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Progress, Fall 2004

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Leading in the Conquest of Cancer

Ranked seventh on US News & World Report magazine's "Best Hospitals" list of the nation's top Cancer Centers for 2004

One of only 38 U.S. centers to earn the National Cancer Institute's "Comprehensive" designation by meeting strict guidelines for:

  • Extensive, interactive and innovative clinical and laboratory research
  • Participation in NCI testing of new therapies
  • Significant cancer prevention and control program activity
  • Programs in patient education, community service and outreach, and the instruction and training of health professionals

Among 18 premier cancer centers in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, formed to develop national guidelines to ensure the delivery of consistent, high-quality, cost- effective cancer care

In Fiscal Year 2004, U-M provided more services to more patients and families than ever before:

  • 59,471 outpatient visits
  • 34,952 infusion treatments
  • 3,410 courses of radiation treatment and 3,840 radiation consults provided at University Hospital, and six outside locations
  • 4,073 adult cancer patients admitted to U-M hospital - more than any other hospital in Michigan
  • The top five cancers diagnosed and treated at U-M: melanoma, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer and blood cancers

Caring for Our Patients

Ten multidisciplinary clinics form the core of cancer care at Michigan, providing one-stop access to compre- hensive, timely, cost-effective consensus treatment from a panel of experts and bringing the latest research to the patient:

Blood and Marrow Transplant Lymphoma/Leukemia
Breast Care Melanoma
Endocrine Pancreatic
Head and Neck Sarcoma
Lung Urologic

The Cancer Center also delivers care in the following specialized clinics:

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Gastrointestinal Cancers
Breast Imaging Gynecologic Cancers
Breast Wellness Hematologic Disorders
Cancer Genetics Neurologic Cancers
Cutaneous Surgery and Oncology Orthopaedic Oncology
Fertility Counselling and Gamete Cryopreservation Pediatric Cancers
  Radiation Oncology

One of the most comprehensive programs in the nation, our Patient Support Services Program currently offers over 30 different services. 2004 Program highlights include:

The opening of a PsychOncology clinic focused solely on addressing the emotional issues unique to a diagnosis of cancerThe opening of a Skills Lab to equip patients to participate in their treatment and recovery at home

Continued expansion of our Patient Education Resource Center, offering customized print and web- based information searches, as well as information guides created on over 50 cancer topics

Undertaking Innovative Research

Over 340 U-M faculty members maintain membership in the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, requiring both an active practice in the clinical care of cancer patients and collaboration in research

The U-M Cancer Center is ranked sixth in the nation in grant funding received from the National Cancer Institute based on the number of grants awarded

The Cancer Center's research portfolio consists of four Basic Science Research Programs, eight Clinical Research Programs and two Prevention and Control Research Programs, all supported by thirteen shared core services:


  • Cancer Cell Biology o Cancer Genetics
  • Experimental Therapeutics
  • Tumor immunology & Immunotherapy


  • Breast Oncology
  • Connective Tissue Oncology
  • Cutaneous Oncology
  • Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • Head & Neck Oncology
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma - Blood & MarrowTransplantation
  • Prostate]Urologic Oncology


  • Biomedical Prevention
  • Socio-Behavioral Prevention

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Please Note:

This article is part of the Cancer Center's News Archive, and is listed here for historical purposes.

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