Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is a company which operates cancer treatment hospitals and outpatient oncology clinics. It was started over 20 years ago by Richard Stephenson, whose mother died of cancer. He was not satisfied with the treatment options available to his mother at the time. Stephenson set out to offer cancer patients the chance to fight cancer with advanced forms of conventional medical treatments, complemented by alternative therapies.
CTCA currently has hospitals in Zion, Illinois; Tulsa, Oklahoma and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; in addition to a center in Seattle. It was recently announced that CTCA will be opening a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1996, CTCA was investigated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  for print ads it ran in the early 1990s. The investigation did not relate to patient care or to the effectiveness of any treatment. During the last 12 years, CTCA has met with the FTC periodically to review its compliance. Every time, the FTC has found CTCA to be in compliance.