I have mixed opinions of CTCA. I do like their philosophy that they don't put an expiration date on someones life(or something to that effect) and they don't turn away any Cancer patient by saying "there is is nothing we can do", I think that is great that they give a lot of people hope and I think they have much success with many cancers. In my fathers case, we went there b/c our other Oncologist said that she wouldn't treat his lung mets b/c there was no real proven treatment for them, and any kind of chemo given to him would weaken him more and destroy any quality of life that he had left. She said he could probably live another six months decently without any treatment. My dad didn't want to hear that, he wanted to do something to fight. So I got a hold of CTCA and they were very receptive to seeing him. Unfortunately after reviewing all his cat, pet tests, they didn't have too many treatment options. The doctor reccomended Xoleda, and he wanted to give it a try. After 3 months the Xoleda didn't work, infact it really kicked his butt. He had had resection and was allready compromised in his internal organ area with scar tissue and hernias and after the first week of Xoleda, he suffered tons of abdomenal pain, and it has never gone away.
Given my fathers age, and history, I guess I wished the Onc at CTCA would have also suggested to do nothing with the lung mets. Even at the time, I felt that way. Given CTCA's attitude on thier website and commercials, I didnt feel our Oncologist was positive at all, infact she pretty much said, that Xoleda is used for breast cancer patients, and has had "some" success with lung mets, but not too much.....
I always think second and third opinions are good, so I would definitly consider taking the trip to Illinois, but if they have the same treatment options where you are at, I would stay where you are.
I will say, for what it is worth, the hospital is beautiful and the staff is incredibly accommodating, and in your case they will find you a hotel and shuttle you back and fourth. They treat every cancer with alternative medicine as well, so those are all bonuses.
The Lord is my shephard