Cancer Treatments Centers of America in Tulsa, Tulsa, United States


Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tulsa, Oklahoma

Welcome to Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa

It has been more than 25 years since Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) has been serving cancer patients throughout the central United States. CTCA was founded in 1988 by Richard J Stephenson, in honor of his mother, who lost her battle with cancer in 1982. His goal was to create a better experience for cancer patients, one that would empower them to participate in their treatment and Stephenson’s commitment to the Mother Standard® quickly became the organization's guiding principle. The Mother Standard® reflects how the CTCA employees would want their mothers, fathers, brothers or sisters to be treated if they had cancer.


CTCA opened its second hospital, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 7, 1990. This center, located in the CityPlex Towers, quickly became a premier center of hope and healing in the Southwest. On April 29, 2005, CTCA opened a brand new, state-of-the-art Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa, which is now Oklahoma's only major hospital totally focused on treating cancer.

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More than 100 CTCA cancer patients, along with their family members and caregivers, were involved in the design of Southwestern Regional Medical Center, making suggestions on almost every detail of the hospital's creation. CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center was granted approval by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons in April 2006, recognizing the hospital as "offering the very best in cancer care."

The focus of the medical team is not only to help patients fight cancer, but to make sure that patients are comfortable during their treatment. Besides the cancer treatment, the patient will be also offered other therapies such as naturopathic medicine, nutrition, rehabilitation and pain management.

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One-Day Second Opinion

Getting a second opinion can help you decide the right cancer treatment for your needs. Many of us face time constraints, and fitting another appointment into your busy work or home life can be challenging.

We will make every effort to provide you with a comprehensive evaluation on a timeline that works for you. An initial evaluation typically takes three to five days. To better accommodate your schedule, our hospital may be able to offer a one-day second opinion consultation.

Many factors determine how long a second opinion evaluation takes. During the evaluation, a dedicated team of oncologists, nurses, dietitians and other cancer experts work with you to review your medical history, diagnostic tests and treatment status. We may also use additional state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to further evaluate the disease. Using all this information, we then develop your personalized, integrated treatment plan.

While a comprehensive evaluation typically takes a few days, our hospital may be able to provide a one-day second opinion consultation in certain circumstances. When you contact us for a second opinion, we will speak with you about your individual situation and needs. The option of a one-day second opinion will be based on your schedule, medical needs and our clinical team’s ability to provide a thorough evaluation in the designated time.


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  • Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Hematologic Oncology
  • Interventional Pulmonology
  • Interventional Radioogy
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology & Imaging
  • Skin, Wound & Ostomy Care
  • Surgical Oncology

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Integrative Oncology Services

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Mind-Body Medicine
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Oncology Rehabilitation
  • Pain Management
  • Spiritual Support


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Why choose Southwestern Regional Medical Center - Tulsa, Oklahoma

  • Experienced and dedicated cancer experts
  • Comprehensive cancer treatment
  • One-day second opinion consultations
  • Various patient services and amenities
  • Integrative oncology services
  • Joint Commission and other accreditations


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Concierge service is an information station for the hospital. Our Concierge welcomes guests and offers assistance in directing them to the right location.


Activities and classes

Throughout your treatment, we offer activities such as arts and crafts, knitting, sewing and cooking. The Education Department also holds classes on various cancer-related topics. We also host other after-hours activities, such as ice cream socials, Bingo night, game nights and presentations by authors of books on cancer-related topics. Our activity room offers a big-screen TV, where a movie night is held each week. In our second activity room, you can unwind and play a game of pool.


If you decide to travel to CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) for treatment, our Transportation Department works closely with our travel schedulers to make your trip as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Outpatient accommodations

If you are visiting CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center from outside of Tulsa, we can help arrange your lodging during treatment. Since most of our patients (about 70 percent) travel to our hospital from out of town, we have a team in place to help with these details.

Culinary services

We recognize how important maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet is to the healing process. We also understand that your appetite and tastes may change during cancer treatment. The culinary team at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) provides healthful, specially prepared meals to suit your culinary desires and selective tastes.

Fitness center

During your visit to CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, you and your caregivers (ages 18 years and older) can access the hospital's state-of-the-art Fitness Center to improve your well-being and relieve stress.

