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Melissa Shares Why It Is Important Where One Receives Cancer Treatment (VIDEO)

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Melissa Shares Why It Is Important Where One Receives Cancer Treatment (VIDEO)
Melissa Shares Why It Is Important Where One Receives Cancer Treatment (VIDEO)
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Michelle King Robson asks Melissa why it was important where she received her lung cancer treatment and how Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) has made a difference.

Michelle King Robson:
Melissa, you have been to, been treated by many different facilities and hospitals, what do you think, what was the difference for you in the course of treatment?

Where I am treated at or where a patient is treated at is extremely important because you want to make sure that you are in communication with your doctors. You want to be able to trust them and I am going to give you an example. Where I am being treated at right now at the Cancer Treatment Centers, the difference in communication is night and day compared to some of the places that I was at before.

The Cancer Treatment Centers they have meetings where they will have each particular doctor, the naturopath, the mind-body spirit guide, the oncologist, the internal medicine doctor, they will meet on your particular case and talk about each particular aspect and how they can improve on that and then what they have done, that would be and what they plan to do for the next week so that everybody’s on the same page. Whereas some of the places that I was at before, they would go off of just one paper chart and most of the time the doctors wouldn’t even read it. So, you know, that’s a huge, huge thing for me, was the communication level.

You know, another thing is that you want to make sure that your doctor has a good, how do I say this, maybe a good bedside manner for you.

Michelle King Robson:
Sure, the chemistry.

Yes, a good chemistry, and when you are interviewing a doctor or group you want to, it’s almost like interviewing for a nanny to watch your children, something like that because this is somebody that you are really trusting your life with.

I mean these people are going to be making the decisions for you, which chemo you are going to be on, where you are going to be heading, and you really need to make sure that the chemistry that you have with them is good. Otherwise, you know, there’s going to be conflict down the road and I found that out the hard way.

You know, sometimes the third time is a charm, so, I think, especially going to CTCA, I really feel like I have a good chemistry with every single person there that is handling my care. If I have an ailment or an issue I can, you know, call each person and talk to about. And one of the biggest things at CTCA, and I know some of the other hospitals have this, but I don’t know if they have the level of this particular care, but CTCA has what they call a patient coordinator. And the patient coordinator is really almost like your, your buddy and they are to bring, walk you through the process no matter what happens.

So today, for example, I had to call my care manager and tell her, “Hey, I am having back pain what should I do?” And she said, “Okay, go in the internal medicine clinic and go talk to this doctor.” And she is the one that is responsible for your care and it’s nice to have somebody that you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

And if your care manager isn’t on shift they have somebody that can, that’s on call for them so there’s always somebody there on the other end of the line to talk to.

Michelle King Robson:
So it’s more like a team effort and she is like, he or she is like the quarterback, almost, for you.

Yes, absolutely.

Michelle King Robson:
Then they send you here and throw the ball over to the 20 yard line, then you’re go to internal medicine doctor and figure out why your back is hurting, and so there’s that overall coordination that goes on.

And that, you said it earlier that it was pretty disjointed in other facilities that you went to. That there was no communication between the doctors at all and you ended up with a tremendous amount of medication. And I think part of that probably, and I don’t want to speak for you, but part of it probably is the fact that they weren't communicating. And each doctor is kind of treating the symptom and trying to treat the disease or condition, but they are not looking at the overall picture.


Michelle King Robson:
And CTCA or Cancer Treatment Centers of America, who we happen to be familiar with, they have quite a different approach.

Absolutely, and looking at the whole picture is, I mean, extremely important because fighting the cancer is just one aspect of it. A lot of times patients actually get sick from something totally different, there can be pneumonia, a cold and those sorts of things and CTCA, they really look at the holistic portion when they say, “Okay, your immune system is down. We need to help build your immune system by making sure that you have the right nourishment, this vitamin, this vitamin, this vitamin.”

Or, “You know what, maybe your mental state of mind isn’t, you know, where it should be and you need help staying positive.” And because everybody has a bad day, I have had my fair share of bad days, and it’s nice to know that there’s, you know, a doctor there that you can talk to that can help guide you to make sure that you are staying on the right path because the mind has such a strong impact over your body.

Michelle King Robson:
Boy, does it.

Yeah, so I think that’s, that’s extremely important.

Michelle King Robson:
A lot of it is the positive attitude and I think too, did you ever think that there would be a place like Cancer Treatment Centers of America or when you heard that, did you think, oh, it sounds good--almost too good to be true.

Absolutely, yeah, it definitely sounded a little too good to be true. I wondered, “Okay, well if they are focused on all of these other aspects, can they really be good at everything? I don’t know. I don’t think so,” but really after experiencing it, they truly are and I think it’s great that they have, you know, different doctors specializing around different things. They can each, each help you in their particular areas, so.

Michelle King Robson:
Good, well I am glad that you found the right place for you.


Hi, I am Melissa Waller and I was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2009. If you have any questions or would like to talk to me online, feel free to visit my website www.themelissawaller.com.

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