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M. D. Anderson Tops National Cancer Rankings

U. S. News & World Report Releases Annual “Best Hospitals” Survey

M. D. Anderson News Release 07/16/09

For the sixth time in the last eight years, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is the leading hospital in the nation for cancer care, according to the annual “Best Hospitals” survey published by U.S. News & World Report.

Since the survey began in 1990, M. D. Anderson has been ranked as one of the United States’ top two cancer hospitals.

In addition to the top ranking for cancer, M. D. Anderson had the most subspecialty rankings it has ever had with top listings in ear, nose and throat (2), urology (9), gynecology (12), digestive disorders (23) and diabetes and endocrine disorders (41).

In a separate survey of pediatric hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report last month, M. D. Anderson’s Children’s Cancer Hospital was ranked 13th in the nation.

“This national ranking is a great point of pride among our employees and volunteers, one that we share with our patients, survivors and their families,” said John Mendelsohn M.D., president of M. D. Anderson. “This year, with the national economic downturn and the impact of Hurricane Ike, the news is especially welcome as we redirect and recommit our resources to the many needs of those we serve.”

The U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings are based on a reputation survey of board-certified physician specialists around the nation, nurse-to-patient ratios and certain technologies and services available to patients and the community.

The 2009 Survey Year at M. D. Anderson

Improved access and short wait times for new patients seeking treatment at M. D. Anderson have been a primary focus of the institution, in addition to helping Galveston area cancer patients following Hurricane Ike, preparing grant proposals for the new Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), seeking expanded research funding from the National Cancer Institute and addressing the needs of a growing population of cancer survivors.

As M. D. Anderson clinics continue to welcome new patients, three new pilot clinics have been added to monitor and care for cancer survivors. With more than 200,000 survivors returned to their lives – children and adults who have been treated successfully at M. D. Anderson and who are now followed by their physicians annually – the clinics have been opened to better address the social, economic and emotional aspects of the disease as well as the physical side effects of treatment and the prevention or early detection of recurrence or second cancers.

M. D. Anderson recently opened survivorship clinics in Gynecologic Oncology, Genitourinary Oncology and the Endocrine Clinic (thyroid cancer) to pilot new services and guidelines for surveillance, risk reduction, early detection of new cancers and care for late or lingering side effects. Providing survivorship services in the clinics where survivors received their original cancer care will ensure individualized attention and help ease the transition of life after cancer.

A component of survivorship care includes development of a comprehensive care summary. The “Passport Plan for Health” is an electronic tool for patients and their health care providers that summarizes their cancer treatment and communicates appropriate follow up.

For many survivors, research may have been the key. At M. D. Anderson, scientific knowledge gained in the laboratory is rapidly translated into clinical care. Last year, the institution invested more than $488 million in research, an increase of about 56 percent in the past five years. M. D. Anderson ranks first in the number of research grants awarded and total amount of grant dollars given by the National Cancer Institute. Almost 13,000 patients participated in clinical trials exploring novel therapies and diagnostic tests last year, making it the largest such program in the nation.

M. D. Anderson is one of Houston’s largest employers with approximately 17,000 employees, including 1,450 faculty members. To complement the faculty and staff, about 1,400 volunteers devote more than 227,000 hours of service annually, equal to 109 full-time employees.

M. D. Anderson is one of the largest cancer centers in the world, serving about 90,000 people annually, one-third of who are new patients. Patients are treated in multidisciplinary clinics where medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and others – all specialists in a specific cancer – work together to provide personalized care. 07/16/09

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