Chemotherapy Available at Home with Launch of CTCA Program
“When the pandemic hit, telehealth was well positioned to be a powerful tool. It really was the silver lining in the entire shift in care.”
Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s pilot program, Oncology Clinic at Home, allows qualifying patients to receive their chemotherapy treatments in their own home.
Chevon Rariy, MD, medical director of Endocrinology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) Chicago, and the Telehealth Program director for the CTCA, recently spoke to Targeted Oncology®, sister publication of Oncology Nursing News®, about the effect of the pandemic on telehealth programs and the benefits that telehealth provides for patients with cancer.
The Oncology Clinic at Home program, which is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, delivers oncology care to patients so long as they are in good enough health to not require a hospital visit, can tolerate their medication in an in-patient setting, have reliable internet service, own a mobile device such as a laptop or mobile, and have insurance policies which cover the treatments. The program currently treats breast, lung, prostate, head and neck, colorectal and some genitourinary cancers.