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You deserve total care and support as you fight cancer. We understand that hair loss, and other changes to the skin and body, can be upsetting side effects of cancer and its treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Childcare / Children's Program

To serve the needs of patients who have children, CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) developed the Children of Our Patients Program. The program provides psychosocial resources and tools, age-appropriate activities, support groups and childcare to help reduce patient stress during treatment and improve quality of care.

Cancer Fighters®

You will also be able to become an active member of the Cancer Fighters® Program at CTCA. This popular program keeps patients who receive care at CTCA hospitals and facilities in touch with each other through an extensive online community, local events, regular updates and a quarterly magazine.


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Treatments and Procedures
2D echocardiogram
3D conformal radiation
3D CT angiography
Abdomen biopsy
Abdominal fluid biopsy
Abscess drainage and fluid collection management
Accelerated partial breast irradiation
Advanced directives and/or living wills assistance
Airway stent removal, modification and maintenance (for stents placed by previous physicians)
All digital: Portable fluoroscopy and X-rays
Allogeneic stem cell transplant
Anatomical landmark-guided procedures
Angiography with 3D CT
Animal assisted therapy (pet therapy)
Anterior and posterior colporrhaphy
Argon plasma coagulation (APC)
Arterial infusion catheter placement
Auricular acupressure
Autofluorescence bronchoscopy / fluorescence bronchoscopy
Autologous fat grafting (breast reconstruction)
Autologous stem cell transplant
Balloon bronchoplasty
Balloon bronchoscopy
Barium swallow or enema
Bible study and help groups
Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO)
Biliary drainage (internal / external stent placement)
Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA)
Biological therapy
Bland tumor embolization
Blocks of somatic and visceral cancer pain syndromes
Blood tests
Bone and soft tissue biopsy
Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy
Bone marrow biopsy
Bone marrow transplant
Bone scan
Borg rating of perceived exertion (RPE)
Botanical medicine
Bowel resection
Brain surgery
Breast biopsy
Breast conservation
Breast ductography
Breast needle localization
Breast reconstruction
Breast surgery
Computer-aided detection (CAD) for mammography
Calypso 4D Localization System
Capsule endoscopy
Cardiopulmonary services
Cavitron ultrasonic surgical aspiration / sonipet
Celiac plexus neurolysis (CPN) / celiac plexus block
CellSearch circulating tumor cell (CTC) test
Cervical and uterine brachytherapy
Chemotherapy resistance testing
Chest biopsy
Chest tube placement
Chest x-ray
Chiropractic care
Cognitive reframing
Colectomy (colon resection)
Colon resection
Colorectal surgeries
Complete blood count (CBC) test
Computed tomography scan (CT scan)
Computerized diet profile
Cone biopsy / loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP)
Continuous infusion chemotherapy
Counseling (individual, couple, family)
CT bone density
CT fluoroscopy
CT respiratory gating
CT-guided biopsy
CyberKnife VSI Robotic Radiosurgery System
Cystoscopy surgical procedures
Cytoreductive surgery
da Vinci Surgical System
Debulking (cytoreductive) surgery
Deep tissue hyperthermia
Detoxification therapy
Dexa scan (bone density scan)
Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program
Diagnostic and interventional multi-detector CT
Diagnostic / staging surgery
Diaphragm surgery
Dietary supplements / nutritional supplements
Dilation and/or stent placement to relieve obstructions
Discovery PET/CT 600 scanner
Drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts
Facet joint injections
Family consultations
Fat grafting (breast reconstruction)
Feeding tube placement
Fertility-sparing procedures
Fiducial marker placement
Fine needle aspiration (FNA)
Flexibility Program
Flexible bronchoscopy & rigid ventilating bronchoscopy
Flexible sigmoidoscopy
Flow cytometry
Fluorescence bronchoscopy
Forgiveness Program
Fractionated-dose chemotherapy
Full-field digital mammography
Gamma Knife
Gastrectomy (subtotal, total)
Gastrointestinal (GI) procedures (esophagus, stomach, small and large bowel, rectum/anus)
GE 16-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner
GE Discovery PET/CT 600 scanner
GE Interventional Radiology (IR) Suite
Genetic testing
Genomic tumor assessment
Grief and bereavement counseling and referral
Electrocardiogram (EKG)
Emobolization venography
Endobronchial brachytherapy
Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
Endobronchial valve
Endocrine surgery
Endometrial biopsy
Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
Enteral nutrition
Environmental medicine
Epidural steriod injection
Epidural steroid blocks (caudal,
lumbar, thoracic, cervical)
Epidural / intraspinal catheters
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
Esophageal variceal banding
Excisions / resections
External beam radiation therapy (EBRT)
ICU / critical care ultrasound
Image enhancement
Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
