Mission & History

CARTI’s mission is to promote the finest quality cancer treatment and compassionate care and to improve our knowledge through education and research.

We began fulfilling that mission in 1976, when we opened our doors to what was then known as Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute. As a single, centrally located treatment facility solely devoted to one modality of cancer treatment, namely radiation therapy, the cancer treatment institution grew quickly as convenient radiation therapy treatment facilities were opened throughout the state, adding facilities in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Searcy and Mountain Home.

In August 2011, CARTI announced it was joining forces with Little Rock Hematology and Oncology (LRHO), now a division of CARTI.  In January 2013, Hematology Oncology Services of Arkansas also joined CARTI, providing Central Arkansas with a comprehensive cancer care network that is second to none. The not-for-profit multi-specialty cancer organization now offers patients a full range of treatment options within a single network of coordinated care, including the most advanced forms of diagnostic radiology, surgical oncology, oncology/hematology, as well as leading-edge radiation therapy.

Today, CARTI has treated approximately 220,000 cancer patients to date. CARTI remains on the cutting edge of cancer treatment by maintaining state-of-the-art equipment and nationally renowned physicians and staff.

The CARTI Foundation, which was founded in 1983, helps fund the Ray of Hope Patient Assistance Program, offering offer housing, transportation and financial assistance, emotional and nutritional counseling and cancer survivor retreats for qualifying patients.

With plans in the future to construct an all-inclusive cancer care center in the Little Rock area, CARTI is continuing in its mission to bring the fight to cancer.