ZION, Ill., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a new partnership with Chicago area-based American Center for Spine and Neurosurgery (ACSN), Cancer Treatment Centers of America ® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) expands its services to include neurosurgery. CTCA patients with cancer of the central nervous system will be provided with the comfort of undergoing surgery in-house with the state-of-the-art technology and space now available in the new surgical center at CTCA at Midwestern. Together, the ACSN and CTCA at Midwestern are committed to improving quality of life, introducing new technology and exploring new avenues of treatment.
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"Our promise has always been to rally our medical expertise around the patient," said Anne Meisner, president and CEO of CTCA at Midwestern. "That includes providing comprehensive medical treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery under one roof. As we strive to continually lead the health care industry in providing advanced options for cancer treatment, the addition of neurosurgery to our surgical services is a key investment into the care of our patients.""Neurosurgery is a powerful tool in the fight against cancer," said Meisner. "It is a highly specialized field of surgery that can offer hope to many of our patients. I am proud to add neurosurgery to the arsenal of treatment options available to CTCA at Midwestern patients as they battle this disease." In this new agreement, Juan C. Alzate, MD, of the ACSN will perform neurosurgical procedures such as tumor removal, spinal tumor resection and stereotaxic brain biopsy at Midwestern. Previously, patients at Midwestern undergoing neurosurgery traveled for consult and surgery. According to Charles Komen Brown, MD, PhD and medical director of surgery and surgical oncology at CTCA at Midwestern, "The American Center for Spine and Neurosurgery is a leader in spine, brain and nerve care, with a focus on helping patients minimize pain and symptoms to facilitate a quick return to the activities they enjoy. We are very excited to welcome Dr. Juan Alzate to our team." Dr. Alzate is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society. Dr. Alzate is fluent in English and Spanish and has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored many book chapters and has spoken at numerous conferences both in the U.S. and Colombia. "I am very excited to embark on a new relationship with CTCA at Midwestern patients," said Alzate. "The surgical staff at CTCA at Midwestern is highly trained and responsive. As a leader on this team, I am committed to working with patients to develop an individualized approach that meets their needs and helps them return quickly to family, work and the things that they enjoy."