Indirect calorimetry test
Indwelling pleural catheter
Infectious disease consultation & management (in-house)
Inguinal lymphadenectomy
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
Intensive care unit (ICU)
Intra-arterial chemotherapy (IAC)
Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)
Intraoperative ultrasound
Intraperitoneal chemotherapy (IPC)
Intrathecal chemotherapy
Intratumoral chemotherapy
Intravenous chemotherapy
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement
HAST testing-high altitude simulation studies
Head and neck surgery
Hematologic oncology
Hematologic surgery
Hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation
Hemorrhoid banding
Hemorrhoid treatment
Hepatic chemoembolization
High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy
Hormone therapy
Humor therapy
Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)
Laboratory blood analysis (nutrition panel, including iron, Vitamin D, prealbumin)
Laparoscopic colon resection
Laparoscopic hysterectomy
Laparoscopic liver resection
Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy (LRN)
Laparoscopic salpingo-oophorectomy
Laparoscopic surgery
Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy
Large bore CT scanner / RT with simulation
Laughter therapy
LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) / cone biopsy
Liver function tests
Liver resection
Local chemotherapy
Local hyperthermia
Low level energy laser therapy
Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
Lung biopsy
Lung capacity studies
Lung nodule analysis
Lymph node biopsy
resonance imaging (MRI)
Maintenance chemotherapy
Mammaprint+Blueprint Test
Mammography suite
MammoSite Radiation Therapy System (RTS)
Manual therapy (massage)
Medical pleuroscopy
Melanoma surgery
Metronomic chemotherapy
Microwave ablation
Mind-body medicine
Minimally invasive surgery
Minor and major joint and bursa injections
Miraluma breast imaging
Monoclonal antibody therapy
Movement therapy
MR computer-aided detection (CAD)
MR computer-aided detection (CAD) for mammography
MRI-guided breast biopsy
Multiple-gated acquisition (MUGA) scan
Multidetector CT scanner
Multiple lymph node biopsy
Multi-slice CT scan
Naturopathic medicine
Navigational bronchoscopy
Nephrectomy (partial or radical)
Nephrostomy drainage (external and/or internal)
Nerve block
Nerve Injections
Nerve root block
Nerve stimulation devices
Neuromuscular re-education with electrical stimulation
Nitrogen balance test
NovoTTFTM-100A System
Nuclear medicine bone scans
Nuclear medicine imaging
Oncology rehabilitation
Oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery
Oncotype DX Test
Orthopedic oncology
Pain management
Pancreas resection
Pap test
Partial hepatectomy
Patient-controlled epidural (PCEA) pump
Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) Pain Pump
PCA3 (Prostate Cancer Antigen 3) gene testing
PDT with cold laser tumor-specific tissue destruction
Pelvic exam
Pelvic extenteration
Pelvis biopsy
Percutaneous gastrostomy / gastrojejunostomy
Percutaneous image-guided biopsy
Percutaneous nephrostomy / nephrostomy drainage
Percutaneous nephroureteral stenting
Peripheral & central somatic nerve and plexus blocks
Peripheral blood stem cell transplant
Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) placement
Positron emission tomography scan (PET scan)
Pet therapy (animal assisted therapy)
PET / CT and molecular imaging
PET/CT scan
Pharmacological pain control
Photodynamic therapy
Physical therapy
PICC lines
Pleurx tunneled pleural catheter insertion
Portal vein embolization
Prostate surgery
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test
ProstaVysion (genetic test)
Protectomy (rectum resection)
Provenge (for prostate cancer)
Psycho-Educational Groups
Pulmonary function testing (PFT)
Radiation for bone pain
Radiation therapy
Radical hysterectomy
Radical ovarian carcinoma surgeries
Radical vulvectomy
Radioactive protectants
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
Radiofrequency ablative procedures
Radioiodine ablation
Reconstructive microsurgery
Reconstructive surgery
Rectum resection (protectomy)
Respiratory gating
Respiratory therapy medical directorship
Rigid ventilating bronchoscopy & flexible bronchoscopy
Robotic radiosurgery
Robotic surgery
Sarcoma surgery (soft tissue)
Scar tissue manipulation
Sentinel lymph node biopsy
Sentinel lymph node mapping and imaging
Shunt placement
Siemens / ACUSON S2000TM ultrasound system
Siemens / GE multi-modality workstation
Sim capable
Single balloon enteroscopy
Sleep medicine
Sodium fluoride PET / CT bone scan
Soft tissue biopsy
SPECT/CT camera for nuclear studies
Speech and language pathology
Speech therapy
Spinal cord / dorsal column stimulators
Spiral computed tomography (CT)
Splenic surgery / spleenectomy
SpyGlass (Cholangioscopy)
Stem cell transplantation
Stent placement / removal
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
Stereotactic radiosurgery in conjunction with Calypso
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) / Stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT)
Stress management classes
Super-dimension GPS bronchoscopy
Support groups
Surgical oncology
Surgical radiography
Survivorship support
Systemic radiation therapy
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Rhonda Sprinks

