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CTCA At Midwestern Among First In The Country To Offer New Minimally Invasive Surgery For Deep Subcortical Brain Tumors

To date, fewer than 100 of these procedures have been done across the United States using the Six Pillar Approach.  Achieving greater tumor resection can extend life expectancy for some patients. It can also help minimize some of the serious side effects brain tumors can cause including loss of speech, sight and mobility, supporting improved quality of life.  This approach is being used to treat patients battling malignant primary brain cancers known as glioblastoma, as well as patients with metastatic cancer that has traveled to the brain from other parts of the body."Patients battling aggressive cancer want time and quality of life," said Alzate.  "It is our job to offer leading-edge treatment that not only work to extend their life, but also help provide for a good quality of life. This approach to brain surgery also brings the medical profession one step closer to better understanding the genetic makeup of tumors so we can develop personalized treatments."

During the final phase of the procedure, surgeons collect and preserve tissue for pathological evaluation.  Researchers hope to use the samples collected to advance research and the development of personalized treatment options tailored to a patient's unique cancer type.  Subcortical brain tumors have been historically difficult to access due to the risks associated with traveling through the brain to the tumor location, which may result in memory loss or disruptions to speech and movement.  The Six Pillar Approach significantly reduces these risks by using computer guided navigation and by displacing tissue rather than cutting it as surgeons gain access to the tumor site.  Since the surgery is minimally invasive, patients are generally able to leave the hospital within one to two days following surgery, and can resume limited activities soon thereafter. 

CTCA at Midwestern offers advanced treatments for primary and metastatic brain and spinal cord cancers.  Each patient is seen by a multidisciplinary team, which includes a neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist and experts trained in oncology rehabilitation, naturopathic medicine, mind body medicine and nutrition.  This team works together to understand the individual needs of each patient and provide advanced, fully integrated treatments.  For more information about neurosurgery at CTCA at Midwestern, visit www.cancercenter.com.

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America ® Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals focusing on complex and advanced stage cancer.  CTCA offers a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment and serves patients from all 50 states at facilities located in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa.  Known for delivering the Mother Standard ® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine ®, CTCA provides patients with information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, go to www.cancercenter.com .

SOURCE Cancer Treatment Centers of America

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