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Cancer Treatment Centers of America(CTCA) and WebMD have come together to inform cancer patients about the treatment options available to them at CTCA. CTCA uses an integrative approach to fighting the disease. This approach addresses the patient as a whole and involves not only treating the disease but, also supports the patient’s quality of life.

The ways the patient is affected physically and emotionally are taken into account. The goal of integrative care is to minimize delays in treatment and to maximize the quality of life for the patient. Integrative care is a two-part approach. First of all, conventional treatments that fight cancer such as chemotherapy are considered. Secondly, supportive therapies such as acupuncture that address the side effects are looked into. These combine to make up the integrative care patients receive at CTCA. This is done by a group of clinicians who deliver care in four main areas. These include nutrition, pain management, oncology rehabilitation, and spiritual support.

CTCA clinicians are experts in what they do and it is all done in one facility. Every patient has a team working with them in all areas of expertise. The treatment is designed with the individual and their needs in mind. In addition, a care manager is assigned to each patient’s case in order to coordinate the care team that is treating the patient.

There are five Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospitals in the U.S. They are located in Philadelphia, Tulsa, Phoenix, Atlanta, and Chicago. They all provide leading-edge cancer treatment and utilize the integrative approach. If a patient were to choose the Atlanta hospital, which is called the Southeastern Region Medical Center, they would find that it is located 30 minutes from the Atlanta airport. It treats breast, lung, gynecologic, prostate, and colorectal cancer. It is located in Newnan, Georgia and is accredited by several top healthcare institutions.

Not only does the patient receive quality care at any CTCA hospital, support is offered through other means. CTCA has a blog that addresses issues important to patients, family, and healthcare providers. They also offer an e-newsletter called “Cancer Fighters Thrive” which features inspirational stories, healthy recipes and more. Their “Cancer Center Newsletter” also provides supportive information.

Whatever the type of support CTCA offers, its vision remains the same. They want to be known for the best care for people who have cancer that focuses on healing and hope. As described above, their integrative approach encompasses this vision.

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A cancer diagnosis can feel like a blow to any family. Patients and loved ones can feel overwhelmed beyond belief. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America they create a roadmap to provide patients and caregivers the education needed to make informed decisions as they proceed. They treat the whole patient, not just the cancer. The personalized treatment plans incorporate not only cancer fighting tools but also help with the mental, emotional and spiritual needs that they know arise for patients and families. On the cutting-edge of the latest research, Cancer Treatment Centers of America offers the standard protocols of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery but also approaches such as advanced genomic testing and immunotherapies. They offer integrated care aimed at managing the side effects of cancer treatments and educating patients to differentiate between treatment side effects and cancer advancement. Dedicated to the improvement of cancer patient experiences and outcomes, Cancer Treatment Centers of America creates a team of multidisciplinary doctors for each patient, depending on their needs.

As important as the medical side of treatment is, there are of course other concerns facing patients and loved ones. All of your medical records can be gathered ahead of time and sent to your caregivers for you. Patients are scheduled for appointments ahead of time so that delays and gaps in treatment are kept to a minimum. If needed, Cancer Treatment Centers of America has services to arrange for a patient’s travel and lodging so you can focus on getting better. There are wholesome and affordable meals served onsite for patients undergoing treatment. Support is available for caregivers, to help with their needs, as everyone navigates the journey to wellness together. This integrated care and attention to detail can help everyone involved stay focused on what really matters, beating cancer.

A recent article in the Seattle magazine poses Seattle Genetics as having a market value of nearly $10 billion and employing about 900 workers. It also expects to add another 200 employees this year. With such numbers, it is no doubt that Seattle Genetics is the largest biotech company in Washington.

The company invests a lot in research and marketing which has seen it rise the ranks into a big pharma. The company is also sitting on a goldmine with its flagship drug Adcetris.

The drug treats Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system but can spread to other organs in the body. Tests are underway and when proved positive, the sales would hit the roof.

The drug targets protein molecules that can that cause an immune system to produce antibodies. After attaching to the outside of cancer cells, it then delivers a toxin inside those cells to kill them. Scientists relate to them as “smart bombs” because of their ability to kill cancer cells and not harm the normal tissue. This method reduces potential damage to healthy cells which could be killed during chemotherapy and radiation.

There are other 11 drugs in the company’s pipeline and four of them possess a big potential to be released soon.

Seattle Genetics was founded in 1998 and its world headquarters are located in Bothell’s Cascade Business Park. Its main undertaking has been on studying, manipulating and packaging drugs. This has paid off with steady upward growth that is turning them into a world leader in medicine.

This is articulated by Clay Siegall, the chairman, president, CEO and co-founder who says that “We are an emerging global, multi-product, Oncology Company.”

It is clear that Clay Siegall is a man with a vision. In his professional life preceding Seattle Genetics, he worked with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute from 1991 to 1997. Before that he worked at the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health from 1988 to 1991. Siegall has a PhD in Genetics from George Washington University and a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Maryland.

His focus on cancer has seen him become a member of the Board of Directors at Alder BioPharmaceuticals, a private biotechnology company. In his quest to find a cure for cancer, Siegall says his company is making big strides. His passion is in what he does and states, “I love making drugs. But it’s not easy. It has never been easy. I see the goal but try not to get caught in the ups and downs.”

To achieve such heights of success in a company only 18 years old, Paul is quick to point out that he imitates and admires one Art Levinson. He was one of the founders at Genentech and is currently the chairman of Apple Inc.