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Presbyterian Cancer Care Becomes the Southwest's First Certified Member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®

Release Date:

June 13, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexicans will now have more cancer treatment options close to home as Presbyterian Cancer Care has become a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network, a program supported by MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The affiliation provides our medical oncologists and surgeons with access to a wide range of multidisciplinary care resources, including disease-specific and evidence-based guidelines, treatment plans and best practices developed by MD Anderson.  It also means our oncologists and surgeons now have the opportunity to present especially rare or complex cancer cases and seek consultation with MD Anderson's experts.

"As the Southwest region's only certified member of the network, Presbyterian Cancer Care is bringing a new level of hope to cancer patients in New Mexico," said Bernard Agbemadzo, MD, medical director, Presbyterian Cancer Care. "Through our expanded collaboration, our patients can continue to benefit from two leading, recognized teams with one mission: to end cancer."

To become a certified member of the network, Presbyterian Cancer Care underwent rigorous clinical practice reviews and safety evaluations. This partnership builds on the success of Presbyterian's 10-year radiation oncology collaboration with MD Anderson Physicians Network. MD Anderson Cancer Center, located in Houston, is one of the world's largest and most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, prevention and education. Since 1944, more than 1.2 million patients have turned to MD Anderson for care. It is home to one of the largest clinical trials programs for cancer in the world, and employs more than 20,000 cancer fighters dedicated to ending the disease.

"Presbyterian's radiation oncology practice has been a part of MD Anderson Physicians Network since 2006, but expanding our relationship to include its entire cancer care program means an even greater impact on patients in New Mexico," said William A. Murphy, Jr., M.D., chair of the board of MD Anderson Physicians Network. "Now, more patients will have access to MD Anderson's expertise and cutting edge research, but with the added benefit of staying close to home. Presbyterian has a long history of providing high-quality, patient-centered care, and we welcome this opportunity to broaden our collaboration."

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Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state's largest private employer with more than 11,000 employees.

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