Breast cancer - Stage III hormone-positive

Rhonda Sprinks  Breast cancer - Stage III hormone-positive

Cancer: Stage III hormone-positive Breast cancer

Diagnosed: 2009

Treatments received: Chemotherapy, Mastectomy, Radiation therapy

Treatment at: CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center

Care team:

Michael Thomas, MD, FACS

Sagun Shrestha, MD


Milestones: At the end of all my treatments, blood tests and imaging scans showed no indications of cancer. I have been in remission for more than five years now.


My story

I was 30 years old when I found a lump on my breast. Cancer was the furthest thing from my mind. I was healthy and active. My husband and I had just gotten married a few months earlier. No one in my family had cancer. And I was too busy to dwell on any health issues. I had just started a master’s degree program in biology, I was rock climbing, I was in the military, and I was active with our church. No, it can’t be cancer. It couldn’t be. It wasn’t that I was pushing the thought out of my mind; I honestly believed there was no way I could have cancer.

After a couple of months the lump was still there, so I finally decided to get it checked. I had some tests done, and of course it’s never a good sign when the doctor tells you he or she wants to do further testing. But still, I was thinking no, it can’t be cancer.

My husband and I were together in the waiting room when I went to see the doctor after the last test results. We were joking around and planning the rest of our day. Life was normal. I wasn’t nervous about the news at all. Then the doctor informed us that I had a very aggressive form of breast cancer and it was in stage three. I needed surgery right away, followed by chemotherapy and possibly radiation.

I was totally blindsided by the news. It was like someone had knocked the wind out of me. I went completely numb. I felt my husband squeeze my hand, and in my head are the words, “in sickness and in health.” Talk about putting your vows into practice.

At that time I knew very little about cancer, and what I did know involved death. I didn’t feel sick. In fact, I felt totally healthy. I didn’t know how to process the fact that I wasn’t.

As we drove home, I became increasingly devastated. We got on the phone some people close to me. It was just a diagnosis, they emphasized to me. Reconnect with your purpose. Everything was still ahead of me. They recommended calling Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), and I ended up going there for a second opinion.

Going to CTCA

I had seen commercials for CTCA® but had never paid attention. It wasn’t on my radar. When I called, the person I spoke with was so friendly and kept telling me that CTCA would take care of everything for me—finding out about insurance coverage, scheduling appointments, and whatever else I needed.

When I went for an initial visit, I was amazed. Walking into CTCA was like entering a five-star hotel. I decided to pursue treatment at CTCA.

The first step of my care was a mastectomy on my right breast and the removal of 19 lymph nodes. That procedure was followed by chemotherapy for six months, with two drugs the first three months and another drug for three more months, and then seven weeks of radiation.

