Cancer Survivor Praises New Healthcare Approach 

Does the amount of time a patient spends in a doctor’s office have anything to do with the outcome? Some think so – including a woman from Bingham who says she’s been given a second chance on life after she got a second opinion after her diagnosis of cancer.Five years ago 53-year old Terry Belflower was told she had breast cancer. At that time she was told she had six months to a year to live. Overcoming the odds hasn’t been easy according to Belflower, who travels monthly to Philadelphia for treatment. Originally Belflower saw local doctors, but after a grim diagnosis of only a year to live she decided to branch out and get another opinion on her condition. For the past four years she has been a patient at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) located in Philadelphia where she says her outlook has become much brighter. For the past year Belflower has taken part in a pilot program called, “Patient Empowered Care”, which is taking a whole new approach to healthcare. The program offers more time with doctors, on average 2 to 3 hours. Physicians and clinicians at CTCA say it’s an approach that works. CTCA says 89 percent of patients felt that their medical providers worked together as a team and provided more coordinated care as compared to a previous visit for treatment. 99.1 percent of patients felt they received the information necessary to fully understand their medical condition, and 98.8 percent of patients felt they better understood their treatment options. Last month the four Cancer Treatment Centers of America implemented the program. Belflower is thankful she took part and believes it’s given her more time to enjoy life, she says, “They don’t sit there and say well, I need the room in 15 minutes so you’re out. You have to have a good support system. You have to have faith and you really have to believe that you’re going to beat this.”For more information on the Cancer Treatment Centers of America click here.