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Author:Swaney, Chriss


Neurosurgeon at Cancer Treatment Centers of America[R] (CTCA)

Cancer is unforgiving. When neurosurgeons ply their craft they look for a classic constellation of symptoms--weight loss, fevers, night sweats, unremitting back pain, cough--indicating symptoms relating to spinal cancer. The gears of time begin to grind down.

But at Cancer Treatment Centers of America[R] (CTCA), the neurosurgeons are on full alert when identifying symptoms to reach a diagnosis. Juan Alzate, MD, whose father died of cancer in Colombia, works with patients who have brain or spinal cancer, as well as cancer that has spread to the brain or spine from other areas of the body.

"My overall goal for my patients is to deliver excellent care and treatment using advanced and innovative technologies in order to achieve the best possible outcome for patients with brain and spinal tumors," says Dr. Alzate, a world-renowned neurosurgeon at CTCA[R].

Dr. Alzate is a proud partner with such a reputable organization that features high-quality, state-of-the-art operating rooms and support staff. He utilizes traditional and minimally invasive surgical procedures including intricate, spinal and endoscopic cranialbased surgeries.

"By using minimally invasive surgical technologies, we are able to reduce complications and speed recovery with minimal scarring, where possible," he says. Dr. Alzate empowers his patients with information and takes time to discuss their concerns and address their questions. He helps them understand their conditions so they can make informed decisions regarding their treatment plan.

Dr. Alzate advises that education is very important in the treatment of cancer. He often goes out into the Latino community to help spread the word about early cancer detection. "I like to enlist community members to help magnify the process of cancer detection and to encourage folks into getting screened early," he says. "I look for leg pain or severe back pain. I also ask folks if they have had any severe headaches or confusion, as...

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