I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the time, so I drove to CTCA for treatments and then returned home. The first round of chemotherapy was very difficult. I was nauseous and extremely weak. I couldn’t get out of bed. Someone from CTCA called two or three days after each treatment round to see how I was doing. When I developed nausea, they prescribed a different anti-emetic medication to try. I experienced tingling in my fingers and the soles of my feet, like an itch that you can’t scratch. Their solution for this problem was soaking my feet in ice-cold water or hot water.

When all the treatments were completed, the diagnostic tests showed no visible signs of cancer. I have been in remission ever since.

It’s in the attitude

What I valued the most during my treatment was the love I felt. When people are happy to see you and they treat you like royalty, it makes a huge difference in your well-being. Cancer can make a person feel like an oddball. The last thing anyone needs is to feel like a burden or like your doctor or nurse doesn’t have time for you. Being treated so lovingly flipped a switch in me. It helped me look forward in a positive way. The loving support of my husband, family and friends was also huge in this turnaround.

I also looked inside myself for strength. I knew that I still had work to do here, and that helped me through the harder days. Today I work as a wildlife biologist tracking bats and protecting bat species on the federal endangered species list. I am also a captain in the military and I do holistic health coaching for cancer survivors.

It was hard not being active, so I worked at regaining my strength as soon as I could. A few years after my diagnosis, I placed second in my first body building competition. My husband and I are starting to plan our future now.

After my diagnosis and during treatment, I needed help working through the mental challenges. Staying intact requires constant attention. With chemotherapy, the side effects come in cycles with the treatment. I would feel ill the first week after, then better by the second, and just when I was back to normal it was time for the next round. It was frustrating, and dealing with the ups and downs needed constant attention. I turned to Scripture, drawing strength in particular from the phrase, “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine but a broken spirit crushes the bone.” I noticed that my physical state was very connected to my emotional and mental state. If I was happy on the inside, I felt better. On my bad days mentally, I felt ten times worse in my body.

The simple things

When a doctor informs you that you’re very sick, it can feel as if you’ve lost control. I discovered that finding small things that I could have control over really helped. It could be as simple as a craft project, but something that I could do on my own. I also found little things throughout the day to be thankful for. There are plenty waiting to be found.

Learning about breast cancer and its treatment was also very helpful. I became knowledgeable about what was going on inside my body. That investment made me feel like I was part of my own care, which was very helpful.

Patients who’d come through the other side inspired me. When I was in my worst moments, these patients were the light at the end of the tunnel. 

And CTCA was incredible. They knew my husband by name and they welcomed him just like they welcomed me. They ask about him when I go for my annual follow-up visits. Thanks to CTCA, I picture a moment in life that can be overcome.


Todd Hardy

Lung cancer - Stage IA

Todd Hardy  Lung cancer Survivor, CTCA, Tulsa, USA

Cancer: Stage IA Lung cancer

Diagnosed: 2014

Treatments received: Lobectomy

Treatment at: CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center

Care team:

Peter Baik, DO

Milestones: Just a few months after surgery, I am back to running and lifting weights.


My story

I was 41 years old when I was diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer after having treatment for a painful kidney stone. I felt healthy; I had never smoked a single cigarette in my life, and had no symptoms.

Finding my doctor—and so much more

When we got home I started searching online for information about the cancer with which I’d been diagnosed. I was looking for whatever I could find. During that research I came across the website for Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) and clicked the link to start “chatting” with a representative. After typing back and forth and explaining my story, the representative suggested that I just call CTCA®.

I called CTCA and the person I spoke with was in Chicago. I didn’t rule out the option of traveling so far away for treatment, but I explained that I wasn’t sure that was what I wanted. She asked if I could get to their facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, instead. A five-hour drive was easy to say “yes” to. I made the trip the next day.

The doctor I met with at CTCA made the same diagnosis and actually suggested the same treatment that I had received elsewhere, a lobectomy. But although these were the same facts the other doctor had provided, the approach felt entirely different.

Then I met with Dr. Baik, my surgeon, who told me that he had done many, many of these operations, but that CTCA would be getting a new robotic surgery device in three weeks that would make the procedure less invasive and less painful. My recovery time would potentially be faster and I would be in the hospital for a shorter stay. I decided to come back to CTCA in three weeks for a lobectomy with robotic surgery.

