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M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Retains Representation in Turkey

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Retains Representation in Turkey
M. D. Anderson News Release 02/18/04

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center today announced that the institution has retained Dumanli International, a health care consulting firm in Istanbul, to facilitate information access and treatment referrals for Turkish patients seeking therapy at the Houston cancer center. In keeping with its mission to eradicate cancer through translational research, M. D. Anderson also seeks to broaden international opportunities for collaboration between oncologists in Houston and clinicians in Turkey.

Dumanli International works on behalf of U. S. – based health-related organizations and consults with patients seeking medical treatment abroad. Headed by Murat Dumanli, the firm will assist with medical records management and travel arrangements, and provide administrative assistance to patients upon their return home to Turkey.

“Through this new representation, we will offer Turkish patients with cancer their very best option for hope and survival,” says Wendeline Jongenburger, director of M. D. Anderson’s International Program. She adds,  “We are excited about exchanging information with Turkish clinicians and sharing knowledge of the highest quality, research-driven patient care available.”

In his new role, Dumanli will draw on his considerable knowledge of M. D. Anderson, which he gained while employed as an interpreter and patient advocate at the Houston cancer center, Jongenburger said.

M. D. Anderson is internationally renowned for its commitment to translational medicine – driving pioneering cancer research from the laboratory to patient therapies at the bedside – and is dedicated to the highest standards of clinical care, education and prevention. Part of the Texas Medical Center, a group of 42 premier medical institutions, M. D. Anderson is a first-choice destination for patients from all over the world. As many as 25,000 international visitors come each year to the Texas Medical Center for care. In 1986, Turkey opened a consulate in Houston, in recognition of, among other factors, the growing number of patients traveling to the Texas Medical Center.

Premier Care and Cultural Understanding Draw International Patients 
The International Center (IC) at M. D. Anderson serves as a gateway to accommodate patients’ medical, social, personal and religious needs.  Patient coordinators offer pre-travel assistance and – accessing the expertise of a dedicated group of translators – play an invaluable supportive role throughout the duration of treatment in Houston. Turkish is one of nearly 30 languages available 24 hours a day.

M. D. Anderson has several cancer specialists on staff who are from Turkey and who maintain close professional and educational relationships with physicians in Turkey, often regarding follow-up care for patients seen at the cancer center. Future plans in Turkey also include the formation of a survivor network, modeled after M. D. Anderson’s Anderson Network, the world’s oldest and largest cancer survivor network.

M. D. Anderson – Making Cancer History
M. D. Anderson, a nonprofit institution founded in 1941, has established an international reputation as one of the world’s preeminent centers for cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. A multidisciplinary approach, and dedication to translational research, education and prevention are hallmarks of M. D. Anderson. Looking to the future, M. D. Anderson is increasingly focused on sharing new research developments and clinical expertise through affiliations with premier institutions around the world. M. D. Anderson Cancer Center was designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as one of the first three Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States. Consistently ranked one of the top two cancer centers in the United States by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” – including number one in three of the past four years – M. D. Anderson has provided care for more than 600,000 cancer patients since 1944 and 65,000 in the last year alone. In 2003, nearly 1,000 new patients from outside the U.S. came to M. D. Anderson for care.

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