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Health News 2 Use: Treating Cancer During The Pandemic

Posted at 9:07 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 22:27:17-04

TULSA, Okla.  — Happy music and a surprise visit from friends before Robin Roberson's cancer surgery today.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in late January, surgery was first scheduled two weeks ago in Oklahoma City.

That hospital canceled her surgery. Roberson refused to wait knowing her cancer's aggressive. Plus, she's lost relatives to the disease.

"So, I started looking for alternate solutions, because I knew I had to have a double mastectomy," Roberson said.

That's when friends told her about Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, which quickly set up appointments and navigated insurance barriers.

"If it hadn't been for CTCA, I wouldn't be here," Roberson said. "I would have to have gone out-of-state."

CTCA recently earned two top honors. The Becker's Hospital Review named it one of the top patient-recommended hospitals nationwide.

"That's a pretty high honor to know that only 22 hospitals across the country have been recognized for this in patient satisfaction," said Dr. Kevin Tulipana, the regional medical officer for CTCA.

Tulipana said they also earned a five star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"So, these are two key indicators that this isn't just all talk," Tulipana said. "We actually walk it as well, and it's all about getting the right providers and clinicians nurses, staff around the table to really treat our patients as people."

For patients like Roberson, that couldn't be more clear.

"Working with a center like CTCA, they are focused completely on cancer," Roberson said. "So, the covid crisis didn't really affect them as much."

To learn more information about Cancer Treatment Centers of America, click here.

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