I chose CTCA because the doctors I met with explained everything. They discussed all the variables, all the scenarios, and made sure I understood what they were saying. My doctors at CTCA listened to me when I said I wanted to run and lift weights again, two of my passions, and they suggested the option that they believed would help me.

Dr. Baik was also honest with me. He explained that when he removed the tumor, he could find that the cancer cells were touching the top of the next lung lobe, which would mean a more extensive surgery and chemotherapy. He told me there was no certainty about what he would find, and he made sure to find out what I wanted with each possible scenario. He took the time at the start so that he could do whatever was needed during the first surgery; if he wasn’t sure, he would have to wait for me to wake up and then operate again. His approach avoided that, and reassured me that he was listening and including me in the decision-making process.

A speedy recovery

Three weeks later, I was back at CTCA for the procedure. The top left lobe of my lung was removed on a Wednesday. On Thursday, with an IV in my arm and a tube in my chest, I walked a mile. Five weeks later, I ran a 5K.

Three months after the surgery, I am feeling very well. Although I am not yet completely healed, I am able to coach several little league sports, which I love to do, and also run and lift weights regularly. I have had some slight pain in my chest and itching as the nerves regenerate but as Dr. Baik explained, this mild side effect will end as my body finishes healing.

My speedy recovery owes a lot to my wife. She understood that I needed to be out of the hospital bed as soon as possible. She knew I needed to start doing things for myself right away, and that pampering was not what was needed. She talked with the nurses about this, and the nurses followed her lead. Thanks to her, I was out of bed and walking around sooner than anyone expected.

When I first heard the diagnosis, I was scared. There is no way to avoid the worst thoughts and fears when you hear this news. But with the help of my wife and the support of CTCA, I was able to think things through, steady myself for the road ahead, and keep going.

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Accreditations & Awards Cancer Hospital Tulsa, Oklahoma




The Joint Commission

Southwestern is currently accredited by The Joint Commission with Full Standards Compliance. This accreditation decision is awarded to a healthcare organization that demonstrates satisfactory compliance with applicable Joint Commission standards in all performance areas.


NAPBC accreditation

Southwestern was awarded a three-year full accreditation for our breast program from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The NAPBC has established 27 standards that breast centers must meet to assure all patients with breast disease receive the highest quality of care, including breast center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.

American College of Radiology imaging accreditation

Southwestern's Imaging Department has earned full accreditation by the American College of Radiology in all Imaging modalities (MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, PET/CT, Mammogram, and Ultrasound). The ACR awards accreditation to facilities that have achieved a high practice standard, which requires that the image quality and procedure evaluations are conducted by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who are experts in the fiel

Our hospital is accredited by the following professional healthcare organizations:

  • The Joint Commission
  • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act
  • National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
  • American Association of Blood Banks
  • College of American Pathologists
  • American College of Radiology – Mammography, CT, PET/CT, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound & MRI Accreditation Programs
  • American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
  • American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program


Hospital Awards

Southwestern has received the following awards:

  • 2015 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence AwardSM in Patient Experience
  • 2015, 2012, 2011 and 2007 "Best Places to Work in Oklahoma"
  • 2004, 2007 and 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award, Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
  • 2014 and 2012 Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business Award
  • 2010 Sunquest Annual Excellence Award for Laboratory Solution Success
  • 2008 Friend of ODA Award from the Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics



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Tulsa, Oklahoma


Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 47th-most populous city in the United States. The city offers visitors some beautiful sights as it is situated on the Arkansas River at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in northeast Oklahoma, a region of the state known as "Green Country".

Tulsa is considered the cultural and arts center of Oklahoma and houses one of the nation's largest concentrations of art deco architecture, two world-renowned art museums, full-time professional opera and ballet companies. The city has been called one of America's most livable large cities by Partners for Livable Communities, Forbes, and Relocate America. FDi Magazine in 2009 ranked the city no. 8 in the U.S. for cities of the future. In 2012, Tulsa was ranked among the top 50 best cities in the United States by BusinessWeek.



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