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American Hospital Brings Top-Ranked Cancer Services to Turkey With M. D. Anderson Collaboration

New Choices for Cancer Patients in Istanbul, Turkey and the Region

M. D. Anderson News Release 01/28/10

Vehbi Koc Foundation (VKF) American Hospital and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center today announced that they are expanding cancer care services in Istanbul and Turkey through a new radiation treatment center located in the VKF American Hospital.

The M. D. Anderson Radiation Treatment Center in Istanbul at American Hospital is open today, offering a full range of radiation therapies. It is the first M. D. Anderson radiation treatment facility outside of the United States that fully replicates M. D. Anderson standards of therapies, delivered by physicians trained in Houston, Texas.

M. D. Anderson is currently ranked the number one cancer hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals Survey."

"American Hospital has been offering outstanding medical and surgical oncology services to patients in Turkey," said Evren Keles, M.D., CEO of American Hospital. "Through our work with M. D. Anderson on advanced radiation therapy, we will continue to raise the bar and deliver the full spectrum of cancer care related services to patients close to home."

M. D. Anderson and American Hospital are collaborating to meet a critical need in Turkey for expertise in radiation therapy that addresses the rising incidence of cancer, especially in lung and breast cancers.

"Cancer is as devastating a health problem in Turkey as it is in the United States," said John Mendelsohn, M.D., president of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. "We are proud to unite efforts with American Hospital to offer cancer patients in Turkey the best possible radiation treatment."

Designed by M. D. Anderson radiation oncologists, physicists and consultants, this new Center of Excellence in cancer care will provide patients in Turkey with access to top experts and state-of-the-art technologies to assist them with their fight against cancer. The center has the capacity to serve approximately 400 patients annually and is the result of a $15 million capital investment by American Hospital.

M. D. Anderson has clinical oversight of all radiation treatment delivery, ensuring that patients receive therapy using the same guidelines, standards, process and procedures established for M. D. Anderson patients. Services at the M. D. Anderson Radiation Treatment Center in Istanbul at American Hospital will be delivered using a team approach. The physician leading the team will work with colleagues in the Division of Radiation Oncology at M. D. Anderson to determine therapy protocols.

The center will be directed by Ugur Selek M.D., a former M. D. Anderson fellow and currently an adjunct associate professor at M. D. Anderson. All physicians, physicists, therapists and nurses at the new center have received training at M. D. Anderson.

Approximately 130,000 people in Turkey are diagnosed with cancer each year, according to available data, with lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths overall. Cancers of the respiratory system constitute nearly one-third of all reported cancers in men. In women, breast cancer comprises more than a quarter of reported cancers and was the second leading cause of cancer death. 01/28/10


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