a clean scan come back. 

Hope this helps somewhat.  I can emphatize with you about being somewhere 24/7 where you can stay during treatment.  I did not stay at the house only because we chose to take our two puppies with us and they couldn't stay so we stayed in a hotel.  I did tour the house and was very impressed with it - it has a community kitchen with plenty of snacks offered and a place to fix a meal if you want to.  The beds/laundry facilities, etc. are in the outlying area.  The cafeteria at the center is the best I have ever seen anywhere as they firmly believe diet is even more important to a cancer patient. 

CTCA also believes in treatment the whole body.  They do conventional treatment, immunotherapy, and alternatives (your choice what you want to partake in).  Alternatives include acupuncture, reike, tai chi, mind body, SPIRITUAL (have church services right there) - they have entertainment for patients to partake in while going through treatment (if you feel like it).  I can't say enough good about them for people who are there all the time.  We did stay 5 days a week at first and then after the 2nd week I stayed 24/7 in Zion and spent all day at the center as there was much going on that I could take part in - as well as radiation treatments 2x daily (they split it up to reduce the effects and it worked!).

Take care and hope this information helped some.

Diana

RE: in-patient treatment-does it exsist?

by Dlynn1210 on Sat Aug 23, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hi again

I just wanted to mention that you have the best of both worlds at CTCA.  You are not in patient per se which means you are not staying in a small hospital room 7 days a week which would be depressing but you are 3-4 blocks away surrounded by others going through what you are and they transport people via shuttle several times a day to the treatment center.  They do have in patient if needed which I did require twice during 3 months of treatment. 

Diana

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