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The neurosurgery team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) in Zion, Illinois, is committed to providing innovative treatment options for neurological cancers and neurological problems resulting from other cancers or treatments.

Neurosurgeons focus on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders or injuries that affect the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. At CTCA® at Midwestern, we treat many types of tumors, including primary brain tumors that form from cells within the brain. We also work with patients who have metastatic brain tumors that spread (metastasize) to the brain from another location in the body, such as the lung, colon, breast or kidney. Metastatic brain tumors are more common than primary brain tumors. The neurosurgeons at our hospital in the Metro Chicago region also treat primary tumors that form from cells within the spinal cord or from surrounding structures.

Dr. Juan Alzate, MD, a neurosurgeon on staff at CTCA at Midwestern, treats brain and spinal cord cancers, injuries or diseases using traditional and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Dr. Alzate is skilled in performing minimally invasive spinal surgery, as well as complex and minimally invasive endoscopic cranial-base surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, Dr. Alzate has published articles in several leading journals, including the Journal of Neurosurgery.  

With many surgical treatments available for brain, spinal and central nervous system cancers, it is important for patients to understand their options. Personalized cancer care begins with communication. The neurosurgeons at our Illinois hospital meet with patients to discuss the surgical options available and answer questions. The neurosurgeons, doctors and clinicians at our Zion cancer center work to help patients feel empowered to make informed decisions about their treatment.

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