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CTCA was posted 02/01/2007 12:41 am by Anonymous
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They actually have a lot going for them if you have PPO insurance that's really good. If you are on medicare or have an HMO, don't bother calling them.

If the patient is operable, go elsewhere to surgeons who do a lot of pancreatic cancer surgeries. When I inquired about possible surgery for my spouse at their location in Illinois, they kept telling me how wonderful their surgeon was, without giving me specifics on how many whipples this 'genius' does.

Stay away from them if the patient needs a whipple or a distal. It's great that their surgeon is a talented guy, but you need a specialist who does a LOT of pancreatic cancer surgery.

As for their philosophy, if the patient is inoperable, it's probably one of the best places to go for treatment of the 'whole person'. They have a reputation for mind-body-spirit type of treatments.

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