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Cancer Treatment Centers of America(R) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center Recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence(TM) for the Fourth Year in a Row

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Only Illinois Hospital Awarded for Providing Quality Breast Cancer Care

ZION, IL --(Marketwired - March 22, 2016) -  For the fourth consecutive year, Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) in Suburban Chicago has been recognized as a top center in the country for providing quality breast cancer care by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC®). The CTCA® at Midwestern breast center is the only center in Illinois, and one of only 49 centers nationally, to be recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence, reinforcing the hospital's position as a national leader in breast cancer care.

As part of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, the NQMBC recognizes centers with the esteemed designation for providing the highest level of care to patients. Using 36 National Quality Indicators, the NQMBC evaluates breast programs on data from the areas of imaging, surgery, cancer registry, pathology, radiation and patient satisfaction to determine if high standards are met.

"Being recognized as a Certified Breast Center of Excellence provides patients with the confidence that we have demonstrated our commitment to treat them with safe and quality care," said Stephen P. Ray, MD, FACS, medical director of the Breast Center and medical director of oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery at CTCA at Midwestern. "At CTCA at Midwestern, we are driven to provide cutting-edge treatments alongside evidence-based integrative oncology services that focus on side effect management, survivorship and quality of life."

Patients from all over the country and internationally travel to CTCA at Midwestern for world-class treatment. In 2014, 598 new patients sought breast cancer treatment from the CTCA at Midwestern medical team. At the first appointment, patients are evaluated using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to identify the cancer type and stage of the disease. A multidisciplinary patient care team, which may include a medical oncologist, surgeon and radiation oncologist, develops a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan, which is targeted to a patient's unique cancer. In addition, patients are supported with evidence-based integrative oncology services such as nutrition, naturopathic medicine and mind-body medicine to alleviate side effects of cancer treatment and promote quality of life.

The breast center at CTCA at Midwestern offers several advanced treatment options, including:

  • Advanced radiation therapies, including Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) (a concentrated dose of radiation delivered at the time of surgery), AccuBoost® and Calypso® soft tissue Beacon®
  • Breast-sparing surgery, including immediate and delayed breast reconstruction options including microsurgical flaps, breast implants and reconstructive microsurgery
  • Lymphedema management, including oncology rehabilitation, vascularized lymph node transfer surgery (the process of transferring lymph nodes from another part of the body to the damaged site) and lymphaticovenular bypass surgery (the process of shunting excess fluid from dilated lymphatics to adjacent tiny blood vessels)
  • Genetic testing (to determine a person's hereditary cancer risk) and genomic testing (to determine the DNA alterations that drive the growth of a tumor)

"We are honored to be recognized by the NQMBC for providing quality breast cancer care," said Scott Jones, president and CEO of CTCA at Midwestern. "Everything we do at CTCA at Midwestern is about our patients. Even the design of our new six-story inpatient tower had our breast cancer patients in mind. In November 2015, we opened a special breast and reconstructive surgery inpatient unit, where patients receive care from a medical team specializing in breast cancer, as well as have the opportunity to share their stories with others undergoing similar procedures."

For more information about breast cancer treatments available at CTCA at Midwestern, visit www.cancercenter.com/midwestern.

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America ®
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., is a national network of five hospitals that serves adult patients who are fighting cancer. CTCA® offers an integrative approach to care that combines advancements in genomic testing and precision cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, immunotherapy and chemotherapy, with evidence-based complementary therapies that support patients physically and emotionally, enhancing their quality of life while reducing side effects both during and after treatment. CTCA serves patients from around the world at its hospitals in Atlanta, Suburban Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Consistently rated among U.S. hospitals that deliver the highest quality of care and patient experience, CTCA provides patients and their families with comprehensive information about their treatment options and encourages their active participation in treatment decisions. For more information, visit cancercenter.com, Facebook.com/cancercenter and Twitter.com/cancercenter.

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America ® at Midwestern Regional Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) is a landmark in cancer care that uses advanced technology and precision medicine to offer treatment for adult patients battling cancer. The 72-bed hospital combines innovative conventional medical treatments with evidence-based integrative oncology services to deliver whole-person care. CTCA® at Midwestern is a Magnet Recognized® hospital, ranking among the top centers in the nation for nursing excellence. The hospital is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for demonstrating compliance with the FACT-JACIE International Standards for Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Processing and Administration. CTCA at Midwestern also holds high honors as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence, recognized by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC®). For more information, visit www.cancercenter.com/midwestern.

Kristen Gerlach
847-746-9979
Kristen.Gerlach@ctca